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Fostering Scholarship in Medical Education: Resources for Authors and Reviewers

Scholarship drives the practice of medical education forward, affecting how we educate trainees and ourselves, what we know about each other and our institutions, and how we identify and close gaps in our understanding of important topics. The AAMC supports scholars and their work through its journals and professional development offerings and its role connecting people and convening groups from across the community.

Below you’ll find a curated set of resources to advance your work as a health professions education researcher, writer, and reviewer. All resources are available to access and download for free unless otherwise noted.

This list is but a sample of the resources available to support scholars in their work. If you use other (free) resources, we want to know! E-mail icollaborative@aamc.org with a link to the resource and a brief description of it and why it’s helpful to you. We’ll update this page periodically with new and newly uncovered resources.

Getting Started

Sometimes figuring out where to start can seem impossible. These resources will guide you through the before, during, and after processes of conducting research. They’re the perfect place to begin for those new or newly returned to health professions education scholarship.

• The Conducting Research in Health Professions Education: From Idea to Publication eBook is a collection of one-page infographics offering guidance on each step of the process of conducting and publishing research in health professions education from writing good research questions to analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to responding to reviewer feedback to promoting your published work.
• The Research in Medical Education: A Primer for Medical Students includes an overview of medical education research as well as strategies and recommendations for getting started.

Writing Up Your Work

Writing up your work can take time, and there is an art to communicating your argument and findings. These resources will help you improve your writing, no matter the type of publication.

• The Handbook for Academic Medicine Writing Workshop is a handbook with annotated examples of successful manuscripts published in Academic Medicine. It includes a variety of article types.
• The What’s in a Name? How to Write an Effective Title blog series includes strategies for writing effective titles and a final writing exercise to practice what you’ve learned.

Submitting Your Work

Once your work is written up, it’s time to submit it for publication. These resources guide you through the submission process.

• The Annotated Bibliography of Journals for Educational Scholarship includes information about the manuscript types, topics, and audience for more than 75 journals that publish educational scholarship.
• The Academic Medicine For Authors webpage is a “hub” for information about Academic Medicine, its submission types, and writing and editing in general.
• The MedEdPORTAL Authors webpage is a “hub” for information about preparing and submitting to MedEdPORTAL.

Professional Development Opportunities

The AAMC also offers workshops, certificate programs, and in-person learning opportunities. These training opportunities will help you grow your skillset and advance your career as a scholar.

• The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program is intended to help participants understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, become informed consumers of the medical education literature, and be effective collaborators in research projects. Six three-hour workshops are needed to complete the program. Workshops and program completion have a fee.
• The Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) Section of the Group on Education Affairs (GEA) is focused on enhancing the quality of medical education research and promoting its application to education practice.
MedEdPORTAL Faculty Mentors serve as liaisons within their institutions. They provide guidance to faculty who are interested in submitting to MedEdPORTAL. Find a Faculty Mentor at your institution or sign up to be one yourself on the Faculty Mentor webpage.

Voices from the Community

These blog posts, videos, and podcasts share insights from leading scholars on their work and the field of health professions education research.

Blog Posts

• In the Meet the Academic Medicine Editorial Board: What was your first publication? blog post, editorial board members describe their first publication, from poems to clinical research and lots in between.
• In the Meet the Academic Medicine Editorial Board: What experience has had the biggest impact on your career? blog post, editorial board members discuss the experiences, projects, collaborations, and professional development opportunities that had the biggest impact of their career.
• Other Q&As feature past and present members of the Academic Medicine editorial board discussing their work, their predictions and hopes for the future of the field, and the articles they think are seminal to medical education scholarship.

Video

• In the Great Minds Read Alike: Why You Should Read Academic Medicine video, members of the Academic Medicine editorial board discuss why they read the journal and why you should too.

Podcasts

• In the Advice from a Master Peer Reviewer episode of the Academic Medicine Podcast, Carl Stevens, a master reviewer and a seven-time winner of the Academic Medicine Excellence in Reviewing Award, discusses his practice for evaluating a scholarly article as a peer reviewer.
• In the A Discussion About Reflective Writing in Medicine episode of the Academic Medicine Podcast, author Sarah Bernstein discusses the power of reflective writing in helping physicians heal, connect with each other, and engage with patients and their families.
• In the Engaging "Youthful Critics": The Learner Voice in Medical Education Scholarship episode of the Academic Medicine Podcast, authors Jesse Burk-Rafel, Logan Jones, and Janice Farlow discuss the importance of engaging medical students and residents in medical education scholarship.
• In other episodes of the Academic Medicine Podcast, guests delve deeper into the issues shaping medical schools and teaching hospitals to complement articles published in the journal. Some episodes offer first-person perspectives from trainees and others as they experience the science and the art of medicine. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts.
• In the Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) podcast, the hosts discuss the content, method, and implications of key articles from the medical education literature in 30 minutes or less.

Reviewing Resources

These resources will help you improve your work as a peer reviewer. They also give authors a glimpse into what reviewers are looking for when they evaluate their work.

• The Review Criteria for Research Manuscripts, Second Edition is a manual for reviewing research manuscripts and includes a helpful one-page checklist of reviewer criteria.
• The Practice Review Exercise is a self-guided exercise that allows you to review an actual Academic Medicine manuscript. It includes the original submission, the peer reviews, the authors’ response to the reviewers, and the revised submission.
• The Tips from Editors and Peer Reviewers blog series includes blog posts from some of Academic Medicine’s top reviewers offering wisdom and tips for navigating the review process.
• The Academic Medicine For Reviewers webpage is a “hub” for Academic Medicine’s reviewer instructions, guidelines, and additional resources.

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