Utilization of a National Writing Challenge to Promote Scholarly Work: A Pilot Study CUREUS JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Keniston, A., Frank, M., McBeth, L., Barkoudah, E., Pavon, J., Rohatangi, N., Vaughn, V., Bhandari, S., Burden, M. 2022; 14 (2): e21935


Background Hospitalists value mentorship and scholarly work, yet often struggle to find time and mentors amid busy clinical workloads. Objective To help catalyze writing for hospitalists nationally, we created a Writing Challenge, where we asked hospitalists to commit to the goal of writing 400 words a day, four days a week, for four weeks. Methods Prospective, programmatic evaluation with daily logs followed by a survey at the completion of the project. The four-week Writing Challenge occurred between June 7 and July 5, 2021. Email invitations to participate in the challenge were disseminated to peer networks, and the challenge was promoted using social media. Participants agreed to attempt to write 400 words per day, four days per week, for four weeks. Results Seventy-four individuals from 28 institutions registered for the Writing Challenge, with 36 (49%) participating in the challenge by logging their writing. Participants wrote an average of 4,372 +/- 4,324 words during the challenge. Sixty-eight percent of the participants reported that their amount of writing increased during the challenge and 50% of the participants stated they planned to publish their work, though many participants (46%) reported struggling to write each day. Conclusions The Writing Challenge is one way to generate increased writing and may result in increased scholarly output for academic hospitalists.

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