Medical Writing

Medical Writing (2015)


Dr. Philip Greenland, Northwestern University

Teaching Assistant:

Ms. Hagar Interator (

Date and Time:

July 12-16, 2015 / 14:00-18:30


Room 215, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Final Exam:

July 17, 2015 / 9:00-11:00 / Room 215


Experience with medical writing


Course Syllabus

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Course Description

The course should be of benefit to anyone interested in improving medical writing skills and better understanding the biomedical publication process. The course will be conducted in part as lecture and in part as a hands-on workshop that will review and discuss the steps involved in preparing, peer reviewing, and revising manuscripts for publication.

​The course participants will refine and demonstrate writing, reading, editing, and reviewing skills through exercises and class discussions of the following subjects:

  • How journal editors and reviewers reach decisions about articles - what is important?
  • What matters - Impact Factor?
  • Editorial Ethics: Who is an author? What else is important?
  • What and how to prepare before you write
  • Learning by doing peer review
  • Learning to do an outline before writing
  • All the basics for submission: Cover letter, Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Tables, Figures, References, Acknowledgements, Supplementary Material
  • Responding to a review



To receive academic credit for the course, participants must pass the final exam with a grade of at least 60 (D). Non-credit participants are not required to take the final exam.


Instructor Biography

Philip Greenland, MD

Dr. Greenland is the Director of the Center for Population Health Sciences - Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology, and a Professor in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology. Dr. Greenland's research, teaching and clinical interests focus on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). He has authored or coauthored over 400 research papers, editorials, and reviews on topics related primarily to heart disease prevention, heart disease risk prediction, and heart disease in women. Dr. Greenland's current research is focused mainly on prediction and early detection of CVD, including coronary imaging and metabolomics. Dr. Greenland is Director of a Post-doctoral Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, funded by the National Institutes of Health in the USA. He is also Director of the Population Research Center, part of the American Heart Association-funded prevention research network, based at Northwestern University. He is also a Senior Editor of the Journal of the AMA (JAMA).

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