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Volume: 6 Issue: 4 November 2008 - Supplement - 1



Medicine and Health Promotion Institute and Iranian Scientific Writing Network have held 12 days "Writing for Publication Workshops" for faculty in year 2007. Here we describe the workshop curriculum and reports evaluation results. First, through interview, writing skills were assessed in participants immediately prior to workshop to identify knowledge and skills. A databank then was selected from which, several paper titles could be selected. Each faculty member selected one topic and during the workshop sessions, papers were being written, by the hands of faculty members but with the supervision and feedback by trainers. The outcome of this workshop not only was improvement in skills and satisfaction of the faculty members, but also was the numerous publications submitted to journals. RESULTS: 12 individuals participated in the workshops given during the 2007-2008 period. Pre/post self-assessment data indicated significant increases in perceived knowledge and skill in all areas of assessment. The follow-up interview data showed that participants felt that the workshop motivated them to begin and sustain writing projects, gave them skills that made their writing more effective, and demystified the submission and publication processes. Most papers (writen during workshop) submitted by participants accepted for publication showed a good rate of publication. CONCLUSIONS: The evaluation findings indicate that the Writing for Publication Workshop met its educational objectives in non-transplantation medicine. The same workshops to prepare transplantation faculty as medical writers can be implemented by MESOT countries to improve publication productivity and quality.

Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 210

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