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"The Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) has been in operation since almost a decade. It has contributed a huge number of peer reviewed articles, across a spectrum of medical disciplines, to the medical literature.
Its wide based indexing and open access publications attracts many authors as well as readers
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Super Speciality Paediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute, Noida
On Sep 2018




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On Sep 2018




Prof. Somashekhar Nimbalkar

"Over the last few years, we have published our research regularly in Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. Having published in more than 20 high impact journals over the last five years including several high impact ones and reviewing articles for even more journals across my fields of interest, we value our published work in JCDR for their high standards in publishing scientific articles. The ease of submission, the rapid reviews in under a month, the high quality of their reviewers and keen attention to the final process of proofs and publication, ensure that there are no mistakes in the final article. We have been asked clarifications on several occasions and have been happy to provide them and it exemplifies the commitment to quality of the team at JCDR."



Prof. Somashekhar Nimbalkar
Head, Department of Pediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
Chairman, Research Group, Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad
National Joint Coordinator - Advanced IAP NNF NRP Program
Ex-Member, Governing Body, National Neonatology Forum, New Delhi
Ex-President - National Neonatology Forum Gujarat State Chapter
Department of Pediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat.
On Sep 2018




Dr. Kalyani R

"Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research is at present a well-known Indian originated scientific journal which started with a humble beginning. I have been associated with this journal since many years. I appreciate the Editor, Dr. Hemant Jain, for his constant effort in bringing up this journal to the present status right from the scratch. The journal is multidisciplinary. It encourages in publishing the scientific articles from postgraduates and also the beginners who start their career. At the same time the journal also caters for the high quality articles from specialty and super-specialty researchers. Hence it provides a platform for the scientist and researchers to publish. The other aspect of it is, the readers get the information regarding the most recent developments in science which can be used for teaching, research, treating patients and to some extent take preventive measures against certain diseases. The journal is contributing immensely to the society at national and international level."



Dr Kalyani R
Professor and Head
Department of Pathology
Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College
Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research , Kolar, Karnataka
On Sep 2018




Dr. Saumya Navit

"As a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research provides an opportunity to researchers, scientists and budding professionals to explore the developments in the field of medicine and dentistry and their varied specialities, thus extending our view on biological diversities of living species in relation to medicine.
‘Knowledge is treasure of a wise man.’ The free access of this journal provides an immense scope of learning for the both the old and the young in field of medicine and dentistry as well. The multidisciplinary nature of the journal makes it a better platform to absorb all that is being researched and developed. The publication process is systematic and professional. Online submission, publication and peer reviewing makes it a user-friendly journal.
As an experienced dentist and an academician, I proudly recommend this journal to the dental fraternity as a good quality open access platform for rapid communication of their cutting-edge research progress and discovery.
I wish JCDR a great success and I hope that journal will soar higher with the passing time."



Dr Saumya Navit
Professor and Head
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Saraswati Dental College
Lucknow
On Sep 2018




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It's a honour and pride to be a part of the JCDR team. My very best wishes to JCDR and hope it will sparkle up above the sky as a high indexed journal in near future."



Dr. Arunava Biswas
MD, DM (Clinical Pharmacology)
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital , Kolkata




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Best regards,
C.S. Ramesh Babu,
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Muzaffarnagar Medical College,
Muzaffarnagar.
On Aug 2018




Dr. Arundhathi. S
"Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) is a reputed peer reviewed journal and is constantly involved in publishing high quality research articles related to medicine. Its been a great pleasure to be associated with this esteemed journal as a reviewer and as an author for a couple of years. The editorial board consists of many dedicated and reputed experts as its members and they are doing an appreciable work in guiding budding researchers. JCDR is doing a commendable job in scientific research by promoting excellent quality research & review articles and case reports & series. The reviewers provide appropriate suggestions that improve the quality of articles. I strongly recommend my fraternity to encourage JCDR by contributing their valuable research work in this widely accepted, user friendly journal. I hope my collaboration with JCDR will continue for a long time".



