Category Archives: Faculty Development

“Dear Esteemed Author:” Spotting a Predatory Publisher in 10 Easy Steps

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Christopher Morley, PhD

If you read the title and had some idea what it meant, you have probably received a letter from a dubious-looking publisher, asking you to submit your work. Often, it comes with an appeal to your ego and probably left you with a sense of wondering if this was a real solicitation.

In short, that solicitation was probably not “real.” What does that mean? To use current parlance, it means that such an invitation probably came from a “predatory publisher.” Predatory publishers1-3 are called as much because they:

  • Charge the author to publish in their usually online-only journal.
  • Connect that charge to the publication decision (this is key).
  • Do only a cursory review, if any at all (and many can be easily “pranked” into accepting garbage)
  • Appear to be “legitimate” superficially but will often not pass muster with promotion and tenure committees, agencies or accrediting bodies, or other interested parties.

It should be noted that not all “author-pays” models are illegitimate or predatory, and I will comment on that point further down. However, those that are will leave your paper “published” in a non-reputable journal that will not get you or your department/program the credit it needs. It also cuts off other publishing options and may leave you with a very expensive bill that may or may not have been fully disclosed at the outset. At the end, predatory journals are generally viewed as “vanity presses,” with the added problem that they take efforts to look legitimate from an academic standpoint, and authors do not realize they have submitted their work to a vanity press until it is too late.

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Required Faculty Development for Preceptors: It Can Be Done!

Dennis Baker, PhD

Dennis Baker, PhD

In 2001, I took a position as the assistant dean for faculty development at the newly formed Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM) in Tallahassee. I came to FSUCOM with 22 years of faculty development experience, the bulk of that with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For 16 years I travelled throughout Ohio giving teaching skills workshops for community preceptors. It was during the late 1980s through the 1990s, when the landscape of medicine was changing and preceptors had less time to teach and to participate in faculty development activities. I often thought about pushing for a faculty development requirement but knew there would be push back from preceptors and the administration.

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Video and Direct Observation Precepting: Time to Remove Our Head From the Sand

Keith Foster, PhD

Keith Foster, PhD

Advances in technology have made direct observation by video recording or live-feed easy and affordable, allowing the most financially limited programs to conduct direct observation this way. It is not surprising, then, that a large number of family medicine residency programs use some form of video recording or live-feed direct observation.

What is surprising is the absence of or only passing reference to the issues of informed consent, patient authorization, and procedural guidelines related to video recording and live-feed precepting in the examining room, particularly in the age of HIPAA.

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