Publications Office: Research Support Program

In keeping with its mission of excellence in residency education, the Department of Surgery established the Residency Writing Program in the Publications Office, MN-258.

This program provides assistance to residents, fellows and faculty with composing and publishing academic research manuscripts.It encourages research and publication of first author manuscripts by bringing together resources to ensure that all of our residents have an opportunity to identify areas of research interest.

To this end, Department of Surgery researchers benefit from access to

  1. A dedicated biostatistician/data base investigator,
  2. An experienced Clinical Research coordinator and staff, and
  3. Full-time medical writers/editors.

Numerous investigations have been initiated as a result of pairing faculty and residents with mutual research interests creating a positive mentoring environment. These collaborations have resulted in first author manuscripts published in such national and international peer-reviewed journals as Journal of the American College of Surgeons; Journal of Vascular Surgery; Annals of Vascular Surgery; International Journal of Angiology; Journal of Forensic Science; Ear, Nose & Throat Journal; Journal of Surgical Research, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and Hernia, among others.

Residents also have the opportunity to submit abstracts and present findings at national medical conferences such as the American College of Surgeons; American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; Association for Academic Surgery; American Pediatric Surgical Association; and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Residency Writing Program Services include:

  • Literature reviews
  • Manuscript formatting advice
  • General writing assistance
  • Access to surgery outcome data, and
  • Statistical analysis.

The following links provide some guidance with respect to writing effective manuscripts.

Anatomy of a Paper
How to Write a Research Paper
Information Synthesis
Clinical Research: A Practical Guide
Seven Easy Steps to Publishing
Writing an Abstract
Writing Good Abstracts
Advice for Grad Students — II [writing issues for science graduate students]
Despite Warnings, Biomedical Scholars Cite Hundreds of Retracted Papers
Retracted Publications in Biomedicine: Cause for Concern
Guide to Publication

Levels of Publication Importance

  1. Letter to the Editor
  2. Invited Commentary
  3. Non-Peer Reviewed Review or Transaction
  4. Case Report or Published Abstract
  5. Peer Reviewed Review
  6. Peer Reviewed Article (low-impact journal)
  7. Peer Reviewed Article (mid- to high-impact journal)

Levels of Presentation Importance

  1. UK Symposium
  2. Local Meeting
  3. State Meeting
  4. Regional Meeting
  5. National Meeting: Everything Accepted
  6. National Meeting: Juried Acceptance
  7. Invited Presentation: Unsponsored
  8. Invited Presentation: Sponsored

For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss a potential writing project, contact Linda Combs, Academic Support Services Director.


Linda Combs
Linda Combs

Academic Support Services Director

Josh Shepherd 
Josh Shepherd
Editorial Officer