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A Fond Farewell

The Staff of Academic Medicine

doi: 10.1097/
From the Editor

After five years of visionary and conscientious leadership, Steven L. Kanter, MD, is stepping down from the helm as editor-in-chief of Academic Medicine.

Dr. Kanter introduced many excellent changes during his five years at the journal. He also publicized the high ethical standards required of research published in the journal1 and has improved the quality of articles describing innovation by outlining what a scholarly description of a truly novel idea should include.2

Under Dr. Kanter’s leadership, the journal has enthusiastically embraced emerging technology. Dr. Kanter oversaw the publication of the journal’s first three eBooks and YouTube videos, the great expansion and improvement of the journal’s Web site,, and the development and launch of the Academic Medicine app for iPad.

His success as editor is reflected in the increased number of submissions to the journal; the rising number of cited Academic Medicine articles, including AM Classics; and the journal’s highest-ever impact factor.

His successes are not measured only in numbers. As we look forward to more milestones and ready the journal for new challenges under our new editor, David P. Sklar, MD, we want to thank Dr. Kanter for being a wonderful leader. We’ve enjoyed working with someone who cares for the journal as much as we do. We appreciate the consideration he has put into all journal-related decisions and the time and effort he has taken not only to explain those decisions to us, but also to listen to our thoughts and views.

The Staff of Academic Medicine

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1. Kanter SL. Ethical approval for studies involving human participants: Academic Medicine’s new policy. Acad Med. 2009;87:1644
2. Kanter SL. Toward better descriptions of innovations. Acad Med. 2008;83:703–1644
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