Your Case Report Writing Blueprint
As a writer of case reports, you may want to share clinical expertise with peers, teach students and residents, explore therapeutic options with patients, publish a case report preprint or publish in a medical journal. In these situations, you will benefit from training in writing, presenting, and publishing case reports following the CARE reporting guidelines. You will learn to identify your contributions, the audiences you wish to reach, and the information needed to begin writing. Upon completing this course you will be able to:
- Understand the "ins and outs" of publishing articles in scientific journals.
- Recognize the importance of health research reporting guidelines in guiding scientific publications.
- Integrate your clinical expertise with existing scientific knowledge.
- Write accurate and transparent case reports following the CARE guidelines as preprints, posters, and articles for scientific journals.
- Enhance communication with colleagues.
Dr. Riley co-led the development of the CARE guidelines for case reports and has taught case report writing for more than 5 years. He has been a medical writer and editor for more than twenty years and is experienced at guiding authors toward writing and publishing compelling case reports about the clinical services they provide.
David Riley, MD — founder of SWIHM and co-leader of the CARE guidelines — is board certified in Internal Medicine, is an editor with The Permanente Journal, and has participated in the development of health research reporting guidelines since 1999. SWIHM was founded to improve health research preprints, posters, and publications through training in writing using reporting guidelines to support better communication among healthcare stakeholders around the world.
In 2011, Dr. Riley co-led the development of the CARE guidelines, a widely accepted standard for writing case reports accepted by medical journals and translated into more than 10 languages. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Riley's interests range from music to cooking to medicine; he invites you to use case reports to communicate with the global healthcare community.
"This course was incredibly helpful, and the lessons and resources provided were invaluable. Since taking the class, I have written a case report which has been accepted for publication, and several others which are under consideration. This wouldn't have been possible without Dr. Riley's class and instruction. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in writing case reports and case series."
- Alisha Bruton, medical student 2019
“This course really breaks down writing a case report. It turned what I felt as a daunting task into something manageable. I really valued the downloadable slides that I can save for future reference and the quizzes at the end to help me focus on what is important to know. After taking this course, I now feel more prepared to tackle the project of writing a case report.”
- Dana Dragone, doctoral student 2019
“I enjoyed the simple, broken down steps for how to complete each section for a case report. Also, the various multimedia presentations of the modules were invaluable for learning and retention!”
- Sara Jaye Fenton, doctoral student 2019