Virtual Mentor

Each issue of Virtual Mentor has a theme—a medical specialty field or topic of concern or debate in medical ethics. We invite medical students and residents to apply to serve as theme issue editors. Each theme issue editor undertakes, with help from VM staff editors, responsibility for: (1) selecting a theme for one issue and defining the ethical and professionalism concerns inherent in that theme, (2) generating case narratives that provide opportunities for examining those concerns in clinical and educational contexts, (3) identifying, securing, and corresponding with 10 to 15 contributors to the issue, (4) editing copy of solicited manuscripts and reviewing page proofs before the issue goes live on the first working day of the month, and (5) joining the AMA Virtual Mentor group on LinkedIn and promote your VM issue when it goes live. These tasks will be accomplished at each editor's "home" location.

Theme issue editors, selected in November, meet in Chicago with Virtual Mentor staff in February. Each theme issue editor receives a $2,000-stipend.

The abilities to critique an argument or article, work well with authors, and meet deadlines are essential. Experience in editing or journalism is desirable.

To Apply

The call for applications is announced in the August issue of VM each year. You must be a medical student or resident physician member of the AMA to serve as an issue editor. If you are not yet an AMA member and would like to join, you can do so online at

To apply in 2014, send an e-mail that states your current medical student or resident program status and your reason for wishing to be a VM theme issue editor. Attach the following to your application e-mail:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A writing sample of not more than 1,000 words
  3. A response to this exercise. You are a VM editor with the responsibility for developing an issue on justice in health care. Using the section headings of the current VM (e.g., ethics cases, medical education, health law, journal discussion, policy forum, medicine and society) as an outline, describe what topics each of the sections would cover. Some sections will be easier to develop than others, but remember that the ethics cases are the backbone of each issue, so do not neglect to propose scenarios for clinical encounters between patients and physicians in which justice is an ethical concern. Limit your description to 1,000 words.

Combine these three documents into one PDF, so that the PDF contains everything you want us to consider as part of your submission. Use your last name (only) as the PDF filename and attach the PDF to an e-mail. Send the e-mail to Kelly Shaw ( by 5 p.m. CDT, October 15, 2014.

Theme Issue Editor Bios