Call for Letters to the Editor From Trainees: A Transformative Moment

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Academic Medicine is seeking original submissions for our Letters to the Editor feature from medical students, residents, fellows, and trainees in other health professions on the topic of a transformative moment in your professional journey.

The editors will be looking for letters that go beyond describing an event to reflect meaningfully on how the experience affected your professional identity formation. In other words, a successful letter will not simply tell us what happened, but will also illuminate the role of that experience in shaping your identity as a health care professional. We expect you to use your personal experience to illustrate the point, but the purpose of the letter should be to communicate a broader issue or idea that has relevance for others throughout academic medicine. Submissions that are strictly narrative will not be considered for publication. Authors wishing to submit a strictly narrative piece should explore the journal’s Teaching and Learning Moments feature as an option.

If you would like to submit a letter for consideration, please see our requirements and formatting for Letters to the Editor and submit your letter here between 9AM (Eastern) on Monday, May 23 and 5PM (Eastern) on Friday May 27. Please note the window for submissions is just one week. Letters submitted outside of this window will be disqualified.

We want to hear directly from trainees! Although students, residents, and fellows are welcome to seek input from faculty mentors, we ask that all submissions be authored by trainees only. Faculty members may be thanked in an acknowledgments section if appropriate but should not make contributions that qualify for authorship. Letters with non-trainee authors will be disqualified.


  • There is a strict 400-word limit for letters. The word count includes the text of the letter AND references. The word count does NOT include the title, acknowledgments, and author information. Submissions that are over the word limit may be disqualified.
  • A cover letter is NOT required.
  • There is a limit of only 3 authors per letter. Submissions with 4 or more authors will be disqualified.

Accepted letters will be published together as a special collection in one or more upcoming issues of Academic Medicine.

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