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Applications for AGA Editorial Fellowships Now Open

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Applications are now being accepted for the AGA Editorial Fellowships – a one-year program that prepares early career GIs for a future leadership position in scientific publishing.

Fellowships are offered at the AGA journals Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH), Techniques and Innovations in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TIGE), and Gastro Hep Advances (GHA).

The 10 selected fellows (2 per AGA journal) will attend Board of Editors’ (BOE) teleconferences wherein preliminary decisions will be discussed and final decisions for manuscripts will be determined. Fellows will also conduct peer reviews of submitted manuscripts under the direct supervision of an associate editor through the journal’s manuscript tracking system.

Interested physicians and scientists can apply here. Applications for the 2022-2023 fellowship cycle are due on March 1, 2022.

Last year’s fellows were: Amisha Ahuja, MD and Helenie Kefalakes, MD (Gastroenterology), Katherine Falloon, MD and Judy Trieu, MD, MPH (CGH), Lindsey Kennedy, PhD and Vivian Ortiz, MD (CMGH), and Sagarika Satyavada, MD and Eric Swei, MD (TIGE).

They all feel that they gained significant knowledge and experience through their internship. Amisha Ahuja says “I know of no other opportunity that allows for this kind of intimate exposure to the nuts and bolts of scientific publishing”, and Helenie Kefalakes explained “Attending the BOE calls exposes fellows to the most recent research and developments in the area of gastroenterology and hepatology. It allows them to discuss articles with leaders in the field and understand how the editors use their expertise to improve manuscripts and develop a high-impact publication”.

Judy Trieu says that the fellowship allowed her to “witness the associate editors advocate for authors and provide thoughtful feedback to improve each contribution to the journal. These discussions have truly been invaluable in understanding the dedication and commitment the board of editors has to the academic community”, and Katherine Falloon adds that she has “learned so much listening to the thoughtful CGH editors talk through their approach to manuscripts and make decisions regarding what does and does not merit publication” and that in the second portion of the editorial fellowship, she will have the opportunity to function as an Associate Editor, taking the lead in decision making for manuscripts.

Lindsey Kennedy felt that one of the most exciting aspects of the fellowship with CMGH was being “immersed in a variety of research topics that broadened my understanding of the field”, and that the board of editors encourages the involvement of the editorial fellows in writing opportunities, including editorials for manuscripts and reviews. Vivian Ortiz emphasized that, as an editor, she became “more acquainted of the literature surrounding each article I’m assigned” and was better able to “evaluate each article’s novelty and contribution to the field of science”. She says that the fellowship reinforced her desire for a career in academic medicine and fostered a path in scientific publishing that looks forward to continuing.

For Eric Swei, the internship “improved my ability to critically appraise scientific literature in the peer-review process”. He says he learned how to become a liaison between authors and reviewers to select and refine articles that best define TIGE’s mission. Swei says “I have no doubt that honing these skills now will pay off greatly in my career”. Sagarika Satyavada felt it was invaluable to get a “behind the scenes look at the editorial process”, so “my own research endeavors and manuscripts could improve”, and that the independence given to editorial fellows was appreciated. Satyavada saysTaking part in this editorial fellowship this year has been an invaluable experience and I highly recommend other interested fellows to apply“!

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Dr. Kristine Novak

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Dr. Kristine Novak is a science writer and editor based in San Francisco. She has extensive experience covering gastroenterology, hepatology, immunology, oncology, clinical, and biotechnology research discoveries.

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