Resident Focus

The Resident Focus is a free e-newsletter written by medical residents. This project is an outlet for residents to share with their peers recent evidence they find important.

The DynaMed Resident Focus consists of a brief summary of a recent article that the author finds interesting or important to clinical practice or medical education. It provides valuable, unbiased information to clinicians, educators, and trainees who sign up to receive the e-newsletter by email. Any resident clinician can submit a Resident Focus.

A short author biography and links to additional information, such as the relevant DynaMed topic and the resident’s training program, can be found in the Resident Focus.

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Editorial Process for DynaMed Resident Focus

The Resident Focus is written by medical residents, and all residents are eligible to submit an article summary. All submissions meeting criteria for scholarly contribution will be accepted. All work should be original content written by the author.

DynaMed Editors will coordinate the editing and peer review of each submission. Editors will provide pre-review suggestions if needed to ensure the submission presents a scholarly contribution suitable for the DynaMed Resident Focus. The Editor will then share the summary with peer reviewers that can include other residents, attending physicians, community physicians, and professionals from other disciplines. If appropriate, reviewers with specific expertise in a subject may be consulted. Peer review may be conducted individually or may be conducted as a group activity, at the discretion of the Editor.

The summary will be sent to the peer reviewers anonymously, and they have the opportunity to critique the work and give feedback to the original author. The expected duration of the peer review process is 4-8 weeks. Once the article is deemed acceptable by the Editor, it will receive final copy edit and publication.

DynaMed Resident Focus Newsletter Editors

Editor, DynaMed Resident Focus
Thomas Hilts, DO, FAAFP
Associate Deputy Editor, DynaMed
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Contributing Editor, DynaMed Resident Focus
Alan Drabkin, MD
Section Editor for Family Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School


All authors, contributing editors and reviewers must disclose any conflicts of interest. Statements acknowledging any conflicts of interest or declaring no conflicts of interest will be found within the Author information section of the Resident Focus. Contributing editors will inform the managing editor if any reviewers disclose conflicts of interest.

Copyright information

Authors must have obtained proper permission from the copyright authorities for any reproduced material used in the Resident Focus. In general no reproduction of material is expected in these brief articles. When Resident Focus articles are accepted and published, the author assigns copyright for the article to EBSCO Information Services. The article will be available for open-access viewing. Reproduction in other forms is allowed after obtaining permission from EBSCO Information Services.

How to cite

The suggested format for citation is:

Author Name. Article Title. DynaMed EBM Journal. Year; volume number(issue number). Available from (URL).

An example is:

Scheeringa, B. Ibuprofen Appears At Least as Effective as Acetaminophen Plus Codeine for Pain Relief in Children with Arm Fracture, and May be Associated with Better Functional Outcomes, Fewer Adverse Events, and Better Satisfaction. DynaMed EBM Journal. 2013; 8(19). Available from…

Instructions for Resident Focus Authors

All residents physicians are eligible to submit an article for the Resident Focus. If you are interested in participating in the DynaMed Resident Focus project, contact Hannah Brackett-York at for full instructions.

Inclusion of one or more co-authors is acceptable and co-authors do not have to be residents and can represent professionals from other disciplines. All work should be original content written by the author(s).

The suggested maximum length of an article (excluding title and references) is 500 words. Each article should focus on a particular clinical scenario or clinical question that the resident found interesting and helpful to share with their peers. After explaining background information about the clinical question, the author should summarize and critically evaluate the best available evidence that addresses the question. Then the author should use this information to try to answer the original question. When submitting articles, no specific patient information should be used so there is no way that someone can be identified from the article.

The content of the Resident Focus article should be consistent with the evidence analysis found in DynaMed. If commenting on evidence not selected for inclusion in DynaMed, then an explanation of why it was not included in DynaMed should be provided. During the review process, communication with a DynaMed editor will be performed to help clarify this explanation.

All articles mentioned in the DynaMed Resident Focus should be appropriately referenced using the American Medical Association reference style guidelines from the AMA Manual of Style 10th edition. Tables and illustrations should not be submitted.

Sample Outline of a Resident Focus article

Title: This should be the final conclusion.

The first paragraph should contain a concise description of the
clinical question being examined. The description can include a brief case presentation (either real or simulated), historical information, or background information; pathophysiology information can be discussed but only if it is relevant and important to the question.

The second paragraph should include a critical appraisal of a
specific article on the clinical question described
in paragraph one. The article used should be found in relevant DynaMed topics and focus on patient oriented outcomes that change care. Consider basic information about the study such as design, patient population, intervention used, control group information, and relevant outcome. Then perform a critical appraisal of the article which should include aspects that were done well and also aspects that weakened the quality of evidence.

The third paragraph should incorporate the bottom line statement and a level of evidence grade using DynaMed evidence levels.
Ask, “How does this evidence change what we should do? Is further
research necessary?” Finally, make sure to include any other lessons learned throughout the process.

Helpful Hints

  • Focus on one question
  • Focus on the best evidence, not all the evidence
  • Utilize the DynaMed summary to double check your analysis of a study