Writing courses in american medical schools

Robert E. Bjork, Robert K. Oye

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U.S. medical schools were surveyed to determine the extent and nature of instruction in medical writing. Of the 101 schools responding, only 15 offered writing courses. Seven of the 15 offered only brief seminars or workshops. The other eight offered full-term courses (greater than eight weeks or more than 15 hours of instruction). Those not offering courses indicated a need but claimed lack of time, lack of interest on the part of those needing instruction, or lack of qualified faculty members as major reasons for not having the courses. These obstacles can be overcome by designing the writing course to complement existing elements of the curriculum and by soliciting the help of writing specialists on campus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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