Practicing Clinicians and Research(Medical Horizons)

Aly A. Misha'l


Many medical practitioners are daunted by the
idea of writing manuscripts for publication,
mainly due to unfamiliarity or unrealistic
perceptions about supposed difficulties of writing
and publishing. This includes doctors in
residency training, new graduates as well as
practicing physicians and surgeons in various
The frequently asked questions are:
• Is it possible for me to write?
• Is it possible for my manuscript to be accepted
for publication?
• Why bother doing research in a clinically
oriented setting?
The basic fact about writing is that it is not as
unfamiliar as might be supposed. Practically, we
do “writing” every day as clinical notes in
patients’ medical records and as medical reports
for various reasons.
These writings need proper adaptation if they are
planned for publication or presentation.
Unfamiliarity contributes to the supposition that
“writing” is difficult. This is in fact more illusory
than real.
Writing for publication is not as difficult as is
commonly supposed and the reward is great.
Writing and publishing are not exclusive to
academics and university professors. Practicing
physicians have their role and share in view of
exposure to a wide variety of clinical scenarios,
in addition to their proximity to the needs and
challenges of the community. The more they
practice writing, the better they improve and
develop this talent. There can be no greater
satisfaction for a clinician than seeing his/her
work undergo a peer review process and
culminate as a published article.
The common perception that research is
experimenting in a laboratory is not correct. The
more appropriate definition of research: is careful
investigation into some subjects or areas of study
with the aim of discovering and applying new
facts or information and acquiring new
knowledge that eventually leads to better patient

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