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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130-133

Advancing scholarship by publishing curriculum as an e-book

Department of Medicine; Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Lawrence Cheung
Departments of Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, University of Alberta, 3-129 Clinical Sciences Building, 11350 83 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_75_17

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Background: Medical educators provide service by developing curricula and writing learning material. In addition, academic institutions expect medical educators to publish scholarship to be considered for promotion and academic advancement. Unfortunately, educators may receive limited time to execute these duties and expectations. One way medical educators can streamline their workload is by publishing educational coursework they have previously written into an e-book through an online publisher. This allows them to transform educational service they have already completed into scholarship required for academic recognition, thus maximizing the efficient use of their time. Intervention: Publishing educational material as an e-book requires four steps. First, medical educators must determine which of their educational materials is best suited for publishing as an e-book. Second, educators must rank the features of each e-book publisher and choose the one that best meets their needs. Third, the educational material must be adapted as a manuscript and submitted for publication. Finally, the e-book must be advertised, promoted, and distributed to its intended audience. In addition, the success of the project should be evaluated. To illustrate this process, we describe the steps we took to publish the learning material we created for our internal medicine residents into an e-book. Lessons Learned: The overall process took approximately 3 months and went smoothly. For future publications, we would determine better ways to track the number of downloads of the e-book, ensure all of our images are adequately large, and consider the use of academic, rather than commercial e-book publishers.

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