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Report of the 3rd Military Health Course on Methodology and Medical Writing


Tunis, Tunisia - 30 March to 3 April 2015





The 3rd Course of Military Health in Methodology and Medical Writing was held during the period March 30 to April 3, 2015 at the Military Health Services’ School (EASSA) in Tunis. It is a francophone course recommended by the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) organized by the General Directorate of Military Health of Tunisia (DGS) in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis (FMT).

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Surgeon General, Brigadier General (Pr) M. YEDEAS in presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis and former dean 1993 - 1999, who respectively presented the inaugural conferences dedicated to medical ethics and to plagiarism. The closing ceremony was chaired by Mr. S. M'HAMDI, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of National Defense. The course was enhanced by the presence of Mr. F. HORCHANI, Minister of National Defense who willingly took part in his capacity as scientific in the bibliography research session.

The course targeted 35 medical officer from Algeria, Cameroon, Mauritania and Tunisia. Participants were divided among 20 Medical officers from DGS, 9 residents and young assistant professors from FMT and 6 officers from ICMM member countries including the Director of Military Health of Cameroon. Candidates' selection was based on motivation and presentation of a draft paper or draft research protocol.

The teaching committee was composed of Tunisian military and civilian university doctors and strengthened by providing two French guest speakers from New Med Publishing Services (NMP). This course was designed to encourage the medical publication in national and international reviews and to increase the chances of acceptance of submitted manuscripts.

This course provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the epidemiological study and research protocols and to familiarize with the use of SPSS software for statistics and data analysis. It enhanced knowledge about different types of scientific papers, medical writing techniques according IMRAD plan, the use of bibliography research on internet (PubMed) and references’ transcription with Zotero software.

The course scientific program included 24 lectures and 13 workshops with an hourly volume of 33 hours divided between theoretical training and practical activities. The training was interactive, based on the participants' experience and discussion of examples. Each session was led by a lecturer accompanied by facilitators.

Group works were conducted as writing exercises interesting the various chapters of the article. This session program was enriched by lectures on medical English and particularities of military medicine publication. A satellite session dedicated to Medical English, held in the Main teaching Military Hospital of Tunis has known a great success. It saw the participation of 55 military and civilian medical staff with presentation of a conference entitled "The English of main medical research journals: tradition, style and vocabulary."

At the end of this session, the course participants will be followed by the teaching committee to assist and encourage them to continue the effort until the publication of the article. The success of the 3rd session and the increased number of requests, can only strengthen the course to evolve under the aegis of ICMM and in partnership with the FMT and NMP to give not only more space to military medicine articles, but also to the introduction of medical English in order to encourage publication in English.

The organizing committee thanks all the scientists and support partners who have helped to evolve this event to an international course. He also thanks the participants for their attentions, inputs and motivation, and for the exchange that they brought along this event; only guarantor for its success.



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