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About the Journal

Academic Medicine is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The journal serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies to address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community as it strives to carry out its missions in the public interest. The journal’s areas of focus include: education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings.

 

Journal Time Line

1920 | 1930 | 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000 | 2010


1920s


Fred C. Zapffe

1926

The Bulletin of the Association of American Medical Colleges is first published in July, under the leadership of Fred C. Zapffe, who serves as the editor-in-chief for 24 years. Dr. Zapffe describes it as “the only publication of its kind in the world—a journal devoted to medical education and pedagogy.”

1929

The publication is more formally designated the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


1930s and 1940s

1930

The journal shifts from a quarterly publication schedule to six issues per year.

1939–1945

The journal is published throughout World War II.


1950s

1951

At the editorial board’s recommendation to use “a name that is significant and descriptive of the contents and field covered,” the journal is renamed Medical Education. It becomes the Journal of Medical Education in May.


Dean F. Smiley


John Z. Bowers

1951

Dean F. Smiley becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 1957.

1953

The journal begins to be published monthly.

1958

John Z. Bowers becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 1962.


1960s and 1970s


John A. D. Cooper


Merrill McCord

1963

John A. D. Cooper becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 1971.

1972

Merrill McCord becomes editor-in-chief and serves into 1988.


1980s and 1990s

1988

Addeane S. Caelleigh becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 2001.

Addeane S. Caelleigh

1989

The journal’s focus is broadened to allow articles on a wider range of topics to appeal to the entire academic medicine community, and its name is changed to Academic Medicine.

1991

The Medicine and the Arts feature debuts.


2000s

2000

Academic Medicine is first published online.

Michael E. Whitcomb


Steven L. Kanter

2002

Michael E. Whitcomb becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 2007.

2002

The Teaching and Learning Moments feature debuts.

2008

Steven L. Kanter becomes editor-in-chief and serves through 2012.

2008

The journal’s covers begin to feature original works of art submitted by the academic medicine community. Later, the AM Last Page feature debuts.


2010s


David P. Sklar

2012


 

2013 —

The Academic Medicine app launches.


 

David P. Sklar becomes editor-in-chief.


Image credits: The photograph of John Z. Bowers appears courtesy of the History of Health Sciences Collection, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah. All other images appear courtesy of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Sources: Petersdorf RG. From the President. Acad Med. 1989;64:20. Whitcomb M. What Is the Purpose of Academic Medicine? Acad Med. 2003;78:767‑768.