Writer’s Guides to Education Scholarship: Important Papers for Junior #MedEd Scholars

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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):

  1. Summary Paper1

     2. Quantitative Research2

3. Qualitative Research3

4. Education Innovations4

5. Systematic Reviews5

Future directions

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)


Chan T, Thoma B, Hall A, et al. CAEP 2016 Academic Symposium: A Writer’s Guide to Key Steps in Producing Quality Medical Education Scholarship. CJEM. 2017;19(S1):S9-S15. [PubMed]
Thoma B, Camorlinga P, Chan TM, Hall AK, Murnaghan A, Sherbino J. A writer’s guide to education scholarship: Quantitative methodologies for medical education research (part 1). CJEM. April 2017:1-7. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.17
Chan TM, Ting DK, Hall AK, et al. A writer’s guide to education scholarship: Qualitative education scholarship (part 2). CJEM. May 2017:1-9. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.25
Hall AK, Hagel C, Chan TM, Thoma B, Murnaghan A, Bhanji F. The writer’s guide to education scholarship in emergency medicine: Education innovations (part 3). CJEM. June 2017:1-8. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.28
Murnaghan A, Weersink K, Thoma B, Hall AK, Chan T. The writer’s guide to education scholarship in emergency medicine: Systematic reviews and the scholarship of integration (part 4). CJEM. June 2017:1-8. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.29

Daniel Ting

Daniel Ting is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, based in Vancouver. He is the Editor-in-Chief of CanadiEM and a Decision Editor at the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. He completed the CanadiEM Digital Scholarship Fellowship in 2017-18. No conflicts of interest (COI).
Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. He is a simulation-based resuscitation rounds instructor and runs the simulation-based OSCE assessment program for EM residents. Additionally, he is the CBME Lead for FRCPC-EM training program at Queen’s.