Involving junior doctors in medical article publishing: is it an effective method of teaching? – Dove Medical Press
Authors Oyibo SO
Received 27 July 2017
Accepted for publication 24 August 2017
Published 22 September 2017
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single-blind
Peer reviewers approved by Dr Robert Robinson
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication:
Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder
Samson O Oyibo
Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough, UK
Background: Having peer-reviewed articles published in medical journals is important for career progression in many medical specialties. Despite this, only a minority of junior doctors have the skills in the area of medical article publishing. The aim of this study was to assess junior doctorsâ€™ views concerning being involved in medical article publishing and whether they perceive involvement as an effective method of teaching.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was administered to a convenience sample of doctors who had been involved in medical article publishing. Questions concerned training and involvement in publishing as junior doctors, effects on education and training, is it an effective method of teaching and should publishing be part of their education and training program. Questions used the 5-point Likert scale. Of the 39 doctors, 37 (94.9%) doctors responded.
Results: Only one-third of respondents agreed that they had adequate training or involvement in medical article publishing during their undergraduate medical training. Many (78.4%) agreed that it was difficult to get published as a junior doctor. Publishing as a junior doctor improved knowledge about publishing, understanding of the topic and interest in the field of study for 92, 92 and 73% of respondents, respectively. Many (89%) agreed that publishing made them eager to publish more. Most (76%) agreed that it was likely to encourage interest in a postgraduate career in that field of study. A majority (92%) felt that involvement in medical article publishing is an effective method of teaching and it should be a part of the junior doctorsâ€™ education and training program.
Conclusion: Junior doctors feel that involvement in medical article publishing contributes to learning and education and is an effective method of teaching. This supports the need to incorporate such training into the junior doctorsâ€™ education and training program.
Keywords: medical publishing, effective teaching, junior doctor education, cross-sectional survey
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