One of our goals is to provide a consistent and reliable experience for readers. The goal of any article can generally be summarized by this question:
What do we need to do (at a minimum) to teach a reader to safely, effectively, and efficiently perform this procedure?
- See currently published articles on theprocedureguide.com to see examples of how each section should be written
- All sections are kept to a minimum.
- The article is not designed to be a thorough review of the entire topic like UptoDate. It’s always a balance of providing a good foundation but making the guide practical and useful for everyday proceduralists/learners so they can get the procedure done quickly, effectively, and safely.
- Wording itself focuses on brevity and precision.
- All links/references/videos/etc should get straight to the point.
- EX: If a reference is included, make it clear to the reader what exactly they are looking for in that reference that is relevant.
- Plan what images (especially fluoro images) and diagrams should accompany the text. They should be complimentary but also somewhat independent:
- Images should match and explain what is described in the text
- But, many readers will skim images as a way to understand the procedure, so the images/diagrams should tell a story themselves.
- Provide relevant images for the article (we can edit/markup/anonymize them for publication)
- Whenever possible plan to use sections from other articles that might apply to the article that you’re writing:
- i.e., the anatomy section of a lumbar medial branch block and lumbar medial branch radiofrequency article will be the same.
- The common sections can be updated whenever necessary so all articles are using the best version, and readers get consistent information across the site.
- In these cases, just put [Common block] in the draft, so the common block can be pulled in later.
- Sometimes there are variations on a technique (like unipedicular or bipedicular kyphos).
- Usually it’s best to outline an approach you are most comfortable with and that is accessible to the reader.
- Subsequent sections can be included under the Technique Section to outline other techniques with a focus on the differences.
- This is a very important section, even though the content within varies a lot.
- These are the clinical pearls that help move a reader from barely completing a procedure to becoming proficient at it.
- Include good primary literature whenever appropriate.
- Also include atypical sources like blogs, YouTube videos, etc. that might have relevant info.
- Relevant in this context is anything relevant to the procedure itself, and not a full academic review.
- Under each reference include commentary about what is relevant for that reference. (i.e., it might only be one section of one article that is relevant)
- Provide a profile photo and bio for the Contributors page
- Please include your medical school, residency/fellowship training facilities, current country of practice, specialty/subspecialties
- All articles are published without author information and the site has a common Contributors page
- All content including diagrams and images are published under the creative commons license indicated on the site
Information to send in along with each article draft:
- Bio info as above
- Article images/diagrams and their relevant annotations
- Google wallet or zelle/chase pay info for paid articles (half paid at the halfway mark, and other half at the end)