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CDIM Survey Guidelines


Annual CDIM Survey: Guidelines for Submitting Questions

Preparing Questions for Submission: Requirements and Standards

Obligations of Authors

Obligations of CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee

Focus of Questions

Goals and History of the CDIM Survey

Annual CDIM Survey: Guidelines for Submitting Questions
CDIM welcomes all of its members, past and present, to contribute items to CDIM’s annual survey.

Preparing Questions for Submission: Requirements and Standards
Those interested in submitting questions for inclusion in CDIM’s annual survey are asked to fill out a questionnaire submission form. CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee gives first priority to questions of greatest importance to CDIM and its membership. As a guide, each section of the CDIM survey should contain no more than 15-20 questions.

Obligations of Authors
Using the questionnaire submission form, authors must submit questions by the deadline to be considered for inclusion in the following year’s survey.

Members submitting questions for the incoming CDIM annual survey are encouraged to review Past CDIM Survey Data and or CDIM Survey Publications.

If an author’s section is selected for inclusion, the author:

  • Agrees to have his/her section edited by the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee and CDIM Council.
  • Collaborates with the survey writing team during the question editing process.
  • Helps make calls to survey non-responders if needed.
  • Agrees to accept CDIM Research Committee nominated co-authors (most often the survey writing team section leads) to assist with manuscript preparation given the amount of work involved in preparing the questions for survey inclusion.
  • Drafts a manuscript for publication within 3 months of receiving the section data.
  • Agrees to allow the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee to assume the lead on manuscript preparation if no draft has been prepared by 6 months.

Section authors have the opportunity to meet with members of the CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee at the CDIM National Meeting to discuss and receive help to outline a manuscript.

Obligations of CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee
Give the corresponding survey data and a start to the methods section to survey section authors at or shortly before the national meeting.

The committee sends a note to survey section authors to suggest that they have six months to draft a manuscript describing the findings. The CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee reserves the right to take the lead on manuscript preparation if, after a reasonable length of time, the question author does not make progress in doing so.

The CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee Chair, Vice chair and survey writing team committee members are available to help authors with manuscript preparation, to answer questions about the data or to address any other questions pertaining to survey findings.

CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee can provide help in accessing and retrieving previous CDIM surveys results may be relevant and or related to current survey findings thus helpful for manuscript preparation.

The CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee Survey Writing Team makes every attempt to meet with survey section authors at the annual CDIM meeting to discuss manuscript preparation.

The CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee will provide feedback to the authors whose questions were not included in the survey.

The CDIM Survey and Scholarship Committee should inform authors no later than January 31, about the about acceptance or rejection of items submission. All authors of questions should be notified by this time.

Focus of Questions
Questions appropriate for the CDIM survey are those relevant to and viewed as essential to CDIM and its members to inform policy, provide information for strategic planning within the organization, enhance research, and provide a platform for CDIM to gain national recognition with other organizations.

Goals and History of the CDIM Survey
CDIM has been surveying its members since 1999. This effort has resulted in educational scholarship and generalizable knowledge about internal medicine clerkships in US and Canadian medical schools. The CDIM annual survey has three main goals:

  • Assess the needs of the CDIM membership and provide course and clerkship directors with answers to questions of educational relevance.
  • To describe practices, standards, and issues affecting the teaching, learning, scholarship and research in undergraduate medical education
  • To assess perceptions of those in educational leadership roles about practices, methods, and procedures in internal medicine undergraduate education.

 

Deadline

All submissions must be sent via the form no later than March 28.

Call for 2016 CDIM Survey Questions Submission Form

Sample of successful CDIM Survey submission

Survey Timeline

CDIM Survey Timeline

Related Information

Questions?

Email surveys@im.org for more information