Editor's Role & Responsibilities
PEMSoft is unique
PEMSoft structure, style and format is unique amongst medical publications and PEMSoft Editors and Contributors have a special role and special responsibilities. PEMSoft uses clean, concise, uncluttered "notation" or bulleted presentations of clinically relevant information to convey essential information in the fewest possible words. Information is not duplicated. Instead, PEMSoft utilizes extensive linkage of information to deliver the equivalent of a major textbook (over 2000 pages) on any display from a large wall mount plasma to a small hand held device.
Section Editors role
Section Editor's are responsible for reviewing and updating all their Section's Topics in a two year cycle. Additionally, they will update a Topic contemporaneously if there is a major development or change in practice. Most Section Editor's co-ordinate a small team of PEMSoft Contributors that they recruit. Many Section Editors have made special contributions in addition to the traditional editing role:
Section Editor's are expected to review all their content every two years according to a schedule provided by the co-Editors-in-Chief Ron Dieckmann and Rob Pitt. Also, Section Editors should keep abreast of medical advances and developments for their assigned areas and provide Ron or Rob with a summary of any significant new developments in their Topics, for inclusion in the next version of PEMSoft. New versions are produced approximately once per month.
Quality control and evidence base
We require a high level of consistency, timeliness and quality in the content. When Editors begin review of individual Topics, it is essential to do a literature search and look at several current references (last five years) and search several databases to assure timeliness and completeness, and to build in the highest level of evidence for recommendations. In general, the best evidence exists in treatment recommendations, with less evidence for assessment and disposition recommendations. We are not asking for a determination of “level of evidence” for recommendations in this version, although we may move to that in the future.
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