University of Utah Pediatric Resident Writing Elective

Course Director Jennifer Goldman
Managing Editor/ADMIN Dale Herring
# of Weeks Available for a Block 1/2/3 weeks
Available Longitudinally yes
Maximum # of Learners per week Medical Students: 1 Residents: 2 Fellows: 2
Special Considerations Can be done remotely
Competencies Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal Skills and Comm, Practice-based Learning, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

Rotation Details

Trainees participate in developing, revising, and/or updating material for the Medical Home Portal website, which provides guidance to primary care clinicians and supports families of children with special health care needs. Examples of prior resident publications include Contraception & Menstrual Management and CBD for Neurologic Conditions in Children. Publications for the Medical Home Portal can strengthen and diversify the trainee’s curriculum vitae.


  1. Collaborate with Medical Home Portal staff on a work plan at the start and periodically review progress with the Technical Editor and Editor-in-Chief.
  2. Utilize PubMed and other media to identify clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based guidance for clinical care.
  3. After your first draft is complete, a Senior Author will give feedback and a response to their comments may be required. All clinical content goes for peer review after publication. The peer review will likely be completed outside of elective time. If you are unable to respond to review comments, another author will be asked to complete this process.


  1. Ability to adapt writing to an intended audience (e.g., primary care clinicians or families/caregivers of children with special health care needs).
  2. Self-motivation to complete tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision. 
  3. Interpretation and application of existing medical literature to online clinical education.

Required Reading or Viewing

Please watch the first two videos prior to or at the start of your elective. We no longer have an in-person meeting for this orientation, so without watching these videos, you will not be able to actively participate in the elective.

Typical Schedule

Day 1: Orientation to Portal, discussion of writing options, selection of topic, generation of work plan and outline of content, set up UBox, set up log-in to the Portal. (Some Day 1 activities may precede the start date of the elective.)
Day 2-3: Conduct lit review, write, and edit topic. Check-in with editor.
Day 4-5: Complete writing and editing;. Save completed work to Box and alert the editor. This schedule can be adjusted to accommodate additional weeks and/or longitudinal work over a year (such as during ambulatory weeks).
A senior author and reviewer will give feedback, and the response may be outside of your elective time.

Adding Medical Home Portal Publications to CV

Citing Medical Home Portal Publications

An example of the format for a Portal publication citation is:
  • Goldman J. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Educators. Medical Home Portal, University of Utah Department of Pediatrics; (2021) Accessed 2/6/2024. Diagnosis module for Rett syndrome updated June 2021.Critical information and resources for school personnel working with children who have or are suspected of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: June 2022; last update/revision: January 2024
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Jennifer Goldman, MD, MRP, FAAP