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Epi Special Seminar

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
William H. Foege Genome Sciences Building (GNOM) S060
3:30 to 4:50pm

Tips on writing scientific papers for publication


Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, is the holder of the Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. He is editor-in-chief of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Rivara served as founding director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle for 13 years, founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, and his contributions to the field of injury control have spanned 30 years.  He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Distinguished Career Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, Physician Achievement Award, and the UW School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.  Rivara is also a founding board member of the Washington State Academy of Science. He was one of the editors of WHO’s report, World Report on Child Injury.

His research interests have included the efficacy and promotion of bicycle helmets, prevention of pedestrian injuries, youth violence, the epidemiology of firearm injuries, intimate partner violence, interventions for alcohol abuse in trauma patients and the effectiveness of trauma systems in the care of pediatric and adult trauma patients. He continues as an active clinician, teacher, investigator, and advocate at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Writing seminar

Fred Rivara is the editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the oldest and highest rates pediatric journal in the country.  He will discuss lessons he has learned over the last decade as editor about writing and publishing, the common pitfalls, ways to increase success as an author, and potential ethical pitfalls of which we all should be aware.

Suggested reading:

  1. Writing for Publication in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155:1090-1092.

  2. Reporting Statistical Information in Medical Journal Articles, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157:321-324.

  3. Writing Informative abstracts of Journal Articles, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158:1086-1088.


Updated on March 30, 2011