Academic Writing Workshop for Medical School Faculty

Format Publication ID Version Published
Evaluation Tool, Presentation 9289 1 December 13, 2012


For many faculty members in academic medicine, the daily demands of teaching, research, and patient care often leave little time for scholarly writing. Lack of confidence in writing abilities and few opportunities for feedback on drafts only make it more challenging to produce manuscripts suitable for publication. As a result, data collected on educational interventions and other projects may go unreported in the peer-reviewed literature.

In fall 2011, the authors designed a four-part workshop to provide medical faculty members the structure and support to complete an academic manuscript. Participants registered for the workshop with a specific writing project in mind. Each one-hour session included an interactive discussion on a writing topic and a meeting with a writing team. Together, the workshop facilitators and peer mentors ensured that writers received the feedback and encouragement necessary to prepare manuscripts for submission.


Cahn P, Benjamin E. Academic Writing Workshop for Medical School Faculty. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To present written evidence to advance an intellectual argument.
  2. To adopt work habits that facilitate the completion of writing projects.
  3. To prepare a submission for peer review at an academic journal. 


  • Publishing (MeSH), Working Habits, Peer-review


  • Medical
    • Internal Medicine

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership & Organizational Development
  • Manuscript Writing

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Workshop

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