Do you want to write for BoringEM? Here are some sections that we are looking for your help.
Contact us by clicking here or emailing boringEMorg@gmail.com .
While my previous posts have often focused on discussing knowledge translation, moving forward the KT section will translate recent literature into practical, usable knowledge. A KT section piece should be focused only on one paper, but may cite related literature so that readers (and learners) can understand the body of work that lead up to the paper of interest. KT pieces should begin with a PICO question format and then help to guide readers towards controversy (presenting all sides as possible), but may also involve the author’s point of view so long as it is clearly demarcated. Length: 1000 words max with up to 10 citations.
The Medical Concepts section focuses on reviewing a core topic for emergency medicine learners. This section may cite both literature and review resources (e.g. other FOAM blogs, textbooks, review articles). The mandate of this section is to address basic medical concepts that are important for learners to truly grasp before moving on to advanced topics. Length: 1500 words max with up to 10 citations.
The Mentorship section aims to address the career counselling and need-to-know-but-boring aspects of emergency medicine. Thus far, it has focused on the CaRMS application process, but we hope to expand this section to include materials about aspects for residents and junior academic clinicians on how to advance their career. Senior clinicians are particularly welcome to share their pearls of wisdom, insights and opinions. Length: 1000 words max with up to 10 citations.
Tiny Tips is a section that provides a short backgrounder leading up to a SINGLE mnemonic that is meant to be a memory aid for learners. Length: 1 mnemonic, 200 words, and up to 3 citations.
Chalk Talks is the multimedia component of the site. We welcome videos or podcasts about key, frequently-asked (or frequently-taught) topics that all medical students that come through emergency medicine rotations should hear. Videos and podcasts should be approximately 5-10 minutes and include a text summary for the blog.
Counterpoint is our editorial column. So far, this section has predominantly been a staging area for opinion pieces from our editorial board (mainly Dr. Chan) about medical education pieces. Submissions for this section will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may incorporate substantial editing to ensure it is in line with the views of the editorial board. 1000 words max with up to 15 citations.
Our newest column, Boring Questions will review one specific clinically relevant question in totality (e.g. What is the role of an abdominal film in a patient with abdo pain?). We particularly would like to invite medical students and junior residents to consider submitting for this section. Length: 500 words max with up to 10 citations.
While we are welcoming new writers, we want to ensure our content remains high quality and trustworthy. As such, we will continue to maintain a robust editorial and internal peer review process. Potential contributors should expect that your work will be reviewed by our team and returned for revisions prior to publication.
Hopefully there are lots of great writers out there that are interested in contributing to the FOAM movement by partnering with us to expand BoringEM.
There are no absolute prerequisites and I would encourage anyone that would be willing to write for BoringEM to contact us!