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Report of the 1st Military Course on Health Methodology and Medical Writing

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1st MILITARY COURSE ON HEALTH
METHODOLOGY AND MEDICAL WRITING
Tunis, Tunisia - 1-5 April 2013

Report

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Report of the 1st Military Course on Health
Methodology and Medical Writing

The 1st Military Course on Health Methodology and Medical Writing Course, organized by Tunisian Military Health General Directorate under the Patronage of National Defense Minister and under the auspice of International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), was held during the period of 1st to 5th April 2013 at the Military Health School (EASSA) in Tunis.

This course was conducted in French and took place in the framework of the implementation of the recommendations of the 9th Regional Meeting of the Pan African Military Medicine Working Group held in September 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. It was intended to encourage the military healh officers to publish and increase the chances of acceptance of their manuscripts in national and international journals.

At its first session, the course has targeted 17 health officers, all Tunisians.

The selection of candidates was based on their motivation, the presentation of a draft article or draft research study, and the recording on the ICMM website. The teaching committee was composed of medical officers from the Directorate General of Military Health also working as faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis. This committee was reinforced by expert speakers from the same Faculty.

The course objectives were: enhancing participants' knowledge on the different types of scientific articles, help the students to master the IMRAD plan, and also introducing to them the way of conducting epidemiological surveys using the SPSS software for statistical data analysis. It also aimed to remind them the instructions of medical writing and to improve and finalize their work in order to be published.

The course scientific program consisted of 14 lectures and 12 workshops with a timing volume divided between theoretical and practical activities. The training was interactive, based on the experience of participants and discussion of examples. Each session was led by a lecturer accompanied by facilitators. Group works were conducted as article writing exercises interesting the different chapters.

The first day was devoted to the methodology and presentation of the different types of epidemiological study. The second day was dedicated to the SPSS software practices while the last three days were mainly committed to the principles of medical writing with application sessions where participants were evolving their draft articles. They also were able to access to the school computer lab to practice on the bibliography search on PubMed and other interfaces while connecting to the internet.

Participants were distinguished by their attendance, motivation and the exchange that they gave during the course activities, which made ??the success of this event. An assessment before and after training showed a marked improvement in participant’s general knowledge not only compared to the methodology and medical writing, but also for each of the course headings.

At the end of this training, the course will be followed by coaching the participants by members of the education committee to assist and encourage them to continue the effort until the publication of the article.

The success of this course can only make it evolve from its current statute of ICMM recommended course to an ICMM international course.