Notes from the Editor

September 2012: The Upcoming "DREAM" Collection

In 2013, MedEdPORTAL Publications will unveil a new collection of validated educational assessment resources. The result of a collaboration between MedEdPORTAL and the Georgia Health Sciences University, the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures (DREAM) initiative will consist of "Critical Synthesis Packages" that include a copy of the assessment resource, validity and reliability evidence, an expert critical analysis of the given assessment measure, and supplementary materials. DREAM resources will address knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are specific to health sciences education (e.g., measures of clinical skills) as well as broad assessment measures (e.g., personality traits) that have been applied successfully within the health sciences education context. A variety of assessment approaches will be included, including self-report, observational, quantitative, and qualitative methods.

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August 2012: Time Sensitive Materials in MedEdPORTAL Publications

MedEdPORTAL strives to build and maintain a collection that is both accurate and relevant. It is recognized that certain information contained within peer reviewed publications may eventually become inaccurate or obsolete. Unlike a traditional printed journal, an online resource like MedEdPORTAL Publications may be re-examined for accuracy and relevance. While it is not feasible to periodically re-review thousands of publications MedEdPORTAL does encourage primary authors to reevaluate their publication(s) for accuracy and relevance after three years. If a significant change must be made to the content of the publication, authors must submit an updated version as an entirely new submission to MedEdPORTAL Publications.  This subsequent submission will be subject to the formal MedEdPORTAL Publications peer review process and, if published, will be identified as a new and separate version (e.g., 2.0).  The original expired publication will not be removed from the website but its abstract will reference the most recent version published in MedEdPORTAL Publications.

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July 2012: The Importance of Submission Instructions

Authors that wish to submit their resource for consideration by MedEdPORTAL Publications are strongly encouraged to carefully review the Submission Instructions available here. These instructions provide important information for authors regarding the submission process and the minimum expected characteristics of each submission. For instance, each submission should include an Instructors Guide that addresses the information outlined in the instructions. In addition, the Submission Instructions also include the new MedEdPORTAL Publications Submission Standards that went into effect November 1, 2012. Questions regarding any component of the submission process should be directed to MedEdPORTAL Publications staff at

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June 2012: Call for Volunteers to Co-Present with MedEdPORTAL during the 2012 AAMC Annual Meeting

MedEdPORTAL invites members of the community to serve as discussion panelists for a session during the 2012 AAMC Annual Meeting: MedEdPORTAL – Changing the Tide for Promotion & Tenure. This session is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 6 (1:00-2:30pm). Specifically, we are looking published for authors and/or members of institutional promotion and tenure committees that would be willing to describe their local experience and observations regarding MedEdPORTAL publications and faculty advancement. If you would like to be considered as a panelist for this session please send an email to by June 28, 2012. In the email be sure to summarize your local experience regarding MedEdPORTAL publications and the extent to which the publication did/didn’t support faculty advancement decisions. All requests will be reviewed by MedEdPORTAL staff. Three to five panelists will be selected.

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May 2012: MedEdPORTAL Publications Resources for Authors

Authors that are considering submitting resources to MedEdPORTAL Publications are encouraged to consult the wealth of informational resources developed by MedEdPORTAL Publications staff to help others understand the submission and peer review processes. For instance, the Author Instructions web page describes important features of the submission process and includes resource templates for certain types of submissions (e.g., human patient simulations, standardized patient cases, team-based learning modules, and assessment instruments). The MedEdPORTAL Publications Submission Standards document outlines the scholarly expectations for potential MedEdPORTAL Publications submissions. The MedEdPORTAL Author Handbook contains a variety of detailed submission instructions, templates, and intellectual property release forms. In addition, the MedEdPORTAL Publications website describes all major submission policies and guidelines. Each of these resources may be found within the “Submit Resources” section of the MedEdPORTAL Publications website (

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April 2012: Expanding the MedEdPORTAL Collection

MedEdPORTAL continues to expand and evolve based on community feedback. Later this year the AAMC will introduce two additional collections to the MedEdPORTAL web site: iCollaborative and the Continuing Education (CE) Directory. The iCollaborative collection will facilitate sharing of innovations around health education assessment tools that are in development. The CE Directory will provide a centralized collection of evidenced-based online courses aimed at providing health professionals with continuing education credit. These new collections are intended to transform MedEdPORTAL into a “one-stop shop” where faculty and administrators can search for a wide variety of peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed resources. Notably, materials found in the iCollaborative and CE Directory will not undergo peer review and therefore will not be considered or portrayed as scholarly publications. The traditional MedEdPORTAL publications will be clearly designated as peer reviewed publications that are separate and distinct from the newer non-peer reviewed resources.

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March 2012: Call for Reviewers

MedEdPORTAL Publications strives to maintain a comprehensive pool of expert reviewers. At this time MedEdPORTAL Publications is asking the medical education community to nominate reviewers for the following specialty areas: Anesthesiology, Neurology, General Surgery, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology. The MedEdPORTAL Publications editorial team requests that nominations be restricted to individuals that have an interest and expertise in medical education. Nominated individuals will receive an email from staff that describes the sign up process and that outlines reviewer responsibilities.

Please send all nominations to

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February 2012: Who are the MedEdPORTAL Associate Editors?

The MedEdPORTAL Publications Editorial Team includes over thirty basic scientists and clinicians from medical and health professions schools across North America who function as Associate Editors. These individuals are an important component of the MedEdPORTAL Publications peer review process. Most submissions that successfully pass initial screening by MedEdPORTAL Publications staff are assigned to an appropriate Associate Editor based on the content area of the submission. The Associate Editor examines the resource and selects appropriate reviewers to conduct formal reviews. After two reviews have been submitted, the Associate Editor reexamines the submission, reads the reviews, and makes a publication recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. The publication decision letter to the author is signed by both the Associate Editor and the Editor-in-Chief.

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Archived Notes from the Editor

  • MedEdPORTAL Conducts Author Survey
  • Upcoming Author Survey
  • The Role of Associate Editors
  • MedEdPORTAL Publication Decisions
  • MedEdPORTAL Reviewers

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Christopher S. Candler, MD, EdD
Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, MedEdPORTAL
Association of American Medical Colleges

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine