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Medical Education


Case reports play an essential role in the dissemination of knowledge in medicine. A published case is typically an unusual or unexpected presentation in which the outcomes, clinical course, and prognosis are linked to a literature review in order to place the case into the appropriate context. Case reports are a good option for new writers to generate scholarly output. This article can serve as a template for writing a case report, which includes instructions for creating the abstract and crafting the body of the case report—introduction, case presentation, and discussion. Instructions for writing an effective cover letter to the journal editor are also provided as well as a checklist to help authors prepare their case reports for submission.