Instructions for Authors

New! Call for Submissions on “The New Normal”

Reflective MedEd, an online publication dedicated to reflection and care of the person in medicine, seeks submissions that reflect upon elucidate the “New Normal” in medical education and medicine.  Since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, medical education and the practice of medicine feel different and in some ways are now different.  We invite authors to reflect on their experiences to provide insight into any aspect of this evolution that they find compelling.

Submissions should follow Reflective MedEd’s typical conventions as noted below.

Timeline:  We hope to publish the first of these essays at the end of September 2022 and will integrate additional accepted pieces into our publishing schedule through the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.


Standard Submissions

Content:  Reflective MedEd welcomes submissions from educators in medical schools and related health professions. We also welcome contributions from the perspective of patients, and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and public policy. In short, we seek entries from anyone whose insights regarding educational method and content or the social and interpersonal context of medicine can assist in developing future physicians who respect their patients in the fullness of their humanity and can be leaders for social justice in medicine and society. Thus, we welcome a wide variety of types of narratives and ask that they be written in a clear, direct, conversational style.

We especially welcome pieces that are written in a reflective or experientially-based manner that makes thematic the author’s perspective.

Editorial Decisions: Reflective MedEd typically provides a decision to accept or deny any submission within a week.  All decisions are final.

Length: Contributions are commonly around 1000 words should not exceed 1500 words. Because maintaining this limit will significantly increase your readership, the editors will make suggestions to shorten manuscript and will return it until it meets this requirement.

Confidentiality: Authors should respect the confidentiality of patients and their families when recounting a case history or interpersonal encounter. Common standards of de-identification should be followed, e.g., identifiers should be removed and alterations made to prevent any third party from identifying the person. We encourage authors to share the narrative with those whose stories they are recounting.

References: You may have up to five references. No more than three may be to the author’s own work. We are willing to link to online content.  Please place all references at the end of the manuscript.

Examples of references:

Journal Article
Emily E Anderson, Katherine Wasson (2015). Personal Narratives of Genetic Testing. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5(3): 229-235.

Guadelupe Garcia McCall. Under the Mesquite. New York, NY: Lee & Low Books, 2011.

Mark Kuczewski, Linda Brubaker The Medical School of Dreams and Dreamers: One Year Later, AM Rounds, September 28, 2015

Send all inquiries and manuscripts to Mark Kuczewski, PhD,