The Warren Alpert School of Medicine Clinicopathological Conference (CPC)
Occurring quarterly, the CPC features case presentations that highlight the need for thorough diagnostic thinking. It also features input from Brown medical students and expert faculty discussants from the Departments of Medicine and Pathology.
Original research articles focus on results of investigations, randomized or observational. Articles must adhere to a 4000-word limit, not including abstracts or references. Reported research should contain an Abstract, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions sections. Structured Abstracts have a maximum word limit of 250 words. Examples of original research articles include retrospective cohort studies, cross-sectional studies, prospective studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized control studies, and other investigational work relevant to hospital providers. Original research articles should have no more than approximately 35 to 50 references.
Case reports highlight important, rare conditions or unusual presentations of common diseases. Case reports must adhere to a 2000-word limit, not including Case Summary (abstract) or references. Case reports should focus on presentations or treatments with educational value to hospital providers. The manuscript should contain a Summary, Background, Case Presentation, and Discussion sections. Case Presentation should include all key history, exam, lab and imaging features as well as treatment and patient course. Discussion sections should include pathophysiology and a brief review of the literature. Case reports should have no more than 15 references.
Images in Hospital Medicine
Brief reports highlighting medical images, including physical examination findings, electrocardiography, and radiographic findings. There is a 500-word limit, not including references. Any identifying information should be removed from the image. Written consent must be provided by the patient if any identifiable data is recognizable in the images. Images should have at least 300 dpi resolution. Low-resolution images will not be accepted. Labeled structures in the image(s) should be described and explained in the legend.
BJHM welcomes narrative, systematic, or scoping reviews of relevant clinical topics in Hospital Medicine. The reviews should focus on clinical practice and provide a synthesis of the available evidence. Reviews may range from 2000-to 4000 words and contain no more than 50 references, excluding abstracts. Authors may contact the Editors with specific questions regarding Review articles. Reviews may be commissioned or submitted unsolicited, although in the latter case it would be wise to reach out to the Editors before submission to ensure that a review on the same subject has not already been commissioned.
1-Minute Pearls/Pitfalls for the Clinician
1-Minute Pearls/Pitfalls provide Hospitalists with a brief, evidence and case-based update on timely, important or difficult clinical questions. Articles may consist of 1-2 questions or scenarios followed by a brief one-page answer. Articles must be less than 500 words including references (less than 5). Maximum of 2 authors.
Quality and Safety Improvement
Original research, local, national, and international QI projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives, and educational improvement work are all considered. Articles may range from 2000 to 4000 words, not including abstracts or references. Reported research should contain an Abstract, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions sections. Structured Abstracts have a maximum word limit of 250 words.
Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) corner
Manuscripts should include brief case vignette, POCUS images/findings and discussion of the findings along with brief review of the literature. Word limit is 1000 words, and there should not be more than 10 references. Images should have at least 300 dpi resolution. Low-resolution images will not be accepted. Structured abstracts are not required. Authors are encouraged to reach out to the Editors before submission.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Manuscripts may include progress reports on DEI initiatives in Hospital Medicine, observations and experiences of under-represented medicine groups, and other topics. Authors are encouraged to reach out to the Editors before submission.
Fred J. Schiffman Humanism in Medicine: Reflections
Manuscripts should include observations or reflections on humanism as it pertains to hospital care and should focus on the relationship between care providers and their patients.