Original articles are scholarly manuscripts describing original research, in-depth analyses, or systematic reviews germane to the broad disciplines of family medicine and primary care in the US and internationally. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript as an original article, please use the general categories shown below as a guide:
- Educational Research: Original research papers about the educational process in family medicine and primary care are the major focus of the journal. Such articles might describe the content and effectiveness of educational innovations pertinent to medical students, residents, fellows, academic physicians and scientists, interdisciplinary primary care teams, or practicing physicians. Original articles should describe ideas that might be generalized to multiple institutions or programs and must include a rigorous evaluation process. Interventions limited to a single institution should be submitted in the Brief Report category.
In general, educational evaluation can be classified by four levels of sophistication (Kirkpatrick Levels) as follows:
Level 1: Evaluates learner reaction to the innovation such as attendance, participation, and learner opinion.
Family Medicine does not publish papers that use only Kirkpatrick level 1 evaluations and rarely publishes papers with only level 2 evaluations
Level 2: Evaluates learner acquisition of knowledge or skills by methods such as learner pre- and post-testing.
Level 3: Evaluates learner behavior change as a result of completing the educational program.
Level 4: Evaluates the impact of the educational program on specific clinical outcomes.
- Systematic Reviews or Meta-analyses about Education in the Health Professions: Systematic reviews of fundamental methods and skills that impact family medicine and primary care education are welcome. These papers should be thoroughly referenced and should provide new or original insight into the educational process.
- Health Policy Analyses: These data-driven papers should be about health policy topics at the international, national, or regional level that impact family medicine and primary care. Papers addressing policy issues related to the health professions workforce needed to care for patient populations in the United States or internationally are particularly welcome.
Brief reports will be considered using the same criteria as listed above for original articles. Brief reports can be smaller in scope and may be less generalizable to other settings but should be equal in rigor to original articles. Education research papers focused on a single program or institution or program with a limited number of subjects should be submitted as brief reports. Word limit on brief reports is 1,200 words.
Family medicine is a discipline defined as much by our stories as by our science. Narrative essays published in Family Medicine should be stories (or poems) from clinical practice or from the educational setting and may be submitted by teachers, learners, patients, or health professionals. Narrative essays published in the journal are considered to be scholarly articles and will be peer-reviewed carefully.
Essays and poetry discussing the experiences of practicing clinicians, educators, or learners relating to the care of patients, the practice of family medicine, or teaching are welcome.
These papers should describe compelling personal stories about clinical or educational encounters that will evoke reflection, recognition, appreciation, or inspiration in the reader. Not only should the essay provoke reflection in the reader, it should show evidence that the author has also reflected on and gained insight from the event described. In general, narrative essays should illuminate the unique complexity and genuine personal dimensions of patient care and education in family medicine, primary care, or community medicine. Narrative essays should not include an abstract and references should be kept to a minimum. Tables and figures are discouraged.
A cover letter accompanying a narrative essay should identify the author’s perspective and should provide a context for the work. If a manuscript describes particular patients, please follow HIPAA guidelines and make any necessary alterations in factual details to ensure patient confidentiality. Letters of permission to report information about identifiable persons should accompany the manuscript. Family Medicine occasionally publishes original poems in this section of the journal. Such poems should adhere to the same manuscript restrictions as other narrative essay submissions.
