FPIN Editorial Planning Capacity Policy

Approval to become an HelpDesk Answer Writing Site

FPIN ardently dedicates itself to quality improvement. Due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to the wide variability in the quality of submissions, inconsistent production, current editorial capacity, our commitment to improving production time, and our desire to increase the rigor to meet MEDLINE standards, FPIN programs will now need to be “approved” to write for the HelpDesk Answers project effective for the 2019/2020 academic year. This quality initiative is certain to benefit all members over time.

Existing FPIN programs will be automatically "approved" unless TWO of the following criteria are identified:
  • No HelpDesk Answers in process, as of July 1, 2019.
  • Publication success percentage is 75% or less. (Manuscripts published vs. how many were withdrawn for missed deadlines or rejected for quality issues over the last 4 years.)
  • Less than 3 HelpDesk Answers over the last 4 years.  
Programs that meet two of the aforementioned criteria will be invited to write for GEMs (FPIN’s new, entry level peer-reviewed publication opportunity) or may apply to write for HelpDesk Answers by submitting our HDA SITE APPROVAL FORM HERE. A response can be expected within 4 business days.  Approval will be based on faculty experience, residency program goals, current editorial capacity, and historical performance with FPIN, etc.


HelpDesk Answer Capacity Limits

Effective for the 2019/2020 academic year all programs “approved” to write for the HelpDesk Answers project will have foundational capacity limits.  The calculation will be standardized for all programs. It can be figured by taking the PGY2 class size (according to ACGME accreditation status), dividing it by 3, and rounding up. (Example – If a program’s size is 5/5/5, then they would have the ability to write 2 HelpDesk Answers). This number will allow every program to write HelpDesk Answers with one class of residents with their faculty in writing groups and directly help to meet ACGME requirements for both faculty and residents.

Programs may apply to increase their foundational capacity limits each year. FPIN will make every effort to accommodate our program’s requests.  However, the application criteria for increasing a program’s foundational capacity limits will ultimately be based on the following criteria: historical Local Editor Involvement, MET review scores, ability to meet deadlines, current editorial capacity, residency program goals, etc. Programs that want to increase their foundational capacity limits can submit HDA SITE CAPACITY INCREASE APPROVAL FORM HERE. A response can be expected within 4 business days.