Avoid copying and pasting your text. Concise statements will grab people’s eyes and leave you more space for charts and images. Visuals grab the reader’s eye better than small-font text.
Your first clinical vignette can be a truly great experience. Although it is a lot of hard work, presenting clinical thought is a skill that you must learn. Once you do this, you might find that you have “caught the bug,” and will find yourself well on your way to a role in medical education. You might even start a larger project based on this experience.
Dr. Burger is associate program director of internal medicine residency in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and assistant dean and assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in New York City. Dr. Paesch is a comprehensive care physician in the section of hospital medicine at the University of Chicago, and assistant professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Miller is director of student programs, associate program director, residency, and associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at Tulane Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.