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STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism

The STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism provides one faculty member a yearlong experience with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine. Through this virtual fellowship, new faculty receive coaching and hands-on experience to improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers. The fellowship begins in June.

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 10 journal issues
  • Serve as assistant editor for at least 20 papers with support and mentoring from the editorial team
  • Visit the journal’s editorial office at Oregon Health & Science University (funded)
  • Attend the journal’s editorial board meeting at the 2019 STFM Annual Spring Conference (not funded)
  • Able to committ approximately 4 hours per week

Eligibility Criteria

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

What to Expect

During this fellowship, fellows:

  • Experience the manuscript submission process and become expert in using the journal’s editorial software system
  • Learn about the characteristics and value of of well-written research papers and narrative essays and practice evaluating submissions
  • Become part of the editorial review process for newly submitted papers Develop skills in selecting and interacting with peer reviewers
  • Learn to write professional decision letters to authors
  • Gain insight into the process of publication layout and the work of the publishing team
  • Learn about and gain an appreciation for the core ethical principles that guide the operation of medical and professional journals

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants: Email the following materials to Traci Nolte by March 30, 2018:

  • 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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