Using the questionnaire submission form, authors must submit questions by the deadline to be considered for inclusion in the following year’s survey.
Members submitting questions for the incoming CDIM Annual Survey are encouraged to review past CDIM Survey Data and or CDIM Survey Publications.
The CDIM Annual Survey undergoes a rigorous process of editing, piloting, and feedback to maximize future success of each section. One of the primary goals of the Survey and Scholarship Committee is to assist CDIM members in achieving educational scholarship, and we utilize the items submitted to the Annual Survey to help accomplish this goal.
If your items are accepted for inclusion in the CDIM Annual Survey, a small team of Survey and Scholarship Committee members will be assigned to work on your section, and a committee member with experience in survey research/methodology will serve as the “section lead.” The section team will provide assistance in refining your items, following up with survey nonrespondents, acquiring data, and performing an initial descriptive analysis of the data. After receiving the data from your items, the section lead will be available to help with further data analysis and drafting of a manuscript in addition to providing input on appropriate journal selection to submit for successful publication. It is the goal of the committee to publish the data from each section of the Annual Survey in a timely manner, and we expect primary authors of items to have a draft manuscript within six months of receiving their data from the Annual Survey.
Although the Annual Survey is submitted each year for exemption from full review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), AAIM Surveys staff will notify authors about any additional exemptions they might need to seek from their local IRB. Extenuating circumstances can delay the development of a manuscript in a timely manner, and the section leads are prepared to provide assistance to primary authors to help move a manuscript forward for publication. However, if a draft manuscript has not been accomplished within 12 months of receiving their survey data, then the section lead may step in as a primary author to move a manuscript towards publication.
Based on the guidance provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on authorship, the Survey and Scholarship Committee section leads would meet criteria for authorship based on their contributions to design and acquisition of data should they be involved in 1) later drafting and/or revising the manuscript; and 2) final approval of the manuscript for publication. Occasionally there may also be additional committee members who have played pivotal roles in specific sections that may also be nominated for authorship by the Survey and Scholarship Committee Chair.
Authors who submit question sections are required to digitally sign an acknowledgment of these CDIM Annual Survey Guidelines at three points, to ensure that they are aware of the expectations set for them: 1. upon submitting their section; 2. after a section is accepted for inclusion in a survey (if it is accepted), with authors having to sign the form within one week after being notified of acceptance; and 3. after their data file and summary results.