CTSI Workshop Series: Foundations of Scientific Writing for Staff Members, Winter 2023-2024


The CTSI’s Pilot Core, Workforce Development Core, and Duke AI Health Community of Practice are pleased to announce a new workshop series.

The goal of this workshop series is to support our CTSI operational staff members in gaining experience with scientific writing, such as posters and manuscripts.

The workshop cohort is limited to 25 participants, and first priority will be given to CTSI staff members.

Each of the 5 sequential workshop sessions will be 2 hours and the sessions will be held virtually. Participants will be asked to be on-camera and actively interacting during each session, which will be held:

  • Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 8 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 29 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 21 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The series will also have a required in-person component, when participants present the product of their work as a poster in person:

  • Wednesday, March 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, held at the School of Nursing on Duke’s campus

We will ask registrants to commit to attending all 5 workshops plus the in-person component. This is because the series is designed to build on knowledge gained in each workshop, to culminate in a product to be shared with others during the poster session, and a final session to reflect on experiences and provide a path for forward development.

Who should attend?

We encourage staff members at any level of seniority and experience to participate, including coordinators, project managers, project leaders, and analysts – beginners through advanced. The purpose of this workshop series is to learn, and participants do not need to have previous experience in scientific writing.

Each participant will be asked to confirm their manager’s approval for them to participate in the workshop series. We encourage managers to consider this participation as potentially valuable in an employee’s training plan.

How to register as a participant

Please register at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56FdmMls4oXij7U

How to nominate someone to participate

We encourage managers, faculty, and other leaders to nominate staff members for participation in the workshop series. You can submit a nomination at: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4O6UNYm2embSPjM

Structure of the workshops

Each of the 5 virtual workshop will include both a lecture covering important concepts and background information, as well as an interactive component.

Participants will be asked to attend each session live, being on-camera and actively interacting. Although lectures will be recorded and available to participants as a reference, the interactive components will not be recorded. The CTSI Pilot Core will be supporting the facilitation of the break-out sessions.

“Learn by doing”

In this workshop series, we will use the CTSI Data Science Core’s model of “learn by doing” for participants to grow confidence in scientific writing through hands-on experience.

Each participant will develop a poster using formal scientific writing conventions, including topic selection and refinement, organization, content development, visual elements (including diagrams and charts), co-authorship, references, acknowledgements, and other best practices.

Scientific posters are a widely used basis for articulating key programmatic and scientific accomplishments and results. When prepared with rigor, a poster is a “miniature manuscript” that can then be developed into a full paper.

The topic of the poster will be chosen by each participant and their manager, and we will encourage participants to write about topics where they have experience and interest. This can include operational topics, processes, program descriptions, communication and dissemination, ethics, and the challenges and opportunities of translational science.

  • The workshops are taught by Jonathan McCall, MS, Director of Communications for Duke AI Health,
  • This opportunity is produced by Shelley Rusincovitch, MMCi, FAMIA, Managing Director of Duke AI Health and Co-Director, CTSI Biomedical Informatics & Data Science (BIDS) Pillar
  • Jessica Johnstone is the project manager for the series

We greatly appreciate the support and expertise of the CTSI Pilots Core and CTSI Workforce Development.

Please email aihealth@duke.edu if you have any questions.

What is it like to participate in a poster showcase?

In this highlight video of our April 2023 poster showcase, created by Duke videographer Michael Blair with support from the Duke Center for Computational Thinking, the video features interviews by Matt Engelhard, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and faculty director of the AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program; and Hanxue Gu, a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and a member of the Mazurowski Lab.

Photograph of participants at the poster showcase
Photograph from the March poster showcase