Avicenna Journal of Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103--109

An online academic writing and publishing skills course: Help Syrians find their voice


Ammar Sabouni1, Abdelkader Chaar2, Yamama Bdaiwi3, Abdulrahman Masrani4, Heba Abolaban5, Fares Alahdab6, Belal Firwana7, Ahmad Al-Moujahed8 
1 Medical school, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Department of Internal Medicine, St John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI
3 Medical school, Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria
4 Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA
5 Department of Public Health, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
6 Mayo Evidence-based Practice Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
7 Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA
8 Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ahmad Al-Moujahed
Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
USA

Purpose: A group of Arab-American physicians and researchers in the United States organized a blended online course in academic writing and publishing in medicine targeting medical students and physicians in war-torn Syria. This was an effort to address one of the reasons behind the poor quantity and quality of scientific research papers in Syria and the Arab region. In this paper, we report on the design, conduct, and outcome of this course and attempt to evaluate its effectiveness. Methods: The educational intervention was a 2-month blended online course. We administered a questionnaire to assess satisfaction and self-reported improvement in knowledge, confidence, and skills of academic writing and publishing. Results: The course succeeded in reaching more than 2588 physicians and medical students from the region; 159 of them completed most of the course. Eighty-three percent of the participants felt that they were confident enough to write an academic paper after the course and 95% felt the learning objectives were achieved with an average student satisfaction of 8.4 out of 10. Conclusion: Physicians in Syria and neighboring countries are in need of training to become an active part of the global scientific community and to document and communicate the crisis their countries are going through from a medical perspective. Low-cost online educational initiatives help respond, at least partially, to those needs.


How to cite this article:
Sabouni A, Chaar A, Bdaiwi Y, Masrani A, Abolaban H, Alahdab F, Firwana B, Al-Moujahed A. An online academic writing and publishing skills course: Help Syrians find their voice.Avicenna J Med 2017;7:103-109


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Sabouni A, Chaar A, Bdaiwi Y, Masrani A, Abolaban H, Alahdab F, Firwana B, Al-Moujahed A. An online academic writing and publishing skills course: Help Syrians find their voice. Avicenna J Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 10 ];7:103-109
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