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STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism

This fellowship program for new faculty members will provide a 1-year experience in medical journalism with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine. Fellows, after completion of this program, will significantly improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers; these basic scholarly skills will make them better teachers and leaders. The fellowship year will mirror the academic year and will begin in June of each year and complete the following July.

Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Participate in weekly conference calls with the journal’s editorial team
  • Participate in the editorial review process under the supervision of the editor
  • Assist the editor in selecting content for each of the 10 journal issues created during the fellowship year
  • Work in the role of assistant editor for at least 20 papers with support and mentoring from the editorial team
  • Attend the journal’s editorial board meeting (held at the 2018 STFM Annual Spring Conference) toward the end of their fellowship year at their own expense
  • Visit the journal’s editorial office at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) at least once during the fellowship year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a faculty member in a department of family medicine or family medicine residency
  • Applicant must be an active STFM member
  • Preference will be given to those with writing and reviewing experience.

Fellowship Outcomes

After completion of the fellowship, a fellow will:

  • Understand the process of manuscript submission and become expert in using the journal’s editorial software system
  • Learn about the initial editorial review process for newly submitted papers and work with the editorial team to review at least 50 such papers
  • Understand the peer review process and develop skills in selecting and interacting with peer reviewers
  • Understand how to create professional decision letters to authors
  • Understand the process of issue layout and the work of the publishing team
  • Learn to assess letters to the editor
  • Describe core ethical principles that should guide the operation of medical and professional journals
  • Define the characteristics of well-written research papers and the principles of evaluating these papers
  • Describe the characteristics of well-written narrative essays and discuss the role these papers play in scientific journals
  • Develop improved skills in medical writing


Round-trip coach airfare and lodging will be provided to the selected fellow to visit the editorial office in Oregon.

Other travel costs associated with the fellowship will be the responsibility of the fellow or the fellow’s home program. The journal’s editorial and publishing teams will donate their time and effort at no additional cost to STFM or the fellow.

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants for the fellowship should email the following materials to Traci Nolte by the extended deadline of March 30, 2018 to be considered:

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Personal statement of Interest (max 350 words) including how you will use this fellowship to advance your career and/or impact your program/department.
  • Letter of support from your home institution
  • A sample of your writing (ie a manuscript that you have submitted or published. Draft manuscripts will  NOT be circulated and will only be used to assess writing style and interests. Writing sample should demonstrate an understanding of research methodology)

Applicants will be screened by the STFM Communications Committee. The committee will evaluate applicants based on their curriculum vitae and personal statements outlining why the candidate is interested in the fellowship. Interviews may be conducted at the committee’s discretion. The Family Medicine Editorial Team will make the final decision.

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