Development and implementation of a writing program to improve resident authorship rates

Amber B.radley Clemmons, Stephanie C. Hoge, Ashley Cribb, Kalen B. Manasco

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The development, implementation, and evaluation of a writing program with a formalized writing project as a component of postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residencies are described.

SUMMARY: The writing program at Georgia Regents Medical Center/University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, a collaborative and jointly funded program, was initiated in the 2010-11 residency year. The goals of the program are to teach residents to communicate effectively, apply leadership skills, employ project management skills, and provide medication- and practice- related education and training. The program combines both writing experiences and mentorship. At the beginning of the residency year, trainees are presented with opportunities to participate in both research projects and writing projects. Specifically, opportunities within the writing program include involvement in review articles, case reports, drug information rounds, book chapters, letters to the editor, and high-quality medication-use evaluations for potential publication. The writing project is highly encouraged, and completion of a manuscript to be submitted for publication is expected by graduation. Nine papers were published by 8 of 18 PGY1 and PGY2 residents in the four years before program implementation. A total of 23 publications were published by 18 (72%) of the 25 PGY1 and PGY2 residents in the four years after implementation of the writing program.

CONCLUSION: Implementation of a formal writing program increased the overall publication rate of residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S53-S57
JournalAmerican journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Volume72
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy

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