Basic Science Educator
Instructions for Contributors

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Contributions to the Basic Science Educator are encouraged from all who seek to have their information reach an audience of basic science course directors, members of the basic science faculty, clerkship directors, attending physicians, curriculum planners, residency directors, and all those involved with the teaching or administration of the medical sciences throughout the continuum of health professional training. With the exception of Letters and Commentaries, all articles must begin with an Abstract, have an Introduction, which clearly indicates the purpose for the paper, and end with Conclusion. Appropriate section headings for the body of the text, such as Background, Commentary, etc. are at the discretion of the author(s) and the Managing Editor. All articles must cite appropriate References. The Managing Editor and two other members of the Editorial Board will review articles. Unless otherwise noted, send all submissions to J. Charles Eldridge, Ph.D., Managing Editor.

The Basic Science Educator has an international staff of Associate Editors and Manuscript Reviewers, and thus it is preferable we receive all materials electronically. These may be in any word processing program and submitted as e-mail attachments to Gels and other illustrations may be included as high quality scanned images. If electronic submission is not possible, please contact Dr. Eldridge by phone (336-716-8570) or fax (336-716-8501) to discuss alternate methods. This is also true when submitting articles for consideration to an Associate Editor. For their contact information, see individual listings below.


Submission is encouraged of articles relating to all aspects of teaching and learning in the medical sciences throughout undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing medical education, and all aspects of faculty development. Examples include, but are not limited to, integration of science throughout the continuum of medical training; experiments in individual course or curriculum design; creation of methods which stimulate thinking, problem-solving skills, and foster independent student learning; methods to encourage student integrity, humaneness, and team-building characteristics; and programs directed toward medical science faculty development.

Innovations In Basic Science Teaching And Learning

The purpose of this column is to share new approaches to the teaching of medical sciences that will enhance the student’s ability to learn. Submissions to: Harold Traurig, Associate Editor.

Computer Applications In Basic Science Education

The purpose of this column is to explore means by which computer technology may be used to aid both faculty and students in the teaching and learning of medicine. Submissions to: W. Marshall Anderson, Associate Editor.

Social Issues In The Basic Sciences

The purpose of this column is to present articles that stimulate basic science faculty to consider their role in all aspects of medicine and society. Submissions to: David Bolender, Associate Editor.

International Perspective

The purpose of this column is to demonstrate both the diversity and yet commonality of how the fundamental medical sciences are taught throughout the world. Submissions to: Roger Koment.

The Educator’s Portfolio

The purpose of this column is to disseminate techniques currently in use, or under development, for the documentation of the educational activities of medical school faculty members. Submissions to: Jay Menna, Associate Editor.

The Medical Educator’s Resource Guide

The purpose of this column is to present critical reviews of educational materials on the worldwide web. Submissions to John Cotter, Associate Editor.

In My Opinion… (Debates)

Debates on issues of timely interest to medical science educators are welcome, and may actually be arranged with help from the Editorial Board. The purpose is to present readers with common arguments on each side of a controversial issue to help us better understand different views. To discuss your ideas, to volunteer as one side of a debate, or to suggest a topic you would like to see debated, please contact J. Charles Eldridge.


The Editorial Board encourages submission by individuals of their views on timely topics in medical education, especially those which relate to teaching and learning of the medical sciences. These essays may be up to 1,500 words in length. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.

In The Literature…

This column features reference citations and brief excerpts from articles in medical science education, which are published in other journals, or sources. Your submissions are encouraged. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.


These are anecdotal accounts, original poetry, or commentary that are reflections on the process and meaning of medical education and the practice of medicine. Your submissions are encouraged. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.

Letters To The Editor

Reader response to articles in the Basic Science Educator is encouraged in the spirit of dialogue, and will be published as space permits. Letters may be up to 500 words. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.


Announcements and news of interest to medical science educators are published in each issue. All topics may be considered. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.

Calendar Of Events

Notices of upcoming conferences, workshops, and other events of interest to medical science faculty are listed chronologically in each issue. Please send information regarding your event as soon as possible to ensure inclusion in the next available issue. Please contact J. Charles Eldridge.

e-mail addresses:
J. CharlesEldridge
W. MarshallAnderson
David Bolender
John Cotter
Roger Koment
Jay Menna
Harold Traurig