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Report of the 6th Military Health Course on Methodology and Medical Writing


Tunis, Tunisia - 2-6 April 2018




The 6th Military Health Course in Methodology and Medical Writing was held during the period from 02 to 06 April 2018 at the Military Health Service’s School (EASSM) in Tunis. Its purpose is to encourage publication in national and international medical journals and to increase the chances of acceptance of proposed manuscripts.

This course is a organized by the General Directorate of Military Health of Tunisia (DGS) in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis (FMT) - University Tunis El Manar (UTM). It is recommended by the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM). The 2018 session was accredited by the national authority of health accreditation. The course consisted of two sessions; a francophone since 2012 and an Anglophone since 2016.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Director General of Military Health, Senior Colonel (Pr) M. FERJANI, in the presence of the Director General of Health of the Ministry of Health.

The course targeted 68 medical professionals from Tunisia, Palestine and Burkina Faso. Learners were civilians (57%) and military (43%) including 4 internationals. They were divided equally (50% - 50%) between the English and French sessions. Their selection was based on the motivation and presentation of a draft article or draft research paper, the date of registration and the request in previous sessions.

The scientific committee was made up of Tunisian military and civilian faculty and reinforced by 03 guest speakers, a French one from NewMed Publishing Service, an American and a Jordanian. The latest participation comes within the framework of the favorable response of the Jordanian military health service to the recommendations of the Pan-Arab RWG of Military Medicine to support the English session of this course.

The course dealed with epidemiological studies, research protocols and the use of SPSS statistical data analysis software. It allowed to reinforce the knowledge relative to the different types of scientific articles, to master the writing techniques according to the IMRAD plan, the use of English and the bibliographical research on Internet and particularly on PubMed and the transcription of the references with the Zotero software.

The course was a success and conducted according to the pre-established program. The objectives were achieved and the timing was respected. The course scientific program included 32 lectures and 19 workshops, with an hourly volume of 33 hours per session divided between theoretical training and practical activities. The training was interactive, based on the participants' experience and the discussion of examples.

Each session was moderated by a speaker accompanied by facilitators. Group work was conducted in the form of drafting exercises relevant to the various chapters of the article. With regard to other scientific events in the military health service, the committee worked to accredit the course.

The National Authority of Accreditation in Health has granted 18.5 CPDU (Continuing Professional Development Unit) for the English session and 16.5 CPDU for the French session. Accreditation consists of verifying the quality and conformity of the activities of continuing education and continuing professional development with the standards established according to the international recommendations adapted to Tunisian texts.

As announced, the best publication medal was awarded for the previous session of the course at the closing ceremony.

The next session of the course (7th MMRC) is scheduled from the 01st to the 05th April 2019.