A Workshop on Writing Letters to the Editor

MedEdPublish (2016). 2020 Jan 7:9:6. doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000006.1. eCollection 2020.


This article was migrated. The article was marked as recommended. Background: Writing letters to the editor based on critical appraisal can serve as the first step in scholarly activity. The workshop in this study focused on educating physicians about the best ways to write letters to the editor. Methods: We conducted a 90-minute workshop as a part of scientific conference. Participants were physicians and medical students who chose to join this workshop. We developed the following learning outcomes for participants: 1) to be able to explain falsificationism; 2) to be able to explain how to check author instructions; 3) to be able to explain how to write a letter to the editor. Results: Twenty-eight participants, including three medical students, attended the workshop. Participants' satisfaction with the workshop had a mean of 4.5 points out of 5 (standard deviation: 0.5). Nearly 80% of participants achieved the learning outcomes. Four participants' groups submitted letters within a month after the workshop, and all four were published. These four groups encompassed a total of 13 authors. In addition, none of the first author of each letter had previously written a clinical research paper. Findings and Discussion: This workshop improved not only the participants' knowledge but it also led to the concrete result of four published letters. Japanese physicians would be able to use this framework to write letters to the editor.

Keywords: Japan; academic writing; scholarly activity; workshop.