Writing for Scholarship
Jonathan Borus, MD
Susan Pories, MD FACS
The focus of our interest group is to develop programs and resources to assist faculty in developing skills needed to write scholarly work for publication and promotion.
The Writing for Scholarship Interest Group previously authored A Writer's Toolkit, a resource to help young faculty members learn the nuances of scientific writing and the publication process. This was designed for junior medical school faculty to assist with successful publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The Toolkit was published in MedEdPortal and the link to the Toolkit is posted on the Academy Website. This continues to be a useful tool used around the world. The May 2014 Summary Usage Report from MedEdPortal shows the Toolkit has been downloaded 276 times by 254 unique users in 30 countries.
We established a collaboration between the Mentoring and the Writing for Scholarship Interest Groups to develop a small group mentoring program with the goals of 1) providing mentoring for Academy faculty in writing and publication of medical education manuscripts, 2) studying the impact of such a mentoring program on educational scholarship of Academy members , and 3) over time developing and providing a program of ongoing faculty development in skills for critiquing and providing high quality peer review of educational manuscripts. With pilot mentoring groups underway, this program is now being overseen by the Mentoring Interest Group.
We presented a two part workshop series in May 2014:
Workshop I: From Results to Manuscript
Moderator: Subha Ramani, M.D., Lecturer on Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Presenters: Stuart F. Quan, M.D., Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine Division of Sleep Medicine Harvard Medical School, and Julie Rich Ingelfinger, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
During this session, Drs. Quan and Ingelfinger reviewed the process of preparing a manuscript for publication, and guided participants in developing approaches to writing an original manuscript in the field of medical education. The presenters demonstrated and outline how to write specific sections of a paper (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, tables and figures), and showed participants how to develop the ancillary parts of a paper and determine their applicability to their work (i.e. online supplementary appendices, animations and videos). Dr. Ramani discussed the applicability of the presentation to medical education publications.
This seminar attracted over 60 participants. The activity was rated as good or excellent
(4 or 5 /5) by 86% of those who sent back evaluations.
Workshop II: The Journal Review Process and How to Respond to Reviews
Moderator: Terry R. Bard, D.D., Rabbi and Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Presenters: Jonathan F. Borus, M.D., Stanley Cobb Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Michele Burns, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital
During this session, Drs. Borus and Burns demystified the journal review process and discussed how to respond to requests for revision or rejection decisions. The presenters described the pre-review and submission processes, explained how the review process works, and outlined ways to respond to reviews that enhance the chance of having a paper accepted for publication. Two case examples of the presenters’ responses to reviews of their manuscripts were discussed.
Our group also held two seminars to further educate our members. Dr. T. Bernard Kinane, MGH, spoke about his use of Twitter and other social media in medical student education, and Nancy Ferrari, Managing Editor of Harvard Health Publications, spoke about working with professional medical writers.
We have begun the planning for our second Mini-Symposium in May 2015 entitled "Writing in Medical Education Scholarship“. Dr. Atul Gawande has agreed to be our keynote speaker.
Our plans for the 2014-15 academic year are to develop additional tools to help faculty become better writers, plan and hold the Mini-Symposium as well as additional workshops, and continue interest group educational sessions.
October 7, 2014 Meeting
April 22, 2014 Meeting
April 2, 2013 Meeting
September 12, 2013 Meeting
Writing Educational Studies for Publication
Draft of Writing Invitation
Academy Writing Workshop - “From Results to your CV”
Annotated Bibliography of Journals (Updated May 2012)
Jonathan Borus MD - Writing for Publication
Terry Bard DD - Writing for a Professional Journal
Writing, Pre-Review, and Review
Manuscript Review forms from Journals (American Journal of Psychiatry, New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, and Harvard Review of Psychiatry):
Review Form 1
Review Form 2
Review Form 3
Review Form 4
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