AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

2015 Call for Issue Editors

The AMA Journal of Ethics (JOE) is the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal. Its mission is to promote the ethical and professional development of tomorrow's physicians, and its primary target audiences are medical students, residents, other physicians, and medical educators. JOE is MEDLINE indexed and accepts papers for peer review.

We invite medical students and resident physicians who are AMA members to apply to serve as theme issue editors. If you are not yet an AMA medical student or resident physician member and would like to join, you can do so at http://www.ama-assn.org/go/join.

With help from JOE staff editors, each theme issue editor undertakes responsibility for: (1) selecting a theme for one issue and defining the ethical and professionalism concerns related to that theme, (2) generating case narratives that provide opportunities for examining those concerns in clinical and educational contexts, (3) identifying, securing, and corresponding with contributors to the issue, (4) editing copy and reviewing page proofs before the issue goes live on the first working day of the month. These tasks will be accomplished at each editor's "home" location. Once selected, each medical student or resident physician editor will identify a faculty member to serve as his or her advisor during the development of the issue and solicitation of authors. These faculty editors will not be responsible for corresponding with authors, reading and editing drafts, or reviewing page proofs.

Theme issue editors, selected in December, will be flown to Chicago to meet with JOE staff in February 2016. Editors selected in December will edit issues of JOE from October 2016 through September 2017. Each theme issue editor receives a $2,000 stipend.

Experience in editing or journalism is desirable. The abilities to critique an argument or article, work well with authors, and meet deadlines are essential. To apply, send a short letter stating your current medical student or resident program status and your reason for wishing to be a theme issue editor for JOE. Attach to the letter the following:

1. A curriculum vitae
2. A writing sample of not more than 1,000 words
3. Your response to the following exercise in 800 words or fewer. JOE is planning an issue that examines ethical concerns in evidence-based medicine. Given JOE's mission and primary target audiences, what ethical and professionalism concerns specific to this topic are relevant to medical students, resident physicians, and medical educators? Develop the outline of an issue, based on JOE’s table of contents. For example, think of two or three case scenarios that pose ethical dilemmas for a physician either in a clinical setting, an educational encounter with a student or resident, or in deciding a medical practice issue with a practice partner or hospital administration. An article in the state-of-the-art-and-science section should explain the ethical implications of a cutting-edge development in evidence-based medicine. For the policy forum section, examine an existing or proposed policy (e.g., governmental, professional, hospital) that relates to evidence-based medicine. For the section we call “in the literature,” identify a seminal article in the evidence-based medicine literature that could be summarized and discussed for the benefit of those new to the field. Does evidence-based medicine have wider social implications that could be the focus of an article for the medicine and society section? The second-thoughts section is a place to offer a less familiar or less well-accepted point of view on evidence-based medicine. Be as complete and specific as possible in your reply to this part of the application, addressing as many sections of JOE’s regular contents as you can. The exercise is our best indicator of how you would approach your editing responsibilities.

Save your letter of application and attachments in a PDF that has your name as its title and send it by e-mail to: Kelly Shaw (kelly.shaw@ama-assn.org). The deadline for applications is midnight CST on November 15, 2015.

Theme Issue Editor Bios