Updates & Events
As editors of journals concerned with health professions education, we take very seriously the influence of our published articles on curriculum development, learner assessment and, ultimately, the quality of health care provided to our communities. As members of the International Editors Group of Health Professions Education Journals, we routinely gather at international meetings to share new ideas, voice concerns and provide support to each other as we grapple with financial, logistical, technical and political challenges faced by our journals. It is therefore appropriate that we clearly communicate our concerns about increasing risks related to current regulations and attitudes affecting international travel, global meetings and global health.
As a community of scholars we must reach out to each other, challenge ideas, and identify the most effective and creative approaches regarding how healthcare education can facilitate better health. Doing so benefits all of us, rich or poor, regardless of race, ethnicity, and language, country of residence or cultural values. Disease knows no borders. While health systems, medical knowledge, skills, and medications evolve in response to our unique local conditions, we never know when something in one of our countries will become important (maybe even life-saving) in another. Healthcare education needs to monitor these global developments closely to warrant the best possible education for our students and practitioners and the best possible healthcare for society. As we determine how to train the future healthcare professionals and leaders, it is imperative that we recognize the benefits of global health education and travel to learn from each other.
We recognize that there are risks from those who consider using travel and international meetings to provoke violence and sow the seeds of international fear and distrust. However, we believe that our greatest counter weapon is our academic community. Key collaborations and mutual understanding have been built by sharing knowledge, keeping eyes and ears open to new evidence, and commitment to peace, health and learning. The trust we have built over many years working together at international meetings is a model that enhances, rather than undermines, global security.
We urge our governments, elected officials, community leaders and health professions leaders to appreciate the value that global meetings can bring to each of our countries. We ask you to provide the freedom for members to participate fully in international meetings and exchanges, regardless of the country from which we come. As we listen and learn from each other and share what we learn in our journals, we help to make the world a healthier and safer place. We ask all of you who are our readers and members of our community of scholars to reach out to your elected officials to ensure they understand how they can, and why they should support our continued international health educational activities and collaborations.
David P Sklar, Peter GM de Jong, Erik W Driessen, Kevin W Eva, Ronald M Harden, Grace C Huang and Gail M Sullivan
Editors-in-Chief of Academic Medicine, Medical Science Educator, Perspectives on Medical Education, Medical Education, Medical Teacher, MedEdPORTAL and Journal of Graduate Medical Education
|Douglas J. Gould, Ph.D. |
Professor and Chair
Department of Foundational Medical Studies
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB)
Dr. Gould joined the OUWB faculty in July 2012 as a tenured Professor. He teaches neuroscience and gross anatomy to medical students and serves as Chair of the Department of Foundational Medical Studies. He joins OUWB from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he was a Professor and the Director of the Division of Anatomy. Before that Dr. Gould was an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for nine years. He has successfully blurred the lines between his teaching and scholarly/research endeavors and focused on the design, creation, implementation and evaluation of learning tools for the modern medical student, he has secured over one-million dollars in extramural support to fund his medical education scholarly efforts. Dr. Gould has published: over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts; seven textbooks; seven ancillary learning tools; ten peer-reviewed multimedia resources; and over 50 abstracts; he has served as the Editor for all anatomy and physiology terms in the two leading medial dictionaries. In addition, Dr. Gould has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, has mentored countless graduate and medical students and has served as the Chair of the Anatomical Sciences Section of the American Dental Education Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the American Association of Anatomists.
Dr. Boyd currently serves as the Dean for Admissions and Recruitment at Rush Medical College. In this role Dr. Boyd is responsible for the leadership and direction of the comprehensive admissions process and ensures that the policies, procedures and objectives of the Admissions process are met and aligned with the mission, strategic goals and diversity interests of the institution. Dr. Boyd provides leadership and oversight of policies and practices to achieve appropriate diversity by engaging in ongoing, systematic and focused efforts to attract and retain students from demographically diverse backgrounds and who are underrepresented in medicine. Dr. Boyd also currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer for Rush University Medical Center. She has served in this role for the past fifteen years and is responsible for providing direction and oversight of the institution’s Corporate, HIPAA and Research Compliance Program.
On an organizational, level Dr. Boyd currently serves as a key member of the Diversity Leadership Council where senior leaders at Rush have committed to promoting equity and inclusiveness for all individuals within the organization by promoting diversity and inclusion as part of the culture, climate and strategic planning process for the medical center at large.
A longstanding member on the faculty at Rush Medical College, Dr. Boyd is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her M.D. at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and certification from the University of Chicago’s School of Health Administration and Policy. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has an expansive history of clinical practice and teaching experience in the academic setting.
The Association of American Medical Colleges is pleased to announce that MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources has been selected for inclusion in MEDLINE, the premier bibliographic database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Selection is determined by the recommendations of an expert advisory committee that evaluates journals based on a rigorous review of scientific quality and scope. Only 15%-20% of journals that apply are recommended by the committee. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations from more than 5,000 biomedical journals published worldwide and is freely searchable using PubMed at http://pubmed.gov.
Founded in 2005, MedEdPORTAL was designed as a repository of materials for faculty to submit scholarly works for peer review. Today, it has grown into an open-access publication, internationally recognized as the preeminent journal for publishing educational resources in the health professions, while providing free access to thousands of high-quality educational materials. MedEdPORTAL is accessed by over 4,500 academic and health organizations in more than 175 countries, and publications are downloaded approximately 3,000 times each month.
Inclusion in MEDLINE will advance MedEdPORTAL’s growth by increasing its visibility and accessibility of published content. Scholars, researchers, educators, and health care practitioners around the world use MEDLINE as the authoritative gateway to access content from the most prestigious biomedical and health journals. In addition to equipping a broader community of readers with access to innovative and high-quality educational tools and resources, inclusion in MEDLINE solidifies MedEdPORTAL as the premier destination to publish teaching and learning materials in the health professions.
John Paul Sánchez MD, MPH
President, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians Inc.
Dr. Sánchez has worked extensively to promote diversity and inclusion in the physician and academic medicine workforces. In 2014, he joined Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (RNJMS) and currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Since joining the RNJMS faculty in the fall of 2014, Dr. Sánchez has undertaken several new diversity-related projects. He has co-led the development of a longitudinal Community Engaged Service Learning elective, which is mandatory for all incoming students to facilitate their engagement in community service and reflection, developed a Safe Zone LGBT Allies Program to ensure the personal and professional development of LGBTQ trainees and faculty, and revamped the Men of Distinction Program focused on men of color.
In addition to his academic responsibilities and clinical contributions as an emergency medicine at a Level 1 trauma center, Dr. Sánchez is on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine and is an associate editor for the Journal of Health Equity; is the Co-Executive Director of the Latino Medical Student Association Inc., the largest Latino medical student association in the country with chapters at 129 medical schools; a member of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group; prior Board member and current member of the Clinical Care Committee for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in New York City dedicated to providing quality care for LGBTQ patients; and the President and Founder of Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP) Inc., an organization dedicated to building the upstream pipeline of diverse trainees (i.e., college and graduate students) considering academic careers. He has numerous publications and presentations related to LGBT Health and academic medicine career development for diverse medical students and residents.
He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed his residency training at Jacobi/Montefiore, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. He also holds a Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, from the Yale School of Public Health. He is of Puerto Rican ancestry, gay-identified, and was raised in the Bronx, NY.