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To the Editor. —
At many medical meetings, presentations are evaluated by the participants, who judge their quality and appropriateness. Feedback is then provided to the presenters. There is, however, nothing in the medical, scientific, or even education literature comparing this audience evaluation of an actual presentation with the reviewer's evaluation of the submitted paper. Is peer review worth the effort it takes by both program planners and reviewers?
A "Call for Papers" was sent to 469 family medicine educators in March 1988 for the Eighth Annual Rocky Mountain and Western Regional Meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. All who received the "Call for Papers" were solicited to be reviewers; 26 individuals offered to participate in this capacity. Each paper was reviewed in a blinded fashion by two reviewers who were neither in the same geographic location as each other nor in the same institution
Taylor AD, Wall EM. Peer Review of Papers for Presentation at Meetings. JAMA. 1990;264(24):3143–3144. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450240045021
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