by Roselyn M. Butalid
Researchers and editors gathered at the Hotel Koresco, Cagayan de Oro City on August 4-5, 2014 for the 6th National Medical Writing and Train-The-Trainers (Part1) Workshop. The event was organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) and the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) endorsed by the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME).
TCON faculty members Prof. Beaven Andrew A. Atienza, Mrs. Lynuel R. Santillana, and this writer, together with other MSU-IIT participants, Dr. Franco G. Teves, Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, Dr. Alita T. Roxas, Prof. Lady Lou M. D’Lonsod, Mr. Allan Dale Cabe, and Prof. Amabelle A. Embornas attended the workshop which aimed to help and guide health researchers in writing articles for medical journals.
Lectures were given by Professor Dr. Wilfred CG Peh, Executive Vice-President of Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) and President of Singapore Association of Medical Journal Editors (SAMJE); Professor Dr. Jose Florencio Fabella Lapeña, Jr., Secretary-General of APAME, President of PAMJE and Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; and Professor Dr. Cecilia C. Maramba – Lazarte, member of APAME and PAMJE and Editor-in-chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of the Philippines Journal.
Dr. Lapeña started the session by saying that research, no matter how good it is, will be incomplete until it has been published. Thus, what is not written, is not done.
Lectures and workshops in small groups included the recommended structure of a scientific paper, the individual components of the paper, and how to prepare a manuscript. Dr. Lazarte stressed the importance of seeking the advice of a biostatistician before beginning the research rather than waiting until the results are already obtained.
The role of editors and peer reviewers and how the manuscript is being processed were also discussed. As mentioned by Dr. Peh, it is important to construct the manuscript accordingly in order to maximize the material and enhance the chances of acceptance for publication.
The seminar-workshop was fruitful in enhancing the ability of the health researchers in maximizing the transmission of research findings to their chosen audience.
CON faculty members Prof. Roselyn M. Butalid, Prof. Beaven Andrew A. Atienza, and Mrs. Lynuel R. Santillana together with other MSU-IIT participants Dr. Franco G. Teves, Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, Dr. Alita T. Roxas, Prof. Lady Lou M. D’Lonsod, Mr. Allan Dale Cabe, and Prof. Amabelle A. Embornas