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Northwell/ZSOM Advancing ERSD - Putting It All Together (PIAT): The Art of Writing for Dissemination: Welcome to the PIAT Series Guide!

Welcome to the Advancing ERSD - PIAT: The Art of Writing for Dissemination Resources Guide

This LibGuide provides you with all the resources and materials discussed in each of the class sessions experienced during the Advancing ERSD - PIAT: The Art of Writing for Dissemination course series, first offered in March through June 2023.

This course series was created and taught by Dr. Alice Fornari, EdD, FAMEE, RDN, HEC-C and Stacy Posillico, MLS, JD.

Keep checking back!  This guide will be updated after each session with all the resources we have shared with you.

Series Description

This 8 - session series will advance your skills to "put it all together." Learn the art of writing an engaging and compelling presentation of your work that can be submitted to the journal or conference of your choice.

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Course Sessions


Session Description

Session 1   

Step Back and Tell the Story: Before you begin to write, you need to find your story. This session will help you   gain a deeper understanding of the art of storytelling in medical scholarly writing. Using the step back teaching method to facilitate group discussion, learners will review project goals, objectives, methodology and evaluation, and issues and obstacles.

Session 2

Write Your Abstract: It has been said that readers spend about a minute reading an abstract before they decide to engage or move on. Learners will discover writing and editing techniques that will bring clarity, power, and punch to your abstracts.

Session 3

Anatomy of a Manuscript: Medical scholarly writing, no matter the type, follows an expected structure and arrangement. Learners will understand how to meet reviewers’ and editors’ expectations for organization and flow, which allows for an easier writing process and enhances the credibility and trustworthiness of your work. We will review the process of accessing author guidelines and applying them to your manuscript.

Session 4

Prepare Your Manuscript: The opportunity to tell the story of your work and give voice to your experience can be daunting when you are looking at a blank document screen. Learners will have an interactive experience and build the skills needed to draft engaging and effective Background, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections of a manuscript.

Session 5

Prepare Your Grant Proposal: It is not an easy task to persuade a reviewer to fund your research or program proposal. Learners will learn how to effectively write a grant proposal that will convince a funding organization that your visions and plans align with the funder’s goals, making you a worthy recipient of the grant funds.

Session 6

Present Your Results through Data Visualization: In our digital world, it is more important than ever to be able to disseminate your project using graphics and images that draw your reader into the work and make a statement. Through group discussion, learners will work with the techniques, tools, and tips that will allow them to present your data with vibrancy and impact.

Session 7

Edit and Polish Your Manuscript: A first draft is never a perfect jewel, as it always takes more than one iteration of editing and polishing to create a piece worthy of publication. Learners will take a deep dive into the tips, techniques, and processes needed to revise and refine your writing to ready it for dissemination. There will also be a discussion about how to respond to peer review comments if accepted for publication.

Session 8

Visual Abstracts & Online Poster Presentations: Scientific writing is no longer solely in the realm of print journals and paper poster presentations. In an online world, it is critical to know how to disseminate your work in a visual way. Learners will engage with tools, platforms, and resources that can be used to advance your work from the page to the screen.

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