The APDIM Annual Survey undergoes a rigorous process of editing, pretesting, and pilot-testing to maximize content validity. A primary goal of the Survey and Scholarship Committee is to assist APDIM members in achieving educational scholarship through the content that they submit for inclusion in the Annual Survey.
If an author’s section is selected for inclusion, a subgroup of Survey and Scholarship Committee members will be assigned to assist with further development of and revision to your section. This will require prompt responses from section leads to request for revisions during survey pretesting and pilot-testing. Alliance Surveys staff will also assist with reviews of content to ensure that best practices for survey methodology are adhered to. All authors must agree to have their section edited by the APDIM Survey Committee and APDIM Council.
APDIM survey data collection is managed by Alliance Surveys staff, who will provide a report including survey section summary results for authors about one month after survey closure. About one month prior to their planned launch date, the APDIM Annual Surveys is submitted by AAIM Surveys staff to an institutional review board (IRB) for compliance with human subjects research protections. AAIM Surveys staff hold valid certificates in human subjects research training.
Once the APDIM survey is closed you will receive a complete, de-identified dataset including data on responding and non-responding program essential characteristics. Section authors have six months to draft a manuscript for publication. In addition, it is expected that several APDIM Survey Committee members will serve as co-authors and assist with manuscript preparation based on their interest and involvement in the particular section on the survey. The preparation of a manuscript will likely require statistical support, and the Committee would encourage you to try and identify local expertise, but will work with you to obtain statistical support, if possible.
If after six month’s the author has not prepared an initial draft manuscript, the Survey Committee reserves the right to assume the lead on manuscript preparation. The author is still included on the authorship list, but may not appear as first author if someone else writes the manuscript. Section authors have the opportunity to meet with members of the APDIM Survey Committee at APDIM/AAIM meetings to discuss and receive help to outline a manuscript.