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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the author’s final published version in MedEdPublish, Volume 8, Issue 2, April 2019.

The published version is available at Copyright © Li et al.

Publication made possible in part by support from the Thomas Jefferson University + Philadelphia University Open Access Fund


Medical students often seek case reports as vehicles for academic writing opportunities, conference presentation avenues, and residency/fellowship application highlights. Here we review a case where, due to unfortunate circumstances, a student made a unique diagnosis central to proper patient clinical care, wished to write up the case subsequently, but was ultimately excluded from the final work stemming from the patient case. We review the pitfalls that occurred in the process of pursuing publication of an interesting case, the educational value of pursuing case reports for students, the necessity for strong mentorship in this process, and general principles that medical students can follow regarding case report creation to avoid being "burned".

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