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February 8, 2012

Medical Education Theme Issue 2012: Call for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Golub is Deputy Editor, JAMA (robert.golub@jama-archives.org).

JAMA. 2012;307(6):616. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.95

My favorite poem is the one that starts “Thirty days hath September” because it actually tells you something. —Groucho Marx

How do learners value information? What is the most effective way to transmit knowledge across generations? How can this be done in a way that will not only engage students but will ultimately have a positive effect on patient care? These are core questions with which medical educators struggle, oftentimes in the dark.

JAMA will attempt to provide some illumination in the form of the next theme issue on medical education, which will be published in December 2012. We invite authors to submit manuscripts related to all aspects of the educational process. We are particularly seeking studies that either incorporate the most relevant educational outcomes (effects on clinical practice and patient care, rather than measures of knowledge, skills, or attitudes) or address better techniques for their measure.