Matt Schorr
August 26, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) wrapped up its Summer Research Lunch & Learn series on August 21, 2019, with a presentation from Jennifer Erves, PhD, MPH, MAEd, MS, CHES about manuscript writing and publishing.

“Writers write every day,” Erves said, challenging those gathered in the MVA’s large conference room. “Have you written anything today?”


‘Everybody’s different’

Erves discussed preparation, selecting the right journal, the peer review process, and ethical issues in medical research writing. Some of the process can be relatively simple, she told the group, like finding a place to write or determining one’s own process.

“Everybody’s writing process is different,” she said. “So don’t let anyone tell you your process has to go a certain way.”

Others aspects, like determining authorship, she noted, could be more difficult.

“This can be a minefield,” she quipped.


Click here to download Erves’ complete presentation.


20 years of partnership

Erves’ presentation closed out a season-long series of Lunch & Learn sessions celebrating the MVA’s 20 years of partnership in research, community engagement and interprofessional education. They sessions were led by Meharry Medical College (MMC) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) students and staff involved in community engaged research.

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About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Founded in 1999, the Alliance bridges the institutions of Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Its mission is to enrich learning and advance clinical research in three primary areas -- community engagement, interprofessional education and research -- by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the communities they serve. Through community engagement, the Alliance serves a large community of stakeholders including surrounding universities and colleges, community organizations, faith-based outlets and community health centers. Its interprofessional education enhances students' interdisciplinary understanding and improves patient outcomes through integrated care. The research conducted provides access to experienced grant writers and materials supporting the grant application process and facilitates grant-writing workshops.