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Report of the 7th Military Health Course on Methodology and Medical Writing



Tunis, Tunisia - 1-5 April 2019




The 7th Military Health Course in Methodology and Medical Writing was held during the period from 01 to 05 April 2019 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 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 2019 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, Brigadier General (MD) M. FERJANI, and directors of schools and universities.

The course targeted 59 medical professionals from Tunisia, Algeria, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Palestine, Netherlands and Senegal.

Learners were both civilians and Military including 11 internationals. They were divided into two sessions, Anglophone session (27 participants) and Francophone session (32 participants).

The scientific committee was made up of 18 military and civilian academic doctors, 16 Tunisians and reinforced by 02 guest speakers, a Saudi Arabian and a Jordanian. The participation of the two last one came within the framework of the favorable response of their military health services to the recommendations of the Regional Assembly 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 17.5 CPDU (Continuing Professional Development Unit) for the English session and 19 CPDU for the French session. The Accreditation consists of verifying the quality and conformity of the activities of continuing training and continuing professional development with the standards established according to the international recommendations adapted to Tunisian texts.

The next session of the course (8th MMRC) is scheduled from the 30th of March to the 03th of April 2020.