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Cureus. 2017 Dec 19;9(12):e1964. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1964.

The Importance of Writing and Publishing Case Reports During Medical Training.

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Cardiac Surgery, Clinic University Hospital of Valladolid.
Emerge, Emerging Diseases and Climate Change Research Unit, School of Public Health and Administration, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia.
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Case reports are valuable resources of unusual information that may lead to new research and advances in clinical practice. Many journals and medical databases recognize the time-honored importance of case reports as a valuable source of new ideas and information in clinical medicine. There are published editorials available on the continued importance of open-access case reports in our modern information-flowing world. Writing case reports is an academic duty with an artistic element. Unfortunately, few physicians-in-training receive formal education on what constitutes a publishable case report. This article emphasizes that the medical education community, specially the graduate medical education community, should be aware of the importance of writing and publishing good quality case reports.


case report; medical education; medical publishing; medical writing; scientific writing

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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