Getting Your Work Published

  • Melina C. VassiliouEmail author
  • Liane S. Feldman
  • Gerald M. Fried
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Publishing the results of scholarly work is critical for the development of any academic career. In surgical education research, contributions to the peer-reviewed literature have increased significantly in the past decades, and this has helped “legitimize” education research as an academic focus [1]. In addition to the traditional avenues for publication of research endeavors, such as conference presentations and journals, other academic work in surgical education, including teaching and assessment materials, can be disseminated through Internet-based resources. This provides an important opportunity for career development for the surgical educator who may not have a research focus. In either case, submitting your work for publication requires you to formally organize the work and put it in the context of what was done before, anticipate comments and questions, and make it understandable to a wide audience, thereby developing as a researcher and educator. The ultimate goal is to allow others to learn from and build on your experiences, both positive and negative, while developing an academic portfolio that will objectively demonstrate your contributions in surgical education. In this chapter, we will first discuss publication of surgical education research in journals and through other traditional venues and then focus on the dissemination of other educational work, such as curricula and assessments, through less traditional forms of publication.


Surgical Education Academic Focus Medical Education Journal Traditional Venue General Medical Education 
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Further Reading

  1. Sanfey H, Gantt NL. Career development resource: academic career in surgical education. Am J Surg. 2012;204:126–9.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melina C. Vassiliou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Liane S. Feldman
    • 1
  • Gerald M. Fried
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of General SurgeryMcGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada

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