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Brought to you by the JGME Editors and staff, each episode dives into current research and trends in graduate medical education or expert advice for getting published. All episodes of this podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Please subscribe to stay informed on new episodes.

June 8, 2022


In this episode, Dr. Joey Fisher and Dr. Barbara Trautner, authors of the paper “Maximizing the Academic Conference Experience: Tips for Your Career Toolkit,” offer a roadmap to academic conference success with a 3-phase framework of strategies starting with preconference preparation, then active engagement during the meeting, and finally post-meeting action steps. You will hear personal stories of how they handle networking, juggling sessions, making an impact, and balancing rest with all the excitement.

Read the accompanying article: Maximizing the Academic Conference Experience: Tips for Your Career Toolkit


April 13, 2022

Creative writing in the On Teaching category holds an important place in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. This is a place for people in the GME community to tell their stories and a place for connection. In this episode, 3 members of the JGME Editorial Board, Dr. Gail Sullivan, Dr. Lainie Yarris, and Dr. Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, share advice for compelling writing, getting published, and On Teaching papers that have stuck with them over the years.

Read the accompanying article: Publishing in the "On Teaching" Category: Powerful Creative Writing


February 2, 2022

Do you find the world of statistics intimidating and maybe even terrifying? In this episode, JGME Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Gail Sullivan, and Biostatistics Editor, Dr. Rich Feinn, are interviewed by Associate Editor, Dr. Charlotte Gamble, about their 2 editorials from 2021 about statistics in GME research. Listen as they dive into type I and II errors, multiple comparisons, power, ad hoc analyses, what to do with small sample sizes, and so much more.

Read the accompanying articles: Facts and Fictions About Handling Multiple Comparisons and Do You Have Power? Considering Type II Error in Medical Education


November 4, 2021

On September 27, 2020, Universal Health Services, which oversees The George Washington University Hospital, was the victim of the largest ransomware attack on a health care system in US history. In this episode, Dr. Courtney Paul recounts his experience and shares an action plan and resources for institutions to be proactive in anticipating a cyberattack. 

Read the accompanying article: Residency Program Preparedness for Prolonged Downtime: Lessons Learned From a Cyberattack

GW Downtime Toolkit


September 22, 2021

Are you interested in submitting to the New Ideas category in JGME or want to know more about these articles? In this episode we go behind the scenes with JGME editors Deb Simpson, PhD, Halah Ibrahim, MD, MEHP, and Cuff Baker, MD, to discuss what novel really means, what the editors are looking for in the New Ideas submissions, and why submissions get rejected.

Check out the Annual Call for New Ideas Submissions.


August 16, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Nicole Deiorio speaks with Dr. Sara Krzyzaniak and Dr. Stephen Wolf about their qualitative study on resident perspectives on remediation. Chief resident Dr. Jonathan Hootman joins the conversation and offers the resident perspective. Listen to this conversation as our guests discuss how they learned from residents, how to help and support residents that are struggling, and a need for a holistic remediation process free from negative stigma.

Read the accompanying article: Unheard Voices: A Qualitative Study of Resident Perspectives on Remediation


June 15, 2021

In this episode, JGME Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Gail Sullivan, speaks with 2 JGME authors from the June 2021 issue, Dr. Brian Antono and Dr. Daniel London. They discuss issues and challenges around residency application inflation, the role of the AAMC and ERAS, and what the main barriers are to change and how we can break through them.

Read the accompanying articles: The Price of Fear: An Ethical Dilemma Underscored in a Virtual Residency Interview Season and Systems-Level Reforms to the US Resident Selection Process: A Scoping Review


April 19, 2021

In this episode, physicians from the United States (Sashank Prasad, MD, Sarah E. Conway, MD) and Canada (Teresa Chan, MD, Tara Stratton, MD, Lauren Cook-Chaimowitz, MD) discuss their JGME papers covering parental leave policies in GME. The conversation focuses on how programs can create a successful parental leave policy, striving for wellness, transparency, equity, and fairness, and barriers to be aware of in creating and using these policies.

