Academic Medicine “Last Pages”, Conducting Research in Health Professions Education: From Idea to Publication
The Last Pages are organized around the before, during, and after stages of an educational research study. As anyone who has completed at least one study can attest, much of the work of conducting an empirical investigation—particularly the research team’s most difficult, cognitive work—occurs long before the first participant is ever enrolled. As such, it is no accident that the before section of this collection contains the bulk of the LPs. For it is the study’s design and planning stage where researchers often spend the most time thinking about their research question(s), considering conceptual frameworks, and obtaining ethical approval, to name just a few of the important before activities. Once this foundation has been built, the
remaining activities frequently run more smoothly. This is not too say that the during and after stages are easy. They,
too, take considerable time and effort, particularly the final acts of writing and rewriting the manuscript. I believe, however, that if the before stage is done well, the remaining two stages have a tendency to fall into place.