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The ‘Writing in Surgery’ course will enable you to construct a surgical paper and understand the fundamentals of publishing a surgical article.

A variety of activities are employed to suit different learning styles and to create an engaged, interactive, and collaborative community of learners through asynchronous discussion boards. A blend of formative and summative assessment are used to help you better orient your efforts and come to understand what is expected of you throughout the course.

Further courses in Advanced Writing in Surgery and Evidence Based Practice are under development and will complement the Writing in Surgery course, providing an opportunity to secure a 60 credit postgraduate certificate qualification. These two additional courses will arm you with skills that enable you to write a paper and optimise publication strategies through understanding how to develop research questions, the principles of trial design and data analysis, and the editorial process.

Course structure

A flexible 10-week taught course divided into five 2-week blocks with each focusing on a particular topic:

  • Block A: The process – Manuscript to Published Article
  • Block B: Writing the Methods and Results; Probity and Conduct of Research
  • Block C: Writing the Introduction and Discussion
  • Block D: Writing the Abstract and Title Construction
  • Block E: Editing and Submission

Programme Team

Mr Martyn Evans

Mr Martyn Evans
Course Lead and Editor, BJS

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery, Swansea University

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

O James Garden

O James Garden
Professor Emeritus, Director, Edinburgh Surgery Online

CBE BSc MB ChB MD DSc(hon) FRCSEd FRCPEd FRSE FRCSCan(hon) FRACS(hon) FACS(hon) FRCS(hon) FCSHK(hon) FRCSI(hon)

Formerly, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh; Past Editor-in-Chief, HPB and Past Associate Editor, World Journal of Surgery

Dr Susan Morrow

Dr Susan Morrow
Deputy Programme Director, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Surgery Online

Interested in this course?

Please email UoEBJSInstitute [at] for further information.

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