February 15, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Charlotte Gamble interviews JGME authors Dr. Monica Vela, Dr. Kathy W. Smith, and Dr. Miguel X. Escalón about their experiences around USMLE Step 1 scores changing to pass/fail, their pledges for holistic reviews of applicants at their institutions, and how to put this into practice. You will also hear medical student Jasmine Solola read her letter to the medical community about her experience sitting for this exam as a Black woman.


January 6, 2021

In this episode, Nicole Deiorio, MD, interviews Jeffery Berger, MD, about his paper “COVID-19 and Graduate Medical Education Trainee Protections and Finances.” They are joined by Jessica Bienstock, MD, to discuss the financial ramifications of COVID-19 on the GME programs at their institutions.


October 23, 2020

In this episode, focused on virtual interviews in this COVID-19 era, JGME hosts a dialogue between applicants and programs to discuss experiences, fears, and expectations for the upcoming virtual interview process. JGME Executive Editor, Nicole Deiorio, MD, speaks with 3 authors of upcoming JGME papers; Jeffery Fuchs, a fourth-year medical student, Quentin Youmans, MD, a second-year cardiology fellow, and Shantie Harkisoon, MD, a program director. This episode offers a unique view behind the scenes of residency and fellowship interviews, as well as advice from both sides of the interview process, steps to mitigate bias and find your fit virtually, and insight into what programs and applicants are really looking for in this new (or not-so-new for Dr. Harkisoon) interview process. 


September 9, 2020

In this episode, JGME Deputy Editor, Lainie Yarris, MD, speaks with author Kathy Chretien, MD, about virtual recruitment strategies for programs, social media, and how to overcome the challenges and fears that COVID-19 has brought to the interview process this year.

Read the accompanying article: Graduate Medical Education Virtual Interviews and Recruitment in the Era of COVID-19


June 18, 2020

In this episode, JGME Executive Editor, Dr. Nicole Deiorio, speaks with three authors, Dr. Shuhan He, Dr. Mary Haas, and Dr. Teresa Chan about their experiences and advice around working remotely, distance learning, and the role of technology.

Read the accompanying article: Remote e-Work and Distance Learning for Academic Medicine: Best Practices and Opportunities for the Future

June 15, 2020

In this episode, JGME deputy editor, Deb Simpson, PhD, speaks with physician, educator, and author, James Woolliscroft, MD, about the future of graduate medical education, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the roles of the DIO, program director, and faculty, as well as the impact of technology on the medical education system. 

Read the accompanying article: Envisioning Graduate Medical Education in 2030


May 13, 2020

Are you planning on submitting a paper to the Journal of Graduate Medical Education? JGME Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Gail Sullivan, does a deep dive into the JGME instructions for authors in hopes to smooth the path to submission. Covering a range of information from JGME format, to surveys, rigorous qualitative methods, and more, this episode is full of helpful information for first time authors, seasoned authors, and anyone in between.


February 18, 2020

In this episode, JGME Deputy Editor, Lainie Yarris, MD, speaks with two internationally-recognized medical education leaders and writers, Lorelei Lingard, PhD, and Chris Watling, PhD. They explore what academic writing might look like in 2030 with personal experiences and aspirations for the field.

Read the accompanying article: Envisioning the Future of Academic Writing


January 28, 2020

Have you ever wondered what a journal will look like in 2030 or how you will be publishing your research? In this episode, Dr. Tony Artino, Deputy Editor of JGME, and Dr. Seth Trueger, Digital Media Editor for JAMA Network Open, discuss the future of academic publishing: digital communication trends, innovative dissemination strategies, open access, funding, and peer review.

Read the accompanying article: Is Medical Education Ready for Universal Open Access to Research?


November 4, 2019

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by writing a paper for publication? Have you asked yourself, "Do I have the time, energy, data, participants, rigor in my methods, and results to justify meaningful conclusions?" In this episode, Dr. Gail Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief of JGME, and Dr. Tony Artino, Deputy Editor of JGME, discuss how to determine if your poster has sufficient "good stuff" that it should be transformed into a paper.

View: JGME Resources for Authors

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