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Complete Case Report Writing Course

— Case Report Writing Blueprint —

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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:

  1. Learn the "ins and outs" of publishing articles in scientific journals.
  2. Recognize the importance of health research reporting guidelines in guiding scientific publications.
  3. Integrate your clinical expertise with existing scientific knowledge.
  4. Write accurate and transparent case reports following the CARE guidelines as preprints, posters and articles for scientific journals.
  5. 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.


Your Instructor


David S. Riley, MD
David S. Riley, MD

David Riley, MD — founder of SWIHM and co-leader of the CARE guidelines — is board certified in Internal Medicine, 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

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and is self-paced — you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Once you have enrolled in this course you have access to the course for one year.

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