A two-day workshop on medical writing and ethics, jointly organised by the British Medical Journal, India (BMJ India) and the Institute of Health and Family Welfare (IHFW), Kolkata, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal, was held in Kolkata 7-8 July.
Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata was the Guest of Honour. The event began with a welcome address from the Director of Medical Education, Government of West Bengal and was presided over by the Director of IHFW.
The objective of the workshop was to encourage and assist the medical educators of the state medical colleges and hospitals to publish their work in medical journals by sharpening their research paper writing skills and sensitising them to ethical issues associated with medical research and publication.
The event drew participation from 30+ medical educators from the state medical colleges and hospitals and guest speakers from both the state and national institutes of importance including the editors of reputed Indian medical journals. Dr Anita Jain, India Editor of BMJ discussed at length the essentials of writing a good scientific research article and the peer review process, and conducted sessions on writing structured abstracts of research papers.
The event was hailed as a success by both the organisers and the participants.
British Deputy High Commission Kolkata had earlier supported the launch of BMJ India in Kolkata. Speaking at the event Scott Furssedonn-Wood highlighted the strong advocacy role that BMJ plays in the field of publication and hoped that BMJ would find deeper and wider points of engagement with the public sector in West Bengal.
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