• Jay Siwek Medical Editing Fellowship


    American Family Physician is announcing a call for applications for the next Jay Siwek* Medical Editing Fellowship to begin in June 2021. It is designed to provide insight into the field of medical journalism, with the goal of adding or enhancing a skill set for career diversification or advancement. This is a one-year remote fellowship with weekly virtual meetings and possibly in-person meetings at family medicine conferences.

    Fellow Duties:

    • Review and edit manuscripts and editorials
    • Assist with editing various journal departments
    • Participate in special projects, including AFP’s video channel
    • Assist the editor-in-chief at medical editing workshops at family medicine conferences
    • Participate in topic selection and solicitation for articles, editorials, and departments
    • Participate in social media and other online initiatives
    • Provide feedback as a member of the editorial team

    Requirements:

    • Board certification in family medicine
    • Current involvement in direct patient care (at least part-time)
    • Enthusiasm to learn about medical editing and writing (experience encouraged though not required)
    • Availability for at least 4 to 6 hours a week dedicated for editing duties
    • Availability on Wednesdays for phone or web meetings
    • Availability to attend family medicine conferences (dates TBD)

    Logistics:

    • Remote fellowship with weekly virtual meetings and in-person meetings at conferences
    • Honorarium of $1,500 at completion of the fellowship
    • Paid travel for required family medicine conferences if in person
    • Start date: June 2021

    Applications:

    • CV and letter of interest explaining your interest in medical editing, prior experience in writing or editing, and how this fellowship will diversify or advance your career
    • Submit applications to Dr. Sexton at afpjournal@aafp.org; due by 2/1/2021
    • Note that we may recruit for 2022 if we receive a large pool of qualified applicants

    *_Jay Siwek, MD, AFP Editor Emeritus,  served for 30 years as the editor of American Family Physician and is responsible for its transformation from a “magazine” into an evidence-based, scholarly—but practical—clinical resource for family physicians. During his tenure, he launched the first AFP Medical Editing Fellowship, in which AFP’s current editor-in-chief, Sumi Sexton, MD, participated.