Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 398–401 | Cite as

Scholarship Opportunities for Trainees and Clinician Educators: Learning Outcomes from a Case Report Writing Workshop

  • Arun R. Mahankali Sridhar
  • Lisa L. Willett
  • Analia Castiglioni
  • Gustavo Heudebert
  • Michael Landry
  • Robert M. Centor
  • Carlos A. Estrada
Innovations in Education



Publishing a case report demonstrates scholarly productivity for trainees and clinician-educators.


To assess the learning outcomes from a case report writing workshop.


Medical students, residents, fellows and clinician-educators attending a workshop.

Program Description

Case report writing workshop conducted nine times at different venues.

Program Evaluation

Before and after each workshop, participants self-rated their perceived competence to write a case report, likelihood of submitting a case report to a meeting or for publication in the next 6–12 months, and perceived career benefit of writing a case report (on a five-point Likert scale). The 214 participants were from 3 countries and 27 states or provinces; most participants were trainees (64.5 %). Self-rated competence for writing a case report improved from a mean of 2.5 to 3.5 (a 0.99 increase; 95% CI, 0.88–1.12, p < 0.001). The perceived likelihood of submitting a case report, and the perceived career benefit of writing one, also showed statistically significant improvements (p = 0.002, p = 0.001; respectively). Nine of 98 participants published a case report 16–41 months after workshop completion.


The workshop increased participants’ perception that they could present or publish a case report.


case reports education medical educational measurement/methods faculty medical internship and residency internal medicine/education mentors program development publishing research/education staff development writing writing/standards 

Supplementary material

11606_2008_873_MOESM1_ESM.doc (200 kb)
ESM 1Getting your vignette published in JGIM and other journals: a step-by-step approach (DOC 199 kb).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arun R. Mahankali Sridhar
    • 1
  • Lisa L. Willett
    • 2
  • Analia Castiglioni
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gustavo Heudebert
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michael Landry
    • 4
  • Robert M. Centor
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carlos A. Estrada
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public HealthThe University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineThe University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Birmingham VA Medical Center and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Division of General Internal MedicineBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Tulane University Health Science CenterNew OrleansUSA

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