The contributions of the BC Medical Journal Editorial Board members are well respected. However, the current Editorial Board is made up of senior, long-serving, eminent physicians who do not reflect the demographics of Doctors of BC members. There are no visible minorities on the Editorial Board, and the names of the current members, listed at the front of the journal, suggest they all have Western European ancestry.
Over the past few years, Doctors of BC instituted a policy where members of any Doctors of BC committee serve a 5-year term, after which they are invited to reapply for the position through the Doctors of BC Nominating Committee. At the same time, the Nominating Committee seeks applications from other Doctors of BC members for the position. This system was developed because it was recognized there was little turnover of members on some committees. The same committee members might serve for 10 or 20 years. The initiative has been successful in getting more Doctors of BC members involved in their association; however, for reasons that are unclear, the Editorial Board of the BCMJ has been excluded from this requirement.
Whereas the efforts of the current Editorial Board are greatly appreciated, the journal could become reinvigorated and more reflective of the opinions and diversity of the membership by encouraging turnover of Editorial Board members using the process described above. Please consider participating in this reform.
—John Sehmer, MD