McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

New medical journal launched by McMaster students

Publication provides new voice for scientific developments and academic perspectives

Published: Sept. 16, 2003

A new scientific journal is putting a focus on future innovation in health care.

Medical students at McMaster University have published the first issue of the McMaster University Medical Journal, a student-run, peer-reviewed publication.

The journal is in keeping with the medical program's drive to cultivate and nurture innovative minds, says Orli Goldberg, the editor-in-chief and a third-year medical student.

"We want to both to celebrate the unique elements of McMaster's program and to create a forum to share creative ideas and insightful discussions."

The biannual publication will have an emphasis on evidence-based medicine, a key tenet of the medical program, as well as a focus on problem-based learning, health policy, medical ethics and how social issues impact personal health.

The first issue includes a perspective on "medical tourism"; an interview with the medical school's founder, Dr. John Evans; a review of the concept of evidence-based medicine; a look at forensic pathology as a medical career; and original research on how patients' decisions are affected by how information is presented. Almost all writers are McMaster students or faculty.

Jennifer Shapiro, the executive editor and a third-year medical student, said the journal adds breadth to the students' learning.

"The knowledge we gain will make us better leaders and advocates for the local, national, even international, communities that we'll serve."

Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said the students are to be congratulated for their initiative and leadership.

"This group of forward-thinking students have launched a journal that brings together the unique facets of McMaster health sciences: innovation, collaboration and an investment in evidence-based health care that is rooted in societal need."

He added that the journal also gives the students the opportunity to develop academic writing.

"The peer-review process can be intimidating, but it is an integral part of scholarship. These early experiences will enhance their ability to contribute to the medical community."

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