Letters to the Editor
This department features brief comments on articles published in JFP that would be of interest to readers. Letters selected for publication that comment on published articles will be forwarded to authors. Short manuscripts that do not contain tables or figures may be submitted via E-mail to email@example.com.
Photo Rounds presents case studies via photographs, and challenges clinicians to make a diagnosis based on the information given. A Photo Rounds article is presented in 2 parts: the opening page gives background on the case (in 150-200 words) and 1-3 photographs (including radiographs, MRIs, or other images) of the patient. The second part of the article provides the authors’ diagnosis, the differential diagnosis, and further information on testing and treatment (500-700 words). (See template below.)
Multiple images may be submitted and interesting connections between these images may be highlighted. High resolution jpeg images sent by email are preferred. Do not rely on images embedded in a Word document .
All materials should be submitted to: Richard Usatine, MD;
USE TITLE THAT DOES NOT TELL THE DIAGNOSIS
Presentation and history
2 photographs with legends for photographs
Ask questions of the reader, such as: What is your diagnosis? How would you manage this condition?
Diagnosis: Give the answer and explain how the diagnosis was made.
Differential diagnosis: Give a short list and explain how to distinguish each from the real diagnosis.
Epidemiology and pathophysiology: Preferred but not required.
How to make the diagnosis: History and PE findings.
Laboratory tests: Optional.
Management: Use evidence-based medicine and Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (see below).
The patient’s treatment and outcome.
References (typically 5 - 6 of the most important references). References must be numbered in the order in which they appear within the document. (Do not alphabetize the references.)
Please cite strength of recommendation for management using Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT):
A. Recommendation based on consistent and good-quality patient-oriented evidence.
B. Recommendation based on inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence.
C. Recommendation based on consensus, usual practice, opinion, disease-oriented evidence, or case series.
Observations from Practice
This department is for short articles that do not fit any of JFP’s other departments—unusual case studies or treatment, interesting stories from your practice, etc. The articles should be from 500-1000 words, and may contain a few tables, figures, or photographs, as required. Submit Observations pieces or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Medicine Forum
This format is for short commentaries on subjects other than articles in JFP. Articles should be 500-1500 words long, and not contain any tables or figures. References should be limited to 8-10. Submit Forum pieces or ideas to email@example.com.