Grand Rounds and Workshops

Behind the Scenes Series: How Education Scholarship Gets Made

Have you ever read an academic article and thought to yourself: “Wow, these people are smart. I could never execute a research project and write a paper like this.”? If the answer is yes, then join the club. As education scientists, teachers, and health professionals, we often only see the final product of an educational scholarship/research project, which is typically a polished paper. What we fail to see, however, is all the messy, not-so-glamorous work that goes on behind the scenes – how scholars come up with and develop their initial ideas, how they build their research team, find study measures, deal with IRB, conduct the actual study, and write-up their work. The purpose of this grand round series to give participants a peek behind the scenes and help them develop the knowledge and motivation to become involved in education scholarship.

Scene 2: What Happens to my Paper? Pulling Back the Curtain on the Peer Review Process

Jan. 6, 2021 3 to 4 p.m. ET

Hosted by UCSF – Register here

Have you ever wondered what happens to your paper after you click “submit” or been puzzled by a decision and curious why some decisions take days and others take months? If so, this interactive panel discussion is for you! In this session, editorial team members from Academic Medicine, Perspectives on Medical Education, and Teaching and Learning in Medicine will share insights from their experiences with editorial and peer review. They will explain how the review process works at each journal and how the surge of submissions during the COVID pandemic has affected it. Panelists will also highlight features that make articles stand out or that raise concerns. Questions are encouraged, so bring your list of anything you’d like to know about how things work behind the scenes at med ed journals!

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the editorial and peer review process at three medical education journals
  • Discuss how the surge of submissions during COVID has affected journal review processes
  • Identify features of articles that catch editors’ attention (in good and bad ways)

Moderator: Bridget O’Brien, PhD – Deputy Editor, Academic Medicine; Professor in the Department of Medicine and Education Scientist, Center for Faculty Educators, University of California, San Francisco.


Anna T. Cianciolo, PhD — Editor-in-Chief, Teaching and Learning in Medicine; Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Mary Beth DeVilbiss – Managing Editor, Academic Medicine

Lauren Maggio, PhD, MS (LIS) – Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives on Medical Education; Professor in the Center for Health Professions Education and Department of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University.

Colin West, MD, PhD – Deputy Editor, Academic Medicine; Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic.

Scene 1: Reaching Out

Dec. 15, 2020 12 to 1 p.m. ET

Hosted by UCSF – Register here

You have a study idea, who can you discuss it with? You discover an interesting approach or useful tool in the literature. Should you reach out to the authors? You hear someone at a conference who might share your interest or be able to help answer a question about your study. How do you engage them in a conversation? Come listen to education research scholars share their tips for reaching out. They will also answer your questions about how to engage with the larger educational scholarship community.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of situating research within the literature
  • Describe the strategies for engaging with members of the education research community to grow an education scholarship network

Upcoming Scenes: Dates TBD

Scene 3: Theories
Scene 4: Yeah, that really could be scholarship

This grand rounds series is a multi-institutional collaboration among five health sciences institutions: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

See previous Grand Rounds and Workshops here