Dr. Arundhathi. S
MBBS, MD (Pathology),
Sanjay Gandhi institute of trauma and orthopedics,
Bengaluru.
On Aug 2018




Dr. Mamta Gupta,
"It gives me great pleasure to be associated with JCDR, since last 2-3 years. Since then I have authored, co-authored and reviewed about 25 articles in JCDR. I thank JCDR for giving me an opportunity to improve my own skills as an author and a reviewer.
It 's a multispecialty journal, publishing high quality articles. It gives a platform to the authors to publish their research work which can be available for everyone across the globe to read. The best thing about JCDR is that the full articles of all medical specialties are available as pdf/html for reading free of cost or without institutional subscription, which is not there for other journals. For those who have problem in writing manuscript or do statistical work, JCDR comes for their rescue.
The journal has a monthly publication and the articles are published quite fast. In time compared to other journals. The on-line first publication is also a great advantage and facility to review one's own articles before going to print. The response to any query and permission if required, is quite fast; this is quite commendable. I have a very good experience about seeking quick permission for quoting a photograph (Fig.) from a JCDR article for my chapter authored in an E book. I never thought it would be so easy. No hassles.
Reviewing articles is no less a pain staking process and requires in depth perception, knowledge about the topic for review. It requires time and concentration, yet I enjoy doing it. The JCDR website especially for the reviewers is quite user friendly. My suggestions for improving the journal is, more strict review process, so that only high quality articles are published. I find a a good number of articles in Obst. Gynae, hence, a new journal for this specialty titled JCDR-OG can be started. May be a bimonthly or quarterly publication to begin with. Only selected articles should find a place in it.
An yearly reward for the best article authored can also incentivize the authors. Though the process of finding the best article will be not be very easy. I do not know how reviewing process can be improved. If an article is being reviewed by two reviewers, then opinion of one can be communicated to the other or the final opinion of the editor can be communicated to the reviewer if requested for. This will help one’s reviewing skills.
My best wishes to Dr. Hemant Jain and all the editorial staff of JCDR for their untiring efforts to bring out this journal. I strongly recommend medical fraternity to publish their valuable research work in this esteemed journal, JCDR".



Dr. Mamta Gupta
Consultant
(Ex HOD Obs &Gynae, Hindu Rao Hospital and associated NDMC Medical College, Delhi)
Aug 2018




Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ghritlaharey

"I wish to thank Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), for asking me to write up few words.
Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium i e; into the words and sentences on paper. Quality medical manuscript writing in particular, demands not only a high-quality research, but also requires accurate and concise communication of findings and conclusions, with adherence to particular journal guidelines. In medical field whether working in teaching, private, or in corporate institution, everyone wants to excel in his / her own field and get recognised by making manuscripts publication.


Authors are the souls of any journal, and deserve much respect. To publish a journal manuscripts are needed from authors. Authors have a great responsibility for producing facts of their work in terms of number and results truthfully and an individual honesty is expected from authors in this regards. Both ways its true "No authors-No manuscripts-No journals" and "No journals–No manuscripts–No authors". Reviewing a manuscript is also a very responsible and important task of any peer-reviewed journal and to be taken seriously. It needs knowledge on the subject, sincerity, honesty and determination. Although the process of reviewing a manuscript is a time consuming task butit is expected to give one's best remarks within the time frame of the journal.
Salient features of the JCDR: It is a biomedical, multidisciplinary (including all medical and dental specialities), e-journal, with wide scope and extensive author support. At the same time, a free text of manuscript is available in HTML and PDF format. There is fast growing authorship and readership with JCDR as this can be judged by the number of articles published in it i e; in Feb 2007 of its first issue, it contained 5 articles only, and now in its recent volume published in April 2011, it contained 67 manuscripts. This e-journal is fulfilling the commitments and objectives sincerely, (as stated by Editor-in-chief in his preface to first edition) i e; to encourage physicians through the internet, especially from the developing countries who witness a spectrum of disease and acquire a wealth of knowledge to publish their experiences to benefit the medical community in patients care. I also feel that many of us have work of substance, newer ideas, adequate clinical materials but poor in medical writing and hesitation to submit the work and need help. JCDR provides authors help in this regards.
Timely publication of journal: Publication of manuscripts and bringing out the issue in time is one of the positive aspects of JCDR and is possible with strong support team in terms of peer reviewers, proof reading, language check, computer operators, etc. This is one of the great reasons for authors to submit their work with JCDR. Another best part of JCDR is "Online first Publications" facilities available for the authors. This facility not only provides the prompt publications of the manuscripts but at the same time also early availability of the manuscripts for the readers.
Indexation and online availability: Indexation transforms the journal in some sense from its local ownership to the worldwide professional community and to the public.JCDR is indexed with Embase & EMbiology, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, Chemical Abstracts Service, Journal seek Database, Indian Science Abstracts, to name few of them. Manuscriptspublished in JCDR are available on major search engines ie; google, yahoo, msn.
In the era of fast growing newer technologies, and in computer and internet friendly environment the manuscripts preparation, submission, review, revision, etc and all can be done and checked with a click from all corer of the world, at any time. Of course there is always a scope for improvement in every field and none is perfect. To progress, one needs to identify the areas of one's weakness and to strengthen them.
It is well said that "happy beginning is half done" and it fits perfectly with JCDR. It has grown considerably and I feel it has already grown up from its infancy to adolescence, achieving the status of standard online e-journal form Indian continent since its inception in Feb 2007. This had been made possible due to the efforts and the hard work put in it. The way the JCDR is improving with every new volume, with good quality original manuscripts, makes it a quality journal for readers. I must thank and congratulate Dr Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief JCDR and his team for their sincere efforts, dedication, and determination for making JCDR a fast growing journal.
Every one of us: authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher are responsible for enhancing the stature of the journal. I wish for a great success for JCDR."



