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July 26-28, 2013 - Denver, CO


~ MDT Preconference Workshop ~

Moving Clinical Work to Publication:
A Professional Writing Workshop
Friday, July 26, 2013
8:00am - 11:30am

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT Helen Clare, FACP, PhD, DipPhty, Dip. MDT
Ron Schenk, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT Audrey Long, BSc, PT, Dip. MDT
Betty Sindelar, PT, PhD Richard Rosedale, PT, Dip. MDT
Stephen May, PT, PhD, MA, FCSP, Dip. MDT, MSc (UK)
Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT

(Fees include all workshop materials, coffee/tea at registration and box lunch provided at workshop conclusion)

Early Bird Registration (no later than May 1, 2013)

Registration April 2, 2013 - Cutoff July 1, 2013*

*July 1 registration cutoff will allow time for participants to submit ideas for research and review. Details will be provided with your registration confirmation.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

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Preconference registration cancellation & refund policy:
Cancellation requests received by June 28, 2013 will be fully refunded, less a US$ 25 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for any requests received after June 28, 2013.

Workshop Description

Creating scholarly products such as case studies, clinical pearls or clinical research is challenging for the working clinician, yet is important for personal growth of the practitioner, the growth of the profession, and required for some professional certifications. Challenges such as learning how to select a patient, formulating a clinical question, understanding ethical considerations, identifying appropriate journals, writing and submitting the manuscript, and engaging in the peer review process can be daunting.

The purpose of this workshop is to expose clinicians to the power of case series, cohort studies, predictive validity studies, and others, all as simple designs that don't interfere with decision making and treatment but may provide valuable insight to the clinician on best practices and the validity of MDT. Through presentations and discussion, participants will learn strategies for partnering with academia, crowdsourcing, how to integrate scholarly practices into a busy clinical practice environment and gain the tools to compose a case study or prepare a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.

Participants will be offered to submit their own ideas or projects. Whether it is a research question or a clinical observation that they would like to write and share, individual consultation with the experts to discuss and critique the ideas will assist the clinician to develop a plan of action for completing the project.

Workshop Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the current formats for case studies that may be published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Discuss and differentiate crowdsourcing, case series, cohort studies, predictive validity studies, etc.
  • Liaise with academia in schools to partner on scholarly projects.
  • Synthesize the scientific literature for integration into case manuscript or case series.
  • Identify the general steps in the peer review process for case study peer reviewed manuscripts
    • How to identify a case that is unique and interesting
    • Writing and submitting the abstract
    • Understanding ethical considerations
  • Create an outline for a case manuscript and address pros and cons of projects presented by participants
  • Develop action plan for completion of a scholarly project.


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