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OPENING EDITORIAL
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

International Journal of Academic Medicine: A unified global voice for Academic Medical Community


IJAM Principal Editors, Main Editorial Office at St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Web Publication29-Dec-2015

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
IJAM Principal Editors, Main Editorial Office at St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Evans DC, Firstenberg MS, Galwankar SC, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Nanda S, O'Mara M S, Papadimos TJ, Stawicki SP. International Journal of Academic Medicine: A unified global voice for Academic Medical Community. Int J Acad Med 2015;1:1-2

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Evans DC, Firstenberg MS, Galwankar SC, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Nanda S, O'Mara M S, Papadimos TJ, Stawicki SP. International Journal of Academic Medicine: A unified global voice for Academic Medical Community. Int J Acad Med [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Jul 16];1:1-2. Available from: http://www.ijam-web.org/text.asp?2015/1/1/1/172702

Dear Readers of the International Journal of Academic Medicine,

The noble discipline of academic medicine is facing an unprecedented global transition and turbulence. Dealing with increasing number of competing priorities, including various demographic, financial, economic, and political pressures, today's academicians are often torn between the parallel realms of patient care, administrative and teaching duties, and scholarly activity requirements.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] Despite its critical importance to the growth and development of new physicians and other healthcare professionals, the academic medical community continues to lack a unified, global voice—an outlet where medical education professionals can freely exchange their experiences and ideas in a peer-reviewed environment with global presence. The Editorial Board of the International Journal of Academic Medicine (IJAM) identified this acute area of need as a unique opportunity.

As Hippocrates once said, “…our art is long, life is short, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, and judgment difficult…”[7] Here at IJAM, we realize that the “…highest form of human excellence is to question oneself, and others,”[8] and understand that “…education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”[9] We wish to provide a platform where you (our colleagues and students) can, “…employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily from what others have labored hard for.”[10] We hope that although we cannot teach you anything, we can make you think, and in so doing you will realize that average minds discuss events while great minds discuss ideas.[11] This is the legacy we wish to leave through our efforts at IJAM.

Among the steps, we, as Principal Editors of IJAM, have taken is the incorporation of core competencies [12] into each submission's editorial and review process. In effect, every article published in IJAM will be required to feature a complete listing of all core competencies it addresses—practice-based learning and improvement, patient care, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, medical knowledge, and systems-based practice.[13] This requirement will help enforce our mission as the premier academic medicine journal and will reinforce the importance of core competencies at the global level. One must remember that it is competence chiefly that allows us to succeed in life and medicine alike. It is true that the incompetent are generally blissfully unaware of their incompetence, and it is our task as educators and peers to bring those we mentor out of the shadow of their unawareness.[14] Only through open, clear discourse is the achievement of such goal possible. Even the supremely competent individual can fail when they assume that all those around them do not need to be raised to another level.[15] Wisdom that is not passed on fades when its source is no longer able to sustain, maintain, and share it. It is our hope to be a forum for the dissemination of accumulated wisdom and to do that in both an open and a nurturing fashion. Only then can we be sure that our competence passes beyond ourselves.[16]

We also aim to be more inclusive, to embrace a greater diversity of opinions, and be open to voices from all institutions where medical education, whether graduate or postgraduate, is a part of the cultural fabric. Traditionally, large university-based hospitals have been embraced as places of medical learning and research, with other healthcare institutions focusing mainly on patient care delivery. Broadly speaking, academic institutions have been branded “knowledge creators” while others might be called “knowledge consumers.” Since the 1990's, a transition of sorts has been occurring around the globe in terms of what is considered an academic medical center.[17],[18] The transition has been gradual, yet reflects a tidal wave of change that is at this point irreversible. Regional medical school campuses now provide a fertile ground for the development of community-based medical education and academic scholarly activity while at the same time ensuring the much needed supply of healthcare personnel to the areas of greatest need.[17] Medical students and trainees are no longer limited to the traditional “hubs” of “big city medicine” yet are able to attain medical training that is of quality equal to or at times exceeding that of the more established institutions.

The inception and growth of IJAM will provide academic faculty across communities, countries, and continents with a standardized platform for exchange of both specialty and general knowledge pertaining to medical education, leadership, administration, and other aspects of academic scholarly activities. By providing a practical, more direct, and “hands-on” participation in the process of publication and knowledge creation, we are hoping that the new sprawling category of regional medical campuses, nontraditional medical schools, community-based residency, and fellowship training programs will embrace this unique opportunity to “get involved.” Finally, we are also committed to ensure that publishing in IJAM is affordable. As we embrace the open access philosophy of academic publishing, we promise to keep our cost structure low and pledge that any fees we collect are not aimed at profitability but rather at achieving budget neutrality. In addition, any excess funds will be applied toward helping to offset publication fees for those who cannot afford to pay.

Of course, our inaugural statement would not be complete without recognizing all of the outstanding members of our Editorial Board—Section Editors, the Global Advisory Board, as well as many other reviewers and experts. We also thank Wolters Kluwer Medknow for helping us implement this wonderful concept. It is our hope that IJAM will provide a robust peer-reviewed venue for academic medicine professionals well into the future. Your support and patronage will be critical in our ability to provide this much needed global platform for exchange of ideas and experiences for medical educators, administrators, researchers, and others who want to support the growth and development of this noble mission.

 
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