Academic Writing Workshop for Medical School Faculty
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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.
At the final of four sessions, participants in the workshop completed an evaluation form. Eleven of fourteen respondents (79%) increased confidence in their ability to complete the writing project. 86% projected submission of their manuscripts within three months of the workshop.
The overwhelming majority of participants expressed satisfaction with the frequency and number of workshop meetings.
A follow-up survey a year after the workshop revealed that the workshop yielded three peer-reviewed publications and two more awaiting decisions.
As a result of the workshop, more findings from research projects will reach scholarly audiences. Individual participants will benefit by enhancing their publication records, a key consideration in promotion decisions.
Cahn P, Benjamin E. Academic writing workshop for medical school faculty. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9289. http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9289
- To present written evidence to advance an intellectual argument.
- To adopt work habits that facilitate the completion of writing projects.
- To prepare a submission for peer review at an academic journal.
- Publishing, Working Habits, Peer-Review
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Authors & Co-Authors
Peter S. Cahn, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM