Target Audience

This activity is of value to providers with an interest in properly preparing a manuscript for publication in a medical journal.

Goals and Objectives

Medical research, clinical studies, and knowledge sharing through scientific publications are all foundational to the profession of medicine. Preparing scientific manuscripts properly is a foundational capability for medical students, resident physicians, and practicing physicians. In particular, the Southern Medical Journal is a multidisciplinary journal which strives to provide a format for sharing of clinical information across specialties with the goal of excellence in patient care. Properly preparing a manuscript for submission to a medical journal is both an art and a science, and many manuscripts fail to meet the standards set forward by a specific journal. The goal of this activity is to enhance the knowledge of the attendees in manuscript preparation, and to provide resources for that goal. Upon completion of this activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize the proper and acceptable format and composition of a scientific manuscript;
  • Submit a manuscript that meets the AMA Manual of Style, and the specific journal's instructions for authors;
  • Revise a manuscript according to the recommendations of the reviews and editor for improving the submission to a level commensurate with the journal's acceptance policies.

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 12, 2019
Valid for credit through: November 12, 2020
Course type: Video
Estimated time of completion: 30 Minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this CME Journal Article for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login below to access the content and resources for further study.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBE 

Dr. Holt is Clinical Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was the founding chair.  He holds advanced degrees in bioengineering, public health, health care policy, and bioethics.  Dr. Holt has published over 225 scientific articles in a wide range of medical journals and textbooks.  In addition to his term as Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Medical JournalDr. Holt is a past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (official journal of the Aerospace Medical Association).

He is a past Co-Editor of The Yearbook of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Long-Term Medical Effects of Implants, the Journal of CranioMaxillofacial Surgery, and Texas Medicine, and regularly reviews for the Journal of Trauma (now the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery), the American Journal of Transplantation, Military Medicine, Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, and the Laryngoscope.  Dr. Holt previously served as the Section Editor for Ethics and Public Policy for the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Southern Medical Association Staff:
Randall Glick

Content Reviewer:
Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH

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