Last updated 2019-05-23
Pacific Medical Training course manuscripts are files that meet our accreditation requirements and follow certain policies to allow quick transcription to our online course format. Courses are drafted as two separate files: reading materials and examination.
The checklist below is used to confirm that a course manuscript is compliant with our policies.
The subject matter expert is a chosen expert in the field of learning material. They must find the best citations which are related to this course and create the first draft of learning materials. They will provide the first manuscript.
Each course learning material section shall have learning objectives. These must be measurable objectives related to that material. Here is an example:
Learning Objective: The participant will demonstrate knowledge about the change in emphasis from airway and ventilation to compressions and perfusion by selecting the correct responses in a multiple choice examination.
Modern typesetting dictates there is one space after the period and other punctuation.
Units of measure are noted in common units followed by SI units. Include a space between the number and unit name. See also http://physics.nist.gov/Pubs/SP330/sp330.pdf
Drugs are referenced by their generic names. See also http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/1997/WHO_PHARM_S_NOM_1570.pdf
We follow the style guidelines of the latest edition of AMA Manual of Style and The Chicago Manual of Style.
Each course section includes a works cited section (“Heading 2” format). This lists each citation inside the course text, in order of appearance. Each section’s citations start numbering at number 1. Use the “numbered list” styling for this list and do not use “references” or other built-in citation features. Abbreviate journal names according to Index Medicus. List the first three authors, followed by “et al” if there are more than three. Examples of correct referencing forms are as follows:
Journal Article: Raftery KA, Smith-Coggins R, Chen AHM. Gender-associated differences in emergency department pain management. Ann Emerg Med. 1995;26:414-421.
Book: Huddy J. Emergency Department Design: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Future. Dallas, TX: American College of Emergency Physicians; 2002.
Book Chapter: Mengert TJ, Eisenberg MS. Prehospital and emergency medicine thrombolytic therapy. In: Tintinalli JE, Ruiz E, Krome RL, eds. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. 4th ed. New York NY: McGraw-Hill; 1996:337-343.
In the course text, make citations in superscript like this1. Or multiple citations like this2,3 or this4-7. If a reference applies to an entire section of the course then use the citation for the first paragraph of the section; do NOT add citation heading names.
All headings should use title case. “Heading 1” should be used for course sections. Course sections should be titled like “SECTION 1: Introduction”. Use smaller headings hierarchically to organize content further.
All content in the course should be left-aligned, including images. Below the image, include a description and any credits. We only use creative commons or public domain images and attribute each image as required. If sourcing is not shown for an image then we assume we do not have the right to use it.
Note: attribution is not required for ECG strips, these are not copyrightable.
Writers use bold and italic type as necessary to make emphasis or draw attention. Our goal is to help people learn.
Writers should not manually edit the font, font size, or color unless specifically directed to do so in this document.
The subject matter expert is a chosen expert in the field of learning material. They will provide the first manuscript in any format.
All examination questions are to be organized into sections that match the learning material sections. Students that get a question wrong will see that question and the section on their post-exam report and they will search for the answer.
All exam questions are multiple-choice with one correct answer, “All of the above” and “None of the above” answers are not acceptable. Indicate your correct answer with bold and list it first. The correct response must clearly stand out as the one that experts in the field would recognize as the best answer. Wrong answers should represent unsafe practices or commonly held misconceptions and should be plausible. See also https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/writing-good-multiple-choice-test-questions/
All examination questions are multiple choice problems. There are two sentence structures that may be used for these questions. The first uses a question mark in the question and each answer does not have periods. The second uses a partial sentence in the question and each answer has a period at the end. In each case, the answers begin with a capitalized letter.
Each incorrect answer will include an explanation of why that answer is wrong. This explanation will not explicitly provide the correct answer. Writers must make complete sentences, with periods, in the remediation text.
Following are examples of each examination question format following all styling rules:
What is the complementary color of red?
The first rule of Fight Club is
You do not talk about Fight Club.
Always wear a belt.
Each fight is recorded.
You can only attend once.
Each of our courses completes a thorough review process by many parties inside and outside the company. We track each revision of each published document through a review and versioning process.
In each document and exam manuscript, the first top-level heading is “VERSION HISTORY” and a reverse-chronological-order list follows like so:
CHANGES NOT YET PUBLISHED
While you are making any changes to a document, note your progress under CHANGES NOT YET PUBLISHED. When we are ready to publish, Will will create the official print version, secure signatures of any reviewers and set the publication date for that version.
If you are adding a significant amount of material, provide your CV to Will and you will be added to the faculty section. You will also need to sign a conflict of interest form stating that you are not taking money from drug companies to maliciously write courses promoting those companies.
NOTE: Will have changed our policy for capitalization to use title case only for the title of a document and to use sentence case for all other content, including headings. This will remove ambiguity and be in line with modern typography in other contexts.