For education scholars, publication in peer-reviewed academic journals remains the gold standard for recognition and career advancement. Navigating the writing and peer-review process can be challenging as rejection rates are high, but many of the common reasons for manuscript rejection are preventable. Despite this, most physicians are never formally taught how to maximize their success in publication. Many rely on research mentors to give them the proper guidance. Over the past academic year, a national team of collaborators sought to produce a series to guide junior researchers hoping to conduct high quality education research in Emergency Medicine, and successfully disseminate their findings via peer-reviewed publication.
Our team performed literature reviews for key quality markers in four prominent education research/scholarship methodologies: quantitative, qualitative, innovation reports, and systematic reviews. These markers were presented to content experts via online surveys and to delegates at the 2016 CAEP Conference Academic Symposium to produce consensus recommendations. The result was five papers published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. These papers comprise a high-yield unique resource for junior researchers to use in the design, execution, analysis, and distribution of their research.
Click below for links to the articles (all are open-access except the summary paper):
Every year, the CAEP Conference Academic Symposium engages delegates from around the country with a rotating focus on Education Scholarship (2016), Research (2017), or Leadership (2018). Residents receive entry as part of their conference registration; staff physicians attend with a nominal fee. It is an opportunity for junior scholars to connect with internationally-recognized Canadian thought leaders. Additional articles are anticipated from the proceedings of future Academic Symposia.
The 2018 Symposium will include topics such as: team performance optimization, alliance building in healthcare, rural healthcare skill development, and leadership training. Should you have any questions about the 2018 Symposium, please contact Dr. Eddy Lang ([email protected])
In the meantime, we would love to hear feedback on the Writer’s Guide resources and whether they have been useful in getting your scholarship in print! Tweet us and let us know what you think! (Daniel = @tingdan; Andrew = @AKHallMD)