Call for Letters to the Editor From Trainees: Trainees as Agents of Change in Academic Medicine and the Health Professions

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 trainees as agents of change in academic medicine and the health professions.

The editors will be looking for letters that emphasize actionable ways medical and health professions trainees can act as agents of change within the environments where they learn, work, and live. Letters to the editor can use personal experience to illustrate a point, but the purpose of the letter should be to communicate a broader issue or idea. 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. Letters must be submitted at here between 9AM (Eastern) on Monday, May 24th and 5PM (Eastern) on Friday, May 28th. Please note the window for submissions is just one week. Letters submitted outside of this window will be disqualified. Note that we are using a new submission platform for Trainee-Authored Letters this year; please do NOT submit your letter through Editorial Manager.

We want to hear directly from trainees! Although students, residents, fellows, and trainees in other health professions 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.


  • Please note that there is a strict 400-word limit for letters. The word count includes only the text of the letter AND references. Title, author bios, and disclosures do not count toward the limit. Submissions that are over the word limit may be disqualified.
  • Please note that 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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