Collaborative Scholarship Intensive Course Sessions

One of the most acclaimed elements of the Collaborative Scholarship Intensive (CSI) course is its structured one-on-one work time that is built into each session.

Department faculty mentors who are seasoned writers are on hand to guide and instruct each participant as they improve their skills. This work time also allows participants to immediately apply what they have learned in the course.

Data set collection

Participants do not need to have a data set collected in order to enroll; existing data sets from clinical, educational, and research resources can be used as the source for writing. However, participants are welcome to use a data set they may have previously collected, but not yet published. Collaborative projects with other course participants are encouraged.

At the end of the course, participants should have at least three scholarly projects added to their curriculum vitae:


CSI session schedule and outline

Six full day sessions from 9 am to 4 pm are held on a Friday from September to February. Breakfast is included and is from 8:30 am to 9 am. Sessions are located at 717 Delaware Building, Room 105 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

See the detailed session outline

Session 1

Session 1

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Pre-course assessment
  • How to conduct a streamlined literature review
  • Organizing and managing references to facilitate efficient writing using Mendeley
  • Tour of Dinnaken Building research resources and faculty scholarship space
  • Family Physicians Inquiries Network HelpDesk Answers (FPIN HDA) writing workshop
    • Introduction to HDA and HDA writing style
    • Dissecting a clinical question, reading, appraising, and choosing the best evidence
    • Creating an evidence summary
  • Collaboration
    • Identifying and partnering with your team members
  • Work time
    • Completing HDA appraisal of evidence

Session 2

Session 2

  • FPIN HDA writing workshop: Writing evidence-based answers
  • Organizing and managing references to facilitate efficient writing
  • Types of scientific manuscripts and approaches to decide which type to pursue and when
  • Selecting the appropriate journal
  • How to dissect and refine a research question (Introduction section)
  • How to be a more efficient and productive writer
  • Work time
    • Reference management
    • Write and submit HDA
    • Identify and refine research question
    • Begin writing Introduction section

Session 3

Session 3

  • Review participants’ writing progress
  • Methods: Streamlining the steps to get things moving
  • Institutional Review Board
    • Type of application required, addressing needed information, responding to inquiries
  • Working from existing data source and identifying and refining data sets
  • Work time
    • Revising Introduction section
    • Writing Methods section

Session 4

Session 4

  • Review of participants’ writing progress
  • Data analysis: Making sense of the numbers
  • How to write a Results section
  • Data visualization: Creating effective charts and graphs
  • Work time
    • Refining writing done to date
    • Writing Results section

Session 5

Session 5

  • Review of participants’ writing progress
  • Writing the Discussion section
  • Educational research: How to capture the data that surrounds academic faculty every day
  • Pulling together the Abstract
  • Work time
    • Refining writing done to date
    • Creating the Abstract
    • Writing Discussion section

Session 6

Session 6

  • Review of participant’s writing progress
  • Responding to reviewer comments
    • Dealing with resubmissions and/or rejections 
  • Becoming a constructive peer reviewer
  • Pros and cons of pursuing funding
  • Mentoring residents and junior faculty
  • Managing online academic presence and representing scholarly work on CV
  • Work time
    • Refining and submitting manuscript