University of Utah Pediatric Resident Writing Elective

Course Director Jennifer Goldman
Admin Dale Herring
# of Weeks Available for a Block 1/2/3 weeks
Available Longitudinally yes
Maximum # of Learners per week Medical Students: 1 Residents: 2 Fellows: 2
Special Considerations Can be done remotely
Competencies Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal Skills and Comm, Practice-based Learning, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

Rotation Details

Trainees participate in developing, revising, and/or updating material for the Medical Home Portal website to provide guidance to primary care clinicians and support for families of children with special health care needs. Examples of prior resident publications include: Contraception & Menstrual Management, CBD for Neurologic Conditions in Children. Publications for the Medical Home Portal can strengthen and diversify the trainee’s curriculum vitae.


  1. Collaborate with Medical Home Portal staff on a work plan at the start and periodically review progress with the Technical Editor and Editor-in-Chief
  2. Utilize PubMed and other media to identify clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based guidance for clinical care


  1. Ability to adapt writing to an intended audience (e.g., primary care clinicians or families/caregivers of children with special health care needs)
  2. Self-motivation to complete tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision 
  3. Interpretation and application of existing medical literature to online clinical education

Required Reading or Viewing

Please watch the first two videos prior to or at the start of your elective. We no longer have an in-person meeting for this orientation, so without watching these videos, you will not be able to actively participate in the elective.

Typical Schedule

Day 1: orientation to Portal, discussion of writing options, selection of topic, generation of work plan and outline of content, set up UBox, set up log-in to the Portal. (Some Day 1 activities may precede the start date of the elective.)
Day 2-3: conduct lit review, write, and edit topic; meet with editor to check in
Day 4-5: complete writing and editing; meet with editor to turn in completed work This schedule can be adjusted to accommodate additional weeks and/or longitudinal work over a year (such as during ambulatory weeks).

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: June 2022; last update/revision: June 2023
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Jennifer Goldman, MD, MRP, FAAP