JPOA in collaboration with POA and PharmEvo organizes workshop on Medical Writing at CMCH Larkana


 JPOA in collaboration with POA and PharmEvo
organizes workshop on Medical Writing
at CMCH Larkana

Prof. Anisuddin Bhatti and Dr. Amin Chinoy urge participants
to document their work and concentrate on publication

Such academic activities will be continued
in future as well- Prof. Asad Maher

LARKANA: Journal of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association in collaboration with Pakistan Orthopaedic Association and PharmEvo organized a day long workshop on scientific paper writing at Dept. of Orthopaedics, CMCH Larkana on April 30th 2016.  Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Secretary of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) was the workshop facilitator which was attended by over thirty orthopaedic surgeons and postgraduates not only from CMCH Larkana but medical colleges from Khairpur and Sukkur.

During the workshop Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid first discussed the basic principles of medical writing and called upon the participants to start documenting whatever they were doing. He also dealt at length about the intrinsic and extrinsic reasons for medical writing besides giving an overall scenario of scientific publishing in the EMRO Region.  This was followed by Hands on Exercise wherein the participants were asked to write proper abbreviations of about ten local and foreign medical journals. Later they were provided the correct answers as well and asked them to check their own answers.

On left participants of the workshop on Medical Writing organized by JPOA in collaboration with
PharmEvo are busy doing a Hands on Exercise while on extreme right Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid
Facilitators of the Workshop is presenting his latest book “Plight of a Medical
Editor: An autobiography” to Prof. Asadullah Maher.

In the next session he discussed in detail how to write a scientific paper.  He talked about important components of an original article like structured abstract with appropriate Key Words, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion and conclusions. He also discussed in detail what information has to come in which section and laid emphasis that one must do proper literature search on a topic on which one wishes to write before starting to write.  Always consult a statistician to find out the proper sample size and seek his assistance for data interpretation and analysis. Some software is also available for data analysis.  They were also advised to avoid plagiarism because now it was very easy to detect and those found guilty could face serious repercussions which can even ruin their academic career.

While writing references, try to quote references pertaining to the last five years. Tables and illustrations should convey the message in sand alone position. In scientific writing, each and every statement one makes has to be proper references and never use vague sentences or statements. Never leave anything to the imagination of the reader and write for the reader not for the Editor and Reviewer. The main objective of writing is to convey a message, hence try to convey it in simple, easy to understand language. Do not forget to mark references in the text and they should be in order i.e. 1,2,3,4 and so on.  He also discussed the common reasons for rejection of manuscripts and pointed out that peer review helps to ensure that no wrong message is conveyed and it also helps improve the quality of manuscript. The authors should try to improve their manuscripts if they are asked to revise in the light of the comments and suggestions made by the reviewer instead of getting disheartened. Then the participants were asked to write a structured abstract from a paragraph in proper four sub-headings i.e. objective, methods, results and conclusion. Then they were also provided copies of correctly written structured abstract.  The participants were also provided some useful handouts regarding Types of Medical Writing and Different types of studies. This was followed by a brief presentation on medical editing and the participants were told to avoid the commonly made mistakes. It was also emphasized that they should be to the point, always read the Instructions for authors of the journal to which they intend to submit their manuscript and abide by the length since there was lot of pressure on limited space available with most of the good quality peer reviewed biomedical journals.

Speaking at the occasion Prof. Asadullah Maher Head of the Dept. of Orthopaedics at CMCH Larkana said that over thirty people including faculty members and postgraduates had registered for this workshop. He further stated that such academic activities will continue in future as well. We have lot of data but we lack documentation with the result that we do not write papers. He hoped that this workshop will help them to learn the art of medical writing.

Dr. Amin Chinoy President POA, Prof. Asadullah Maher and Dr. Kashif speaking at the Workshop
on Medical Writing organized by JPOA in collaboration with PharmEvo at Dept. of Orthopaedic
Surgery at CMCH Larkana on April 30th 2016.

Dr. Amin Chinoy President of Pakistan Orthopaedic Association in his address said that POA was keenly interested to promote research culture in Pakistan and that is why it has decided to organize this series of workshops at departments of orthopaedic surgery all over the country. This was the fourth such workshop in this series. By conducting research and publication we can disseminate the knowledge among our colleagues. Such academic activities not only promote thinking but also awareness. Lot of useful work is being done locally by various people but it was not being properly documented and published.  Once you publish your work, it also gets you national and international recognition. It also sends message to the world that we in Pakistan do not lag behind.   Talking about diabetic foot referred to by Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid in his presentation and diabetic foot ulcers, Dr. Amin Chinoy said that diabetes were spreading like an epidemic and we all see the complications like diabetic foot ulcers, diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy and we must document it and publish it. We should help each other and attend participate in academic activities organized by any colleague, department or institution, organization.

Prof. Anisuddin Bhatti, Director JPMC himself a noted orthopaedic surgeon who was also present in the workshop in his concluding remarks said that institutions in the periphery are usually neglected by us.  I started writing with a Case Report and now I have forty six publications. We are doing lot of good work but lack documentation and publications. He also laid emphasis that we must respect critical analysis. He thanked PharmEvo for helping the Pakistan Orthopaedic Association in organizing these series of workshops. However, he felt that to him the major weakness was the lack of active participation from the participants. Except a few, most of the people were just passive listeners.  They must overcome their inhibitions and learn to ask questions and actively participate in the deliberations.

Earlier Dr. Kashif Iqball Tabani welcomed the participants to the workshop and the facilitator Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid and thanked him for conducting the workshop.