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Scientific Writing Series Recap

The first Scientific Writing Series was a success with every session full. Registrants had an opportunity to learn scientific writing techniques. Topics included writing for medical journals, overcoming writer's block, and how to respond to peer reviewer's comments and conducting peer review.

These first three sessions were all full within two weeks of opening registration to the public. Watch for future Writing Series opportunities and register right away to reserve a spot in these high-demand sessions! image002.png


Thursday, July 12th
Overcoming Writer's Block; Or, How I Learned to Stop Cleaning the Bathroom and Get to Work
Katie Levin, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Writing
Writer's block, or resistance to writing, is a natural part of the writing process. No writer is immune from blocking. Just as all writers have their own voices, ideas, and writing processes, all writers also have particular factors that contribute to their own varieties of writer's block. In this workshop, participants will learn about what contributes to writer's block, develop an understanding of their own sources of resistance to writing, and learn about resources and strategies to help them move forward. All participants will write during this workshop.

Thursday, July 19th
Writing for Medical Journals
Michael Franklin, MS, Medical Writer and Editor, Department of Medicine
This seminar will provide an introduction to the writing and publication skills needed to excel as an author in academic medicine. It will primarily focus on the purpose and organization of each part of an empirical manuscript, including its four main sections (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion), as well as titles, abstracts, and figure legends. The seminar will also briefly cover strategies for selecting an appropriate journal and current ethical issues related to scientific publication.

Thursday, July 26th

Responding to Peer Reviewer's Comments and Conducting Peer Review
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, Executive Director, Center for Health Equity
Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
The audience will learn tips on responding to reviewer's comments, followed by tips for carrying out peer-reviews for journals. These two topics have a natural pairing as understanding one will help you improve on the other.

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