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Editorial
March 23, 2020

JAMA Internal Medicine—The Year in Review, 2019

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7523

Clearly, 2020 is another year full of interesting health care issues and new (and not so new) health care proposals that we look forward to discussing on these pages. In addition to a wide range of clinical topics in internal medicine, we will continue to cover issues such as drug pricing, surprise billing, bundled payments, Medicare for all, and transparency issues, to name a few. We are now in the tenth year of the Less Is More series and are pleased to see international attention to the harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment and on programs to increase high-value care. Of course, our work is far from done, as health care costs continue to rise much faster than the gross domestic product.

We are grateful to have a team of University of California, San Francisco, house staff working with us as JAMA Internal Medicine Editorial Fellows and a national team of Teachable Moments Editorial Fellows led by Deborah Grady, MD, MPH. We enjoy hearing how you are using the Teachable Moments series and other articles. We do encourage you to include a figure or table in your Teachable Moment submission that would be useful for a journal club discussion. We will be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Teachable Moments Editorial Fellow position open to internal medicine chief residents across the US from March 23 to May 15, 2020. Selected Fellows will be notified by June 12, 2020. Further information and application instructions are available at http://ucsfctsi.formstack.com/forms/jama_intmedfellowship2020main.

It is a joy to be able to read our authors’ work. We work hard to read your manuscripts as soon as we receive them. You can see this in our low turnaround times—2 days from receipt to first decision without peer review and 35 days with peer review (Table).1-3 We love talking with you at conferences and hearing from you by email or in person; stories about how publishing in JAMA Internal Medicine boosted your career makes our day. And others want to read your work in JAMA Internal Medicine, as evidenced by the more than doubling of our impact factor in the past decade, now at 20.8. There were more than 10 million downloads of JAMA Internal Medicine work last year, and we were featured more than 30 times in The New York Times, including “Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-term Use of Certain Medicines,”4 and 10 times in USA Today, including “For 1 in 16 US Women, First Sexual Intercourse Experience Was Rape, Study Says.”5 We strive to publish articles that will help you in your practice of medicine, either teaching something new to improve outcomes or a practice to avoid for lack of benefit. We will continue to publish articles on the daily challenges in health care and medicine and focus on ways to improve daily experience for clinicians and patients as well as approaches to improve our health care system. We could not do this without our wonderful peer reviewers. We rely on your input to help guide our decisions to help select high-quality science that makes a difference. I thank each and every one of you.6

Table.  JAMA Internal Medicine Statistics for 2019
JAMA Internal Medicine Statistics for 2019
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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Ave M1180, San Francisco, CA 94143 (rita.redberg@ucsf.edu).

Published Online: March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7523

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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Mullee  A, Romaguera  D, Pearson-Stuttard  J,  et al.  Association between soft drink consumption and mortality in 10 European countries.  JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(11):1479-1490. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.2478PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
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Schnabel  L, Kesse-Guyot  E, Allès  B,  et al.  Association between ultraprocessed food consumption and risk of mortality among middle-aged adults in France.  JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(4):490-498. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.7289PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
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Belluck  P. Risk for dementia may increase with long-term use of certain medicines. Accessed February 25, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/health/dementia-drugs-anticholinergic.html
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Lam  K. For 1 in 16 US women, first sexual intercourse experience was rape, study says. Accessed February 25, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/16/first-sexual-experience-women-rape-study/2347264001/
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 JAMA Internal Medicine peer reviewers in 2019.  JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0154Google Scholar
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