2022 Call for Editorial Fellows

The AMA Journal of Ethics® is a peer-reviewed journal that exists to help students and clinicians navigate ethical decisions in service to patients and society by offering cases and commentary; policy, history, law, art, and education discussions; journal-based, audio, and video CME; podcasts; visuals; and more. The journal is free to everyone everywhere.


We invite medical or osteopathic students and trainees in US-based programs that are LCME- or COCA-accredited (for undergraduate schools) or ACGME- or AOA-accredited (for graduate training) to apply to work as AMA Journal of Ethics Fellows to generate monthly issues to be published in 2024.

Medical or osteopathic students, resident physicians, and fellows may submit an application by themselves or with one other person, who could be a US-based student or trainee in a health professions, graduate, or professional degree program relevant to health care ethics and policy.


To apply, please do the following:

  1. Propose a title that describes a theme and characterizes a set of ethical issues to explore in an issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics. Please explain why this theme is interesting, important, complex, or neglected in the peer-reviewed bioethics literature.
  2. Identify a faculty mentor who agrees to help you (and your co-applicant) build a theme issue with the journal. Briefly address your plan to work closely with AMA Journal of Ethics editorial staff to generate ideas, solicit contributors, and synthesize the theme issue according to content development and production deadlines.
  3. Briefly describe how your theme issue will explore the following:

    1. 3 case narratives with questions an expert will write about in a commentary
    2. 1 policy question
    3. 1 social, cultural, anthropological question
    4. 1 history question
    5. 1 state of the art science question
    6. 1 health professions education question

    Descriptions of more AMA Journal of Ethics manuscript types can be found in the instructions for authors. Typically, each theme issue will contain eight manuscripts by experts you solicit. Solicited manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Unsolicited manuscripts submitted in response to a Call for Papers for your theme issue will also be considered for peer-review.

  4. Describe how you will help secure visual assets for and publicize your theme issue. Fellows work closely with the journal’s editorial staff and marketing specialist during all content development and production phases.
  5. Attend the entire working conference, held virtually or in-person (at AMA Headquarters in Chicago) on the first Monday and Tuesday in February each year (6-7 February 2023) with selected Fellows for the 2024 production calendar. (Reasonable expenses for participation and travel are covered by the AMA Journal of Ethics.)

How to Apply?

Send a single PDF attachment, with your last name only as the file name to Mr. Kelly Shaw ([email protected]). This single PDF must contain a one-page curriculum vitae summary for each applicant or co-applicant that includes contact information and a proposal (750-word maximum, not including references) articulating responses to 1-5 above.

Please note that everything you want us to consider as part of an application must be in this PDF attachment, not in the text of an email message. Submissions must be received by 5pm central time, as marked by email time stamp when received by the AMA Journal of Ethics, on Wednesday 5 October 2022. Applicants who have waited until 4:55, for example, to submit have occasionally been disappointed, due to transmission delays, so please plan accordingly. Applications not meeting content criteria and word count maximum will not be reviewed.


Preference will be given to proposals on innovative, interesting, important issues of ethical complexity in health care and health policy and the importance of preparing current and future clinicians to address these issues.

We are particularly interested in exploring the following, though proposals need not be limited to these topics: Clinical entrepreneurship, rural EMS volunteer service quality and equity, private equity funding stream ethics in health care, nature and scope of public bioethics, nonhuman animal costs of vaccine development, roles of clinicians in autopsy forensics for state- or municipal custody deaths, death science ambiguity, forensic autopsy privatization, allopathic and occidental clinical acupuncture training and practice, health influences of poor legal representation, health care and architectural design, music and soundscape in health care, innovations in health equity research, intersections of medicine and epidemiology, ethical issues emerging from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, green space health ethics, solastalgia, sleep deprivation as a public health crisis, and public sanitation as critical health care infrastructure.

Upon successful completion of all duties, Editorial Fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 (or split with co-Fellow).