On 8 September 2009 at the beautiful Life Sciences Centre, UBC celebrated the release of the first issue of the UBC Medical Journal, the official student peer-reviewed publication of the Faculty of Medicine. Dean Gavin Stuart and Dr Timothy Rowe of the BCMJ gave guest speeches. In attendance were members of all four years and three distributed sites of UBC medical students, as well as faculty members and special guests from the BC medical community.
The UBCMJ landed in the national spotlight when it was awarded the CMA Leadership Innovation Award in June. The first edition features student-generated research, case reports, and opinion pieces. Articles are peer reviewed by teams of medical students and professionals and undergo a rigorous editing process.
With the support of the CMA, BCMA, BCMJ , UBC Faculty of Medicine, and Medical Undergraduate Society, the UBCMJ is having a first print run of 700 in addition to its online version. Copies of the first issue are being distributed free of charge to all first- and second-year UBC medical students across the province. The journal will be published twice annually; the recruitment of articles and reviewers for the second edition is already underway. Clinicians can support the publication by volunteering as faculty reviewers, sponsors, or advertisers.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in submitting an article, becoming a reviewer, subscribing to the journal, or placing an advertisement. Check out our web page at ubcmj.com for information on how to get involved with our second edition, or to download our first edition.
—Ciara Chamberlain, MSc
—Pamela Verma, BSc (Hons)
—Diane Wu, BSc (Hons)