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But is it publishable? Mastering the MMed message

A G Parrish, E S Grossman


The research requirement for South African specialist registration offers opportunities and challenges. For some clinicians it may spark a lifelong interest in clinical investigation, while for many others it may provide a potential publication opportunity. Integrating the specific requirements of an MMed mini-dissertation with those of standard medical publications can be difficult for first-time authors and their supervisors; published guidance caters to full-length laboratory Master’s or doctoral research. We suggest that research is more likely to be publishable if it is locally relevant, has a clear clinical message and is coherently presented.

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A G Parrish, Department of Internal Medicine, Frere and Cecilia Makiwane Hospitals, East London, and Department of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology, Walter Sisulu University, East London, South Africa

E S Grossman, East London and Port Elizabeth Health Resource Centres, Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

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MMed thesis; Publication; Research; Mini-dissertation

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South African Medical Journal 2020;110(8):753-755. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i8.14770

Article History

Date submitted: 2020-07-29
Date published: 2020-07-29

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