Perspectives

Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 908-913

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Proposed Standards for Medical Education Submissions to the Journal of General Internal Medicine

  • David A. CookAffiliated withOffice of Education Research and Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Email author 
  • , Judith L. BowenAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • , Martha S. GerrityAffiliated withPortland VA Medical Center and Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • , Adina L. KaletAffiliated withDivision of Educational Informatics and Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
  • , Jennifer R. KoganAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • , Anderson SpickardAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
  • , Diane B. WayneAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Abstract

To help authors design rigorous studies and prepare clear and informative manuscripts, improve the transparency of editorial decisions, and raise the bar on educational scholarship, the Deputy Editors of the Journal of General Internal Medicine articulate standards for medical education submissions to the Journal. General standards include: (1) quality questions, (2) quality methods to match the questions, (3) insightful interpretation of findings, (4) transparent, unbiased reporting, and (5) attention to human subjects’ protection and ethical research conduct. Additional standards for specific study types are described. We hope these proposed standards will generate discussion that will foster their continued evolution.

KEY WORDS

medical education scholarship research design research methods writing