JAMA Names Seven Academic Physicians and Nurses to New Editorial Fellowship Program

January 4, 2024

Chicago, January 4, 2024 — The JAMA Network today announces a new class of seven academic physicians and nurses selected for a new program to provide junior faculty and current research fellows opportunities to learn about biomedical journals and scientific publication. This inaugural group of fellows will spend six months immersed as part of the JAMA editorial team to obtain direct exposure to the editorial review process and enhance their skills in scientific communication.

Fellows will be assigned to a current JAMA editor for mentorship, attend manuscript meetings, participate in discussions about research design, data validity, potential clinical importance, and conduct peer-review on manuscripts. Fellows will also have the opportunity to join the clinical review and education, multimedia, or social media teams.

By the end of the program, this group will develop a deep understanding of the various editorial roles involved at a journal like JAMA.

“This is a tremendous, unique opportunity for both the fellows and the JAMA Network,” said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S., editor in chief of JAMA and the JAMA Network. “I’m excited for our new fellows to gain an insider perspective on medical editing and publishing. Such skills will be useful as they continue as authors of academic publications and hopefully will inspire some to become journal editors as well.”

Applications opened in the fall to current scholars in the National Clinician Scholars Program and the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Fellows were chosen based on their demonstrated interest in medical publishing, medical education or research, or a career in academic medicine, as well as their communication skills and knowledge of medical research and study design.

The seven editorial fellows are:

Jane Muir, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Muir is a postdoctoral research fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program and the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on improving timely and equitable patient outcomes in the U.S. through models of care that leverage registered nurses.

Crystal E. Brown M.D., M.A.

Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. Her research interests focus on racial inequities during serious illness and at end-of-life.

Hermioni Amonoo, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H.

Dr. Amonoo is the Carol C. Nadelson, MD Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and clinician educator in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at BWH and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), where she directs the Well-being and Cancer Research Program. Her research aims to understand the well-being needs of vulnerable cancer populations to develop innovative and practical psychological and digital therapeutics for patients with cancer and their caregivers.

Michael O. Mensah, M.D., M.H.S., M.P.H.

Dr. Mensah is a Yale National Clinician Scholars Program and Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare Scholar and PhD candidate at Yale University. His early-career research and writing concerns racial and gender equity within medicine’s workforce.

Jasmine L. Travers, Ph.D., M.H.S., R.N., A.G.P.C.N.P.-B.C.

Dr. Travers is an assistant professor of nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her research is dedicated to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities experienced by older adults.

Abigail Arons, M.D.

Dr. Arons is an internal medicine-pediatrics physician and a second-year fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCSF. Her current research focuses on diabetes prevention in young adults.

Lisa McElroy, M.D., M.S.                               

Dr. McElroy is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences at Duke University. Her research examines the influence of organizational characteristics on clinical outcomes of high cost, high acuity patients.

“For most who start out their careers as academic clinicians or researchers, the inner workings of a journal can be inscrutable,” says Deputy Editor Joseph Ross, M.D.. “This unique opportunity will give talented scholars who are early in their career an insider perspective into what it takes to be a medical journal editor.”

For more information, contact JAMA Network Media Relations at 312-464-JAMA (5252) or email media relations.