Santa Maria College
Santa Maria College 


Series of Two Day Courses in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and London, UK in 2017 and 2018




  • 19th - 20th May 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  • 30th June – 1st July 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  • 30th – 31st January 2018 in London, England, UK


  • 15th – 16th September 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  • 21st – 22nd October 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  • 18th – 19th November 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria



  • 2nd – 3rd December 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  •  24th – 25th February 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria







Important Practical Writing Skills Course are available in London, UK and Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 2017 and 2018 to all Healthcare Professionals and students.


Who is it open to?


  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Midwives
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • General Practitioners/Family Physicians
  • Primary Care Staff
  • Community Health Care Staff
  • Medical Students
  • Dental Students
  • Healthcare Students
  • All other Healthcare Professionals with interest in public health




Importance of Writing Skills in Medicine and Healthcare


Undertaking scientific and clinical research is only the beginning of the scholarship of inquisition and discovery. In order for the results of research to be accessible to other professionals and have a potential effect on the greater scientific and healthcare communities, it must be written and published. Most clinical and scientific results are published in peer reviewed journals, which are those that utilise a process by which an author's peers, or experts in the content area, evaluate the manuscript. Following this review the manuscript is recommended for publication, revision or rejection. It is the high quality of this review process that makes scientific journals the primary source of new information that impacts clinical decision making and evidence-based practice. 



The task of writing a scientific paper and submitting it to a journal for publication is a time consuming and often daunting task.  Barriers to effective writing include lack of experience, poor writing habits, writing anxiety, unfamiliarity with the requirements of scholarly writing, lack of confidence in writing ability, fear of failure, and resistance to feedback.   However, the very process of writing can be a helpful tool for promoting the process of scientific thinking, and effective writing skills allow professionals to participate in broader scientific conversations. Furthermore, peer review manuscript publication systems requiring these technical writing skills can be developed and improved with practice. Having an understanding of the process and structure used to produce a peer reviewed publication will surely improve the likelihood that a submitted manuscript will result in a successful publication.  Hence clear communication of the findings of research is essential to the growth and development of science and professional practice.  Therefore there is a need to design an efficient training programme that will equip participants with the sills and techniques of writing for publication. 


What will the course cover?


The course will use various teaching and learning methods, including lectures, interactive group works, practical skills work, problem-solving approach and other teaching and learning methods. The course will include the following topics:


  • The role of scientific writing and communication in medical research and patient care
  • Basics of manuscript preparation  and  general writing tips
  • How to target the correct journal or media to disseminate your research work
  • How to accurately describe ideas, protocols, procedures, and outcomes which are the pillars of a good scientific writing
  • How to write a striking title that reflects your work
  • How to write the introduction section
  • How to write the methods section
  • How to write the results section
  • How to write the discussion section
  • How to write the conclusion section
  • How to write the references section
  • How to write the acknowledgements and disclaimers
  • How to Use figures and graphics to your advantage in scientific writing
  • How to avoid Plagiarism and inadvertent lack of citations in your writing
  • How to structure your scientific paper
  • How to draft your scientific paper
  • How to revise your scientific paper
  • Advice for Specific Language Groups
  • Legal and ethical issues in writing
  • and many more topics




How would I benefit from the course?


At the end of the course you will have an understanding of:


  • Learn or refresh your knowledge of the components of publishable manuscripts
  • Determine your writing strengths and weaknesses
  • Gain the focus needed to improve your writing skills
  • Learn to communicate your scientific ideas most effectively
  • Learn how to develop individual manuscript sections
  • Learn to assemble manuscript sections into a cohesive, clear paper
  • Learn how to effectively respond to journal reviewers and editors
  • Practice your writing skills with immediate feedback
  • Learn the Strategy to writing a paper for publication







How will my Institution benefit?


  • The international reputation of your institution increases as your staff and students successfully publishes more papers in higher ranking journals.
  • Providing scientific writing support for your staff and students will help your faculty meet this challenge.
  • Effective scientific writing can also increase grant fundraising efforts in an increasingly competitive environment.
  • Our scientific writing workshop can provide a significant return on your investment. If only one workshop attendee receives a medical research grant as a result of improved writing skills, the indirect cost return to the institution in a single year would be 10-20 times greater than the total cost of the workshop.


This very popular course series has been offered in collaboration with other educational organisations like the International Medical Publishing Group (IMPG) – and the Ideal Publishing Services(IPS) –  



Course Application Process


SMC Joint Improving Practical Clinical, Communications, Surgical and Consultations Skills: A Two Day Course


If you would like to attend any of the following courses, please complete the course interest form below.




  • 19th - 20th May 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria


  •  24th – 25th February 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgari
  • 2nd – 3rd December 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria                                                                                        
  • 18th – 19th November 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 21st – 22nd October 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 15th – 16th September 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 30th – 31st January 2018 in London, England, UK
  • 30th June – 1st July 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria




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