2000 - present: Freelance Medical Writer/Editor/Proofreader
Duties: I am associate editor and a senior writer for A2Zzz magazine, which educates sleep technologists about new developments in the field. I began my association with A2Zzz in 2000.
I am also a contributing writer for several other magazines in the sleep
field (e.g., Focus, Sleep Review, RT), as well as for lay
health magazines (e.g., Healthy Living
News, Mature Living) in my local area (
In 2009, I expanded my services to provide proofreading and editing to various companies (e.g., Palabra, the Word Company; Premedia Global) and individuals. Through this experience, I have gained familiarity with the American Medical Association and the Council of Biology Editors styles of writing, as well as familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.
1985 - present: Registered Sleep Technologist (RPSGT)
Duties: I am a registered sleep technologist. My current duties are to prepare equipment such as the polysomnograph machine and sensors for nocturnal sleep studies; hook up patients for sleep studies; explain sleep study procedures to patients; and monitor patients during sleep.
1987 Graduate of the
1987 - present: American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST)
In addition to my membership, I am a frequent contributor to the AAST's magazine, A2Zz. I am a contributing writer for AAST's textbook, Fundamentals of Sleep Technology, which is used in training programs for sleep technologists. In the past I involved in AAST's efforts to pass legislation concerning issues that affect the sleep technology field.
2000 - 2002: American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
I was a member of the
I was the 2003 recipient of the Dr. Allen DeVilbiss Literary Award for my literary contributions to A2Zzz and to the sleep field.
In 2008, I was the recipient of the Peter A. McGregor Service Award for my contributions to A2Zzz and to the sleep field.
Patrick, R. 2015 Feb. Shifting Attitudes. Sleep Review.
Patrick, R. 2013 Oct. Nocturnal Eating and Its Relation to RLS and Narcolepsy. Sleep Review.
Patrick, R. 2012 Apr. Warning Label Adherence. Sleep Review.
Patrick, R. 2011. Free-running rhythm in sighted people. A2Zzz, 20(4):16-18.
Patrick, R. 2011 June. Early intervention: Predicting and preventing sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep Review. http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/issues/articles/2011-06_03.asp.
Patrick R. 2011 Fall. Asthma and melatonin. Focus. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1uuco/FocusJournalFall2011/resources/3.htm.
Patrick R. 2011. Treatment recommendation updates: Guidelines and recommendations for the management of narcolepsy and other central hypersomnias. Sleep Review. http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/issues/articles/2008-07_04.asp
Patrick R. 2010. Sleep pressure and adenosine. Focus, (Jan/Feb):12-13.
Patrick R. 2009. Dazed, confused, and tired. Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/issues/articles/2009-03_02.asp.
Patrick R. 2009. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and sleep disorders. A2Zzz, 18(4):15-16.
Patrick R. 2007. Principles of recording biopotentials. Fundamentals
of Sleep Technology,
Patrick R. 2012. Fundamentals of Sleep Technology, 2nd