Empowering Medical Minds: The Manuscript Write-Up Workshop

In a world of breakthroughs and advancements in the field of medicine, the journey from research to publication is an essential bridge that often requires guidance and expertise. Recognizing this need, the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) at Hospital Tunku Azizah Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with the Malaysian Thoracic Society, embarked on a mission to empower medical professionals to tell their research stories through a Manuscript Write-Up Workshop. The event, which spanned two enlightening days, occurred on September 18, 2023, and October 18, 2023, at the Clinical Research Centre, Hospital Tunku Azizah Kuala Lumpur.

Guided by the capable hands of Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi and Professor Karuthan Chinna, esteemed mentors from the Centre of Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP), the workshop aimed to transform medical doctors and specialists into skilful authors of their research papers.

A Strategy That Makes a Difference

What set this workshop apart was the innovative approach of conducting it over two separate days, one month apart. This strategy allowed participants to delve deeply into their manuscript writing journey, with the first day serving as a launchpad and the second day as a crucial landing point.

The ingenious scheduling ensured participants had ample time to digest the initial guidance and work on their manuscripts. By the second session, they were well-prepared and ready to fine-tune their research papers, setting them on a path for submission to esteemed journals.

Participants Reaping the Benefits

The impact of the Manuscript Write-Up Workshop was evident in the faces of the enthusiastic participants. These dedicated medical professionals had already conducted groundbreaking research, but they faced a daunting challenge – translating their findings into a comprehensive manuscript that would pass rigorous peer review.

The workshop provided the much-needed support and knowledge required to surmount this obstacle. Participants were elated to find themselves more confident, equipped with new writing skills, and with a clear roadmap for their research papers.

Dr. Asiah Kassim, Head of the Clinical Research Centre, Hospital Tunku Azizah Kuala Lumpur and a seasoned paediatrician, expressed her gratitude, saying, “This workshop has not only transformed my staff’s manuscript but also rekindled my staff’s passion for scientific writing. They are now much more confident in their ability to communicate the significance of their research.”

Facilitators Finding Fulfillment

The satisfaction wasn’t limited to the participants alone. A/P Dr. Farizah Mohd Hairi and Prof Karuthan Chinna, the workshop’s mentors, were equally delighted with the outcome. “Witnessing the growth of these dedicated professionals and their progress in scientific writing is truly fulfilling,” said Prof Karuthan. “We are committed to nurturing the next generation of medical authors.”

The Manuscript Write-Up Workshop was not just an event; it was a transformative experience. As the participants left the Clinical Research Centre, they carried with them manuscripts ready for submission and newfound confidence, a network of peers, and the motivation to continue their quest for medical excellence.

Empowering medical minds is the first step towards advancing healthcare, and the Manuscript Write-Up Workshop is an exemplary endeavour in this direction. With every research paper that finds its way into a prestigious journal, the impact of this workshop will resonate throughout the world of medicine, contributing to a healthier and brighter future.

This report was written by Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi.

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