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Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, Named 2015 STFM Medical Journalism Fellow

April 14, 2015—Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, has been selected for the 2015 STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism. Her yearlong fellowship begins in June. 

Designed for new faculty, the STFM Fellowship in Medical Journalism provides a 1-year experience in medical journalism with the editorial and publishing teams at Family Medicine. Fellows improve their skills in writing, reviewing, and editing scientific papers during the fellowship; these strong scholarly skills make them better teachers and leaders. 

 “I hope to improve my own writing and editing skills, in addition to gaining skills that I can apply in my teaching and mentoring of medical students,” said Dr Simoyan. 

Dr Simoyan is an associate professor of family medicine and epidemiology at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, where she is involved in various aspects of medical education, including directing the Introduction to Psychiatry course and the integration of public health and oral health into the medical school curriculum.     

She says that one of the biggest challenges faced by scholarly journals is publishing significant research findings in a timely fashion while maintaining the quality and integrity of the publications. During her fellowship she looks forward to improving her knowledge in the dissemination of research findings and narrative writing.

“I look forward to being mentored by experts in the field of scientific writing, editing, and publishing and hope to be able to mentor others in this field in the future,” she said.

Dr Simoyan serves as co-director of the newly established TCMC/East Stroudsburg University MD/MPH program and has contributed to international public health education as a Fulbright specialist in Nigeria and an Erasmus Mundus scholar in France and the UK. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of American Medical Colleges Herbert Nickens Faculty Fellowship in 2012. She was named among the Top 25 Women in Business by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal in 2015 for her contributions to medical education and health care in the region.  

Dr Simoyan earned a dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and a medical degree from Penn State University College of Medicine. She is board certified in family medicine, addiction medicine, and dental public health.  


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