Scientific Writing for Fellows

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The Office of Fellowship Training (OFT) is again sponsoring a course on Scientific Writing.  The course will introduce fellows to current Scientific Writing techniques and conventions for publication submission. Again this session, we will be accepting self-nominations (see details below).

Curriculum & Expected Outcome

Participants will receive guidance in writing the sections of a scientific paper, including an Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion.  The course will also address such aspects of scientific language as clarity, concision, level of formality, and correct use of terminology.  Through application and practice, participants can use these tools for writing effective papers in the future.  By the end of the course, participants should have in hand, a good working draft of a research report.

Course Design

  • Students will attend four 110-minute classes over 5 weeks: January 9, 16, 30 & February 6.

  • Classes are scheduled Wednesdays from 1:40-3:30pm at Children’s.

  • Participants will have one-two individual meeting with the instructor at mutually convenient times during the five weeks of the course. 

  • Participants will receive written feedback on their assignments, and e-mail access to the instructor for questions or brief discussion.

Self-Nomination (required)

Please CC your PI or Department Head in your nomination.

The Office of Fellowship Training is dedicating significant resources to this course and enrollment will be limited to 10 fellows per session. It is essential that the fellows who are enrolled are committed to attending all four sessions. Optimal candidates will be those who have a rough or first draft of a manuscript in hand, that can serve as their "homework," to be developed throughout the course.  Nominees should be prepared to turn in, or allocate time for writing the following sections throughout the course: Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, and Abstract, as well as a cover letter. In your one-paragraph nomination, please include reasons for wanting to enroll in the course, appointment and department, PI and career stage, as well as any other pertinent information.

Nominations are due by 5pm on December 19.

Assignments

  • Due prior to 1st session: Introduction (about three pages) by e-mail and due as hard copy at the first class meeting.

  • Due at 2nd session: Material & Methods and Results, text and illustrations

  • Due at 3rd session: Discussion, Abstract, and revised Introduction

  • Due at 4th session: Cover letter and Revised Abstract

  • One-two individual appointments will be scheduled with the instructor during the five weeks of the course  

Please email nominations by 5pm on December 19 or questions to the Office of Fellowship Training at fellows.office@childrens.harvard.edu.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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