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Journal of the Student National Medical Association (JSNMA)

JSNMA is the flagship publication of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), reaching over 8,000 student health professionals, physicians, deans, and executives. As the voice of the SNMA, it serves as an educational, outreach tool that encourages scholarship and creativity amongst upcoming doctors and researchers. JSNMA maintains a quarterly publication calendar with interim content updates providing real-time access to news and information. The journal topics include: medical education, research, health advocacy, career opportunities, community outreach, and cultural competency.


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Upcoming JSNMA Issue

Winter - Defending Diversity in Medicine: Why this Matters in the Trump Era?
Deadline: December 16, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

Visit JSNMA.org and join SNMA's social networks for submission reminders/tips, interactive tools, and active discussions on hot topics trending in medical education and health care delivery.

Have you...
...read a captivating book discussing social determinants of health?
...developed ideas for balancing social responsibility as physicians?
...contemplated ways to alter the course of social injustices?
...experienced a clinical encounter that tested your cultural competency?

Submit your work to any of our sections.

Inside SNMA
The Inside SNMA section contains news and information about the organization, highlights both chapter and member accomplishments, suggests ways for members to maximize their SNMA experience, and features SNMA's community involvement both domestically and globally. If you know a SNMA chapter or member accomplishing great things we can highlight, then let us know! You may also submit photographs or videos for consideration by tagging us on social media or using the following hashtags: #SNMA #SNMAServes #SNMAProud

Most JSNMA contributors are medical students sharing their unique perspectives on health education, health care delivery, and service to underserved communities. JSNMA contributors also share experiences from their journey to become a doctor, their encounters while working in the community, and their feelings about socio-political issues facing the nation. Submissions may include letters-to-the-editor regarding previously published articles, editorials, op-eds, or commentary pieces on prominent topics/issues.

The Heartbeat section features articles related to the theme of the current JSNMA issue. JSNMA themes range from preventive medicine and global health to current social and political issues as well as matriculation rates of students of color. Each year, the themes embraced by the JSNMA reflect SNMA's programmatic agenda. The JSNMA remains an active source of information for its readers about issues in medicine and health care that SNMA continues to impact nationwide.

The Scientific Focus
The Scientific Focus section aims to inform readers more about the research community, trends in medicine, and how to become engaged. It serves multiple functions within the JSNMA. First, it provides medical students the opportunity to have their scientific research or writing peer-reviewed and published for a national audience. Second, it provides readers with insight into various career options throughout the medical field. If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, then please contact jsnma@snma.org.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions from SNMA members are welcome with a preference for those related to the designated theme. If interested in submitting an advertisement or entry as a guest contributor, then please contact the Editor-in-Chief at JSNMA@SNMA.ORG for details.

JSNMA features a variety of entries including but not limited to:
• artwork
• case reports
• poetry
• book reviews
• photography
• interviews
• commentary
• research articles

A brief biography and photo of yourself may be included, each as a separate attachment, but are not required if you wish to remain anonymous. The inclusion of quotes or photos related to your submission are also welcome, but proof of authorization is required from the respective person(s)/organization. For the latter, proof is only required if another individual is in the photo or if you did not take the photo yourself. All entries must be submitted to JSNMA@SNMA.ORG with the subject line "JSNMA XXXX (Fall, Winter, or Spring) Submission" for consideration. Be sure to have your submission proofread!

Formatting Criteria:

Artwork/photography submissions must be under 50MB and in .jpg or .png. Entries are not to exceed 2500 words and must be in .doc or .docx. Format the body into two columns (poems are an exception*), single spaced, justified margins, and Arial size 11 font. Use Arial size 26 bolded font for the title and center it followed by "By [NAME], [TITLE] - [SCHOOL]" on the next line in Arial size 16 font. Please do not include contractions or endnotes in your submission. If applicable, include a section at the end entitled "References:" followed by a numbered list in Arial size 8 font. Please use numerical superscripts to cite the corresponding reference within the text.