Penn State Journal of Medicine welcomes new editors, issues call for submissions

The mission of the Penn State Journal of Medicine is to provide “a means for publication of clinical and medical-based research completed by students enrolled at the Penn State College of Medicine” as well as “an avenue for students to display their work on a peer-reviewed platform (and receive) the feedback they need to improve the quality of their work in a learning environment.” Credit: Penn State College of Medicine / Penn StateCreative Commons

The Penn State Journal of Medicine, an open-access journal supported by Penn State University Libraries, is accepting submissions for its second issue, to be published in fall 2021. The journal also recently welcomed a new editorial team

The Penn State Journal of Medicine (PSJM) publishes peer-reviewed research by medical students in the Penn State College of Medicine. The journal is now accepting submissions on a rolling basis for its second issue, to be published in fall 2021. Submissions should be from College of Medicine students and include support from student advisers via the Adviser Approval Form. The deadline for submissions is May 1.

Maryknoll Palisoc and Carson Wills have joined the editorial team as the new chief editors, taking over for the four founding editors who will graduate in May 2021. Palisoc and Wills are joined by new associate editors Nathaniel Long, Christine Lin and Ashley Sun. Madison Kist will serve as editorial administrator. 

“My experience serving on the PSJM editorial board will prepare me as a future physician-scientist in academic medicine,” said Palisoc, an M.D.–Ph.D. candidate. “As one of the chief editors, I have the opportunity to work with my peers in advancing medical literature through constructive and collaborative analysis of our articles.”

Wills, also an M.D.–Ph.D. candidate, reflected on serving as an editor and publishing in the journal will support her future in the medical field.

“Biomedical research drives clinical innovation, and effectively communicating scientific results to a broad audience is essential to bridge the gap between scientists and physicians and to advance medical progress,” Wills said. “As a student-run publication, the PSJM provides students the opportunity to engage with the peer-review process and serves as a platform to highlight novel research at the College of Medicine.

“One of the overarching goals of the journal is to train future physicians in the process of scientific communication, providing them with skills to help drive medical innovation in their future practice,” Wills continued.

Long, a medical student, has been excited to get involved since the journal’s inception. “As associate editor, I have the privilege of reading and editing articles written by my peers at Penn State,” he said. “PSJM provides a platform to advance a culture of research and discovery at the College of Medicine and Penn State Health. I look forward to working closely with reviewers and authors to facilitate the communication of interesting and original research.”

As editorial administrator, Kist looks forward to connecting with students and encouraging engagement. “It has been rewarding to see my classmates’ overwhelming interest and the true passion they share for scientific inquiry and peer-reviewed clinical research,” she said. “As a reviewer for PSJM, I have learned about not only the peer-reviewed publication process but also the extraordinary work my fellow students are conducting right here at Penn State.

“From every angle, PSJM provides an educational opportunity for staff, writers, students and faculty,” she concluded. “It also gives us an accessible platform for innovation, discovery and collaboration.”

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Last Updated April 13, 2021