Instructions for Authors

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Submissions will be an  outline of the proposed learning session. If the outline is accepted, authors will then design the full learning session following the principles described here. Indicators of a quality proposal are described in this scoring rubric. Submit a proposal online.

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Base the content of the curriculum on the recommended readings listed under your topic on this site.

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Proposals will be reviewed by the associate editor assigned that topic area. Submission authors will be notified by email within 2 months. Possible proposal responses:

1.

Rejection – poor proposal

2.

Accepted proposal

3.

Rejection due to closed topic but good proposal – resubmit for new topic


Once the final session proposal has been accepted, authors have 3 months to deliver the completed curriculum.

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Our goal is to offer high quality, evidence based, interactive learning sessions instead of didactic lectures. Learners retain much more content when actively engaged during a session. If you have not read “The Brain Rules” by John Medina, please review the contents at this link: The Brain Rules. Please pay close attention to the timing requirements to retain memory.

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Accepted curriculum will be copyrighted and become the property of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD). Authors retain the right to modify and or/use the content within their program(s), but may not sell the curriculum or publish it on a website or academic resource.

Preparing Your Presentation after Accepted Proposal

1.

As part of your session design, please include case studies that allow for problem solving and that illustrate your key learning points. Examples of problem solving include questions that can be answered in small groups or using audience response systems. View a sample curriculum.

2. Create a facilitators' guide  –  on the  Word template  –  that includes:
  • Learning objectives
  • Key learning points
  • Step-by-step instructions for teaching the curriculum
  • The quiz with answer key (see #5)
  • References/citations in AMA format
3. If using PowerPoint slides:
  • Use the PowerPoint template. Do not change the fonts or type in all capital letters.
  • Make the slides lean on text, illustrative, and have them present key points and evidence without overwhelming learners. A good session may have as few as 10-20 slides.
  • Begin with the learning objectives, followed by key learning points.
  • Cite all references in the space provided in the lower right-hand corner of the slides. The citation should include the author's last name and the year of publication. Include complete citations in your facilitators' guide. Please cite judiciously, as you would if you were writing a journal article.
  • End with summary slides that repeat and clarify the key learning points.
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Use video and/or still images as much as possible to illustrate examples. Content must be your own or used with written permission of the original owner. For any photos, illustrations, tables, or graphs that you don't own (you didn't create, purchase or receive as a gift), you’ll need to submit documentation (often an intellectual property permissions form) from the owner granting you permission to use the content. “Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission” (U.S. Copyright Office).

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Develop a quiz – on the Word template –  with at least five questions tied to the key learning points of your session. This can be used before and/or after the session. An answer key should be provided in the facilitators' guide with short explanation paragraphs for each answer.

6. All learning sessions should be submitted with the following technical specifications:
7.

Review this checklist before submitting your curriculum to your editor.

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After your final presentation is accepted, cite your work as follows:
Author last name, first initial. Presentation Title. STFM and AFMRD Family Medicine Residency Curriculum Resource. Year.