About the Course

There is a significant need to develop communication skills in scientific writing. Scientists must be able to publish impactful conference abstracts as well as highly cited peer reviewed orthopaedic research publications, both of which are necessary for career development and advancement.

This course will provide a unique resource for the ORS community to help enhance the quality and number of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal related research publications. The curriculum will serve PhD candidates, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, orthopaedic residents, orthopaedic fellows, and beginning basic, translational, and clinical, and industry researchers (no matter what degree).

This course includes over 3 hours of learning.

LearnORS will maximize success by allowing the learners to control the rate at which they move forward through segmented content created by experts.

Course Curriculum

Author Contributions: The Author List  

Ken Mann, PhD (Module Lead)
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Avoiding Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism

Alayna Loiselle, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center

Examples of Ethics in Writing 

Jennifer Wayne, PhD
Virginia Tech, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Learning Objectives:

  • How to avoid Plagiarism and self-plagiarism.
  • How to accurately represent Authors’ contributions.
  • How to avoid conflict of interest and how to declare it.
  • Important examples (retractions, scientific misconduct etc.).

Developing a Publishing Strategy

Linda Sandell, PhD (Module Lead)
Editor in Chief, Journal of Orthopaedic Research

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptual framework: From the idea to the story.
  • The process of manuscript submission.
  • Compliance with Journal instructions.
  • What makes a paper suitable for peer review?
  • The review process.
  • Editorial decision

Qian Chen, PhD (Module Lead)
Brown Medical School/RIH

The Art of Abstract Writing

Alice Hunag, PhD
Columbia University

Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD (Module Lead)
Louisiana State University

Engineering a Winning Abstract

Joel Boerckel, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Learning Objectives:

  • Basics of abstract writing
  • Abstract writing for a manuscript
  • Abstract writing for a conference
  • Components of a podium presentation-worthy abstract
  • Group lab and discussion

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD (Module Co-Lead)
University of Maryland

James Iatridis, PhD (Module Co-Lead)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Robin Queen, PhD, FACSM, FIOR
Virginia Tech

Clark Hung, PhD
Columbia University

Learning Objectives:

  • Basic, fundamental components.
  • Gathering the data to tell a compelling story.
  • Components of a strong introduction.
  • Purpose and effectiveness of the methods section
  • The art of concisely writing a result section
  • The components of an impactful discussion
  • Citing relevant work and the process of good referencing

Know Your Audience

Mandi Lopez, DVM, MS, PhD (Module Lead)
Louisiana State University

Benefits of Writing a Review Article

Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD
Virginia Tech

Types and Structure of a Review Article

Mathew Mathew, PhD
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

Learning Objectives:

  • Benefits of writing/publishing review articles
  • Identifying a topic area & audience
  • Searching databases for relevant literature
  • Generating impactful figures
  • Importance of take-home messages and identifying gaps in knowledge

Getting a Decision

Daisuke Sakai, MD, PhD (Module Lead)
Tokai University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Different types of decisions and their interpretations.
  • How to respond to reviewers.
  • Responding to critiques that you do not agree with.
  • Editorial evaluation.
  • Choice of reviewers for a revised manuscript.
  • Things that can go wrong (examples and solutions.)

Hicham Drissi, PhD (Module Lead)
Emory University

Amanda Buring
Senior Editor, Wiley

How to Advertise Your Work on Social Media and ResearchGate

Jeannie Bailey, PhD (Module Lead)
University of California, San Francisco


Carolyn Chlebek, MS
Cornell University


Lara Pferdehirt, PhD Candidate
Washington University in St. Louis

Learning Objectives:

  • Why advertise your manuscripts on social media platforms?
  • Hashtags.
  • Tagging appropriate people/organizations.
  • Increasing your reach.
  • Different avenues, e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate

Karl Lewis (Module Co-Lead)
Cornell University

Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD (Module Co-Lead)
University of Illinois at Chicago

Megan Oest, PhD (Module Co-Lead)
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within our scientific field
  • Describe several ways that diversity affects the quality and rigor of our science/publications
  • Develop action items to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our research and publications


The NEW LearnORS Enrollment allows individual learners and multi-user groups to:

  • Become an ORS Member and purchase the Courses at discounted pricing
  • Access all LearnORS Courses offered with a single registration

Scientific Courses

Art of Grant Writing
Orthopaedic Basic Science
Principles of Clinical Research

ORS Member rate = $250/Course
Non-Member rate = $350/Course

Career Development Courses

Enhanced Writing and Publication Skills

ORS Member rate = $90/Course
Non-Member rate = $120/Course

New Investigator Toolkit

ORS Member rate = $29/Course
Non-Member rate = $59/Course

LearnORS Bundle (Best Value) – ALL 5 Courses

ORS Member rate = $825
Non-Member rate = $1,125

Learn ORS Residency Bundle

This purchasing option allows a Residency Program to purchase access to all LearnORS Courses for as many residents as they have in their Program.