Thanking you
With sincere regards
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ghritlaharey, M.S., M. Ch., FAIS
Associate Professor,
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Gandhi Medical College & Associated
Kamla Nehru & Hamidia Hospitals Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462 001 (India)
E-mail: drrajendrak1@rediffmail.com
On May 11,2011




Dr. Shankar P.R.

"On looking back through my Gmail archives after being requested by the journal to write a short editorial about my experiences of publishing with the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), I came across an e-mail from Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor, in March 2007, which introduced the new electronic journal. The main features of the journal which were outlined in the e-mail were extensive author support, cash rewards, the peer review process, and other salient features of the journal.
Over a span of over four years, we (I and my colleagues) have published around 25 articles in the journal. In this editorial, I plan to briefly discuss my experiences of publishing with JCDR and the strengths of the journal and to finally address the areas for improvement.
My experiences of publishing with JCDR: Overall, my experiences of publishing withJCDR have been positive. The best point about the journal is that it responds to queries from the author. This may seem to be simple and not too much to ask for, but unfortunately, many journals in the subcontinent and from many developing countries do not respond or they respond with a long delay to the queries from the authors 1. The reasons could be many, including lack of optimal secretarial and other support. Another problem with many journals is the slowness of the review process. Editorial processing and peer review can take anywhere between a year to two years with some journals. Also, some journals do not keep the contributors informed about the progress of the review process. Due to the long review process, the articles can lose their relevance and topicality. A major benefit with JCDR is the timeliness and promptness of its response. In Dr Jain's e-mail which was sent to me in 2007, before the introduction of the Pre-publishing system, he had stated that he had received my submission and that he would get back to me within seven days and he did!
Most of the manuscripts are published within 3 to 4 months of their submission if they are found to be suitable after the review process. JCDR is published bimonthly and the accepted articles were usually published in the next issue. Recently, due to the increased volume of the submissions, the review process has become slower and it ?? Section can take from 4 to 6 months for the articles to be reviewed. The journal has an extensive author support system and it has recently introduced a paid expedited review process. The journal also mentions the average time for processing the manuscript under different submission systems - regular submission and expedited review.
Strengths of the journal: The journal has an online first facility in which the accepted manuscripts may be published on the website before being included in a regular issue of the journal. This cuts down the time between their acceptance and the publication. The journal is indexed in many databases, though not in PubMed. The editorial board should now take steps to index the journal in PubMed. The journal has a system of notifying readers through e-mail when a new issue is released. Also, the articles are available in both the HTML and the PDF formats. I especially like the new and colorful page format of the journal. Also, the access statistics of the articles are available. The prepublication and the manuscript tracking system are also helpful for the authors.
Areas for improvement: In certain cases, I felt that the peer review process of the manuscripts was not up to international standards and that it should be strengthened. Also, the number of manuscripts in an issue is high and it may be difficult for readers to go through all of them. The journal can consider tightening of the peer review process and increasing the quality standards for the acceptance of the manuscripts. I faced occasional problems with the online manuscript submission (Pre-publishing) system, which have to be addressed.
Overall, the publishing process with JCDR has been smooth, quick and relatively hassle free and I can recommend other authors to consider the journal as an outlet for their work."



Dr. P. Ravi Shankar
KIST Medical College, P.O. Box 14142, Kathmandu, Nepal.
E-mail: ravi.dr.shankar@gmail.com
On April 2011
Anuradha

Dear team JCDR, I would like to thank you for the very professional and polite service provided by everyone at JCDR. While i have been in the field of writing and editing for sometime, this has been my first attempt in publishing a scientific paper.Thank you for hand-holding me through the process.


Dr. Anuradha
E-mail: anuradha2nittur@gmail.com
On Jan 2020

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Year : 2009 | Month : June | Volume : 3 | Issue : 3 | Page : 1603 - 1607

Creative Writing and Medical Education

SHANKAR PR

Dr. P. Ravi Shankar Department of Medical Education KIST Medical College Lalitpur, (Nepal).

Correspondence Address :
Dr. P. Ravi Shankar,
KIST Medical College,
P.O. Box 14142 Kathmandu, (Nepal)
Phone: 9771-5201680 Fax: 9771-5201496
E-mail: ravi.dr.shankar@gmail.com

There can be a number of advantages of familiarity with and skill in creative writing, to medical educators. In the article, the author briefly reviews the initiatives in creative writing and medical education and describes how creative writing has helped him become a better medical educator. The article ends with possible advantages of creative writing to medical educators.

I am a clinical pharmacologist and a medical educator. At present, I work at the KIST Medical College, Imadol, Lalitpur, a new medical school in the Kathmandu valley. I am keenly interested in promoting more rational use of medicines and training medical students to use essential medicines rationally. My research interests are small group, activity-based teaching, Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance and Pharmaceutical care services among others.

I am also a keen trekker and often trek in the mountains of Nepal. I am interested in photography and a SLR camera is a constant feature during my treks. Creative writing is one of my passions and I write essays, short stories, poems and travelogues. I have written short stories during my school and college days which have been published in various school and college magazines. I also write travelogues for various newspapers and magazines. My poems have been published in international medical journals like the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ). Articles dealing with non-medical topics and medical issues from a non-medical viewpoint have also been published. An article describing my experience of conducting high altitude research in the Himalayas was published recently in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) (1). I write on medical issues targeted at a general audience for Nepalese newspapers and magazines.

In this article, I plan to briefly review creative writing and medical education programs and explore how creative writing has helped me to be a more effective medical educator and to look at possible relationships between creative writing and medical education.

Creative Writing and Medical Education
Narrative approaches to medical education are becoming important in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and also in other countries (2). In Australia, training in creative writing was offered to general practitioners (GPs) and medical educators by the North Coast GP Training and Southern Cross University (2). In general, the respondents were very much satisfied with the workshops. The participants felt that they could write about problems faced by them during their practice and share their experiences with others. The workshop gave them a fresh view on their profession (2). Intuition is a decision making process used by experienced practitioners and uses clinical hunches for diagnosis and decision making. Intuitive powers can be improved by creative writing and dialogues with professional colleagues (3). The author recommends that it is time to revive and celebrate clinical story telling as a method of professional development. An author has looked in detail at various western medical men who were also writers over the ages (4). The compilation makes for interesting reading and among the many names were Sir Thomas Browne, Locke, Holmes, John Brown, Osler, Oliver Goldsmith, John Keats, Anton Chekov and Arthur Conan Doyle.

An intensive writing workshop was held for Internal Medicine residents in a medical school in the United States (US). The workshop served as a creative outlet from the rigors of medicine, created a sense of community among the participants and increased self-awareness and awareness about the patient’s lives (5). The authors suggest that teaching creative writing may deepen the interaction with peers and patients, improve writing skills and increase interest in writing and the residency program. Non-medical writing by surgeons is usually in the form of creative non fiction on moving and emotionally charged situations or experiences with individual patients (6). The author states that such writing is creative and cathartic for neurosurgeons and can help to educate patients. Creative writing can be used for reflection into patient care and social and other perspectives of medicine. The authors of a recent article listed two phases in creative writing (7). In the first phase, the author sits alone and introspects into various aspects of medical practice. This helps him/her reclaim a personal voice, identify the patients’ voice, balance contrasting perspectives and respond to the emotional aspect of patient care (7). The second phase of reading and group discussion is communal and acknowledges vulnerability, risk taking and self-disclosure. Professional development, patient care and the wellbeing of practitioners can be improved through creative and reflective writing.

An expert in creative writing believes that literary texts offer doctors a chance to let in the life world of their patients and that the acts of reading and healing are intertwined (8). Literature assists doctors to connect to the world of their patients and develops empathy and the habit of reflection among them (8). In a recent article, an author described how medical charts only cover a very narrow dimension of the doctor-patient encounter (9). Emotions, doubts and uncertainties on the part of both patients and the doctors are not described in the medical chart. Medical Humanities uses disciplines traditionally known as the arts (humanities) like literature, arts, creative writing, drama, film, music etc. in pursuit of medical educational goals (10). Literature can enrich the thought processes of doctors and provide a wealth of concepts. They can develop the doctor’s moral sense, increase empathy and compassion and even increase clinical acumen.11 The practice of medicine in other times and in other locations can be understood and the habit of reflection among doctors promoted (12). Medical Humanities programs are at present conducted in many countries all over the world. The University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine started a literature and medicine elective in 1997 (13). The program emphasizes a small-group interdisciplinary learning and the learners use creative projects to reflect on patients and themselves (13). In Nova Scotia, Canadian medical humanities include medical history, literature, music, art, multiculturalism, philosophy, epistemology, writing, story telling, health law and ethics, offering a very broad concept of the subject (14).

Creative and Scientific Writing
These days, publication and research are becoming important for medical teachers even in Nepal and an obvious link can be made between creative writing and scientific writing and research. Creative writing has helped me in visualizing more clearly what I plan to write and in linking ideas, concepts and sentences together to form a coherent whole. I find it easier to think and write clearly, concisely and coherently as compared to many of my colleagues. Also, I do most of my creative writing in English and familiarity with the language helps me in scientific writing and in ensuring that what I write makes sense.

Creative Writing and Constructing a Clinical Scenario
I and my colleagues had conducted problem-stimulated small group learning sessions in Pharmacology at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences (MCOMS), Pokhara, Nepal (15),(16) and continue to use the same teaching-learning methodology at KIST Medical College (KISTMC), Lalitpur. A clinical problem or scenario is used to guide student learning. The clinical problem or scenario sets the boundaries of and guides student learning. I believe that the scenarios should be relevant to the context of Nepal and should introduce students to Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics in a Nepalese context. I and my colleagues have been constructing and using these scenarios for over six years now. With a background in creative writing, I find constructing interesting scenarios and problems which reflect drug use in a Nepalese context easier and the scenarios read better and reflect the ground realties.

Adding Interest
I share with students, photographs of various areas that I have trekked in and interesting experiences during my lecture classes and other presentations. I believe that the judicious use of these photographs makes my presentations more interesting. In both MCOMS and KISTMC, the students bring out a wall magazine periodically and also a yearly magazine. I am a frequent contributor of articles along with photographs to both types of magazines. I believe I have been reasonably successful in creating interest among students about the wonderful mountain regions of Nepal. At MCOMS, students had accompanied me and other faculty members on treks during holidays and had a wonderful time exploring nature in all its glory.

Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal
Students, mainly from the Institute of Medicine (IoM), with a few others from other medical schools, have started the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN). Members spend time doing various research projects in the Himalayas and also volunteering at two aid posts set up by the Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche in the Everest region and Manang in the Annapurna region. I have been lucky to have participated in two research projects and am able to share with students, my experience of teaching trekkers about various illnesses associated with altitude and of treating those who developed problems in the remote region. MMSN also publishes a Newsletter and I frequently contribute. MMSN is a wonderful concept where Nepalese medical students gain experience in working in remote areas, at high altitude, do research and also enjoy themselves. I think the society should have branches in all the medical schools of the country.

Medical Humanities
Since the last two years, I have been keenly interested in the Medical Humanities and the interrelationship between art and medicine. I had conducted a voluntary module for medical students at MCOMS (17) and am presently conducting a module for first year medical students at KISTMC. We have been trying our best to make learning interesting and fun. Case scenarios, group activities, role plays, paintings, music, debates and brain storming sessions have been used to explore various aspects of the Medical Humanities. I have found my creative writing skills useful in constructing interesting and informative case scenarios, in selecting paintings and in planning the activities. At MCOMS, I had used literature excerpts in the MH module and my familiarity with creative writing was useful in selecting excerpts.

Familiarity with creative writing also helps the teacher use newer and more creative methods of teaching-learning. At MCOMS, we had mainly concentrated on problem-stimulated learning in the practical class. At KISTMC, we are also trying to make large group teaching more interesting and interactive. Student activities, questions and student feedback are all being used in structured large group sessions.

Thus familiarity with and exposure to creative writing may be of help to medical educators in a number of ways. (Table/Fig 1) describes this in detail.

My familiarity with creative writing was of great help to me in writing research papers, constructing scenarios for problem-stimulated sessions in Clinical pharmacology, using photographs and personal experiences to make presentations more interesting, involving in and writing about the various activities of the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN) and in designing and conducting a Medical Humanities module for medical students in Nepal. Thus, creative writing has helped me in many aspects of medical education and has helped me become a more effective medical educator. I think the link between creative writing, extracurricular pursuits and medical education is interesting and other medical educators should share their experiences on this topic.



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