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October 12, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


A cutting edge scientific meeting is dependent on skilled peer reviewers to aid in the development of a rigorous and stimulating program. Selection as a peer reviewer acknowledges the professional reputation of a faculty member and helps to provide evidence to support academic advancement and promotion. However, few faculty receive training to learn how to do this important task. This workshop applies to participants from all disciplines and will focus on advancing skills to be an effective reviewer. The session will provide participants with an opportunity to gain insight into the PAS scientific abstract and workshop proposal review and selection processes as well as assist attendees in providing specific, constructive feedback to colleagues who wish to disseminate their work in this venue. After an exercise to identify common challenges in reviewing and common writing pitfalls that may preclude an abstract from being accepted, a brief didactic presentation will provide an overview of how to apply PAS reviewer instructions and scoring rubrics. The majority of the workshop will be devoted to interactive small group break-out sessions facilitated by workshop leaders during which participants will review and score de-identified and modified scientific abstract submissions and workshop proposals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to address the challenge of selecting proposals when narrative review comments are limited or too general or do not align with scoring determinations. Discussions will be summarized in a large group brainstorming activity to create tips for reviewing using the lessons learned from the exercises. Participants will leave equipped with the tools to be effective reviewers and with learning that they will be able to apply as they mentor others who are creating proposals for consideration in a peer-review process.

Learning Objectives

1. List challenges for reviewers and tips to enhance reviews of scientific abstracts and workshop proposals

2. Describe the Pediatric Academic Societies abstract and workshop proposal review and selection processes

3. Effectively review abstracts and proposals to provide specific, constructive feedback to authors and data for program planners

4. Apply lessons learned to mentor others who are creating proposal for consideration in a peer-review process


This workshop is available to those registered for an all-access pass to PAS 2021.