Your BCMA insurance advantage

Insurance is peace of mind; protection for you, your family, and your staff members from economic hardship caus­­ed by unforeseen loss. The BCMA is pleased to offer a wide range of insurance products and services to its valued members. From life, disability, health, dental, travel, critical illness, office overhead, accidental death and dismemberment, to general insurance for home, office and auto, the BCMA is committed to ensuring these preferentially priced insurance solutions work for you. 

As the new BCMA insurance manager, I am pleased to introduce myself. My name is Sinden Malinowski, and my mandate is to coordinate day-to-day operations of the insurance area and to ensure members are informed of the insurance options available through the BCMA. I have a background as a respiratory therapist, and I am a health science major and certified human resources professional. 

For the past 14 years I have worked with two of Canada’s leading insurance firms specializing in employee benefits, and I currently enjoy concurrent industry roles as Pacific Region vice-chair and continuing education chair of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. 

Please e-mail your questions, feed­­back, and requests for complimentary insurance consultations to
—Sinden Luciuk (formerly Malinowski)
Manager, Insurance

Sinden Luciuk,. Your BCMA insurance advantage. BCMJ, Vol. 53, No. 6, July, August, 2011, Page(s) 295 - News.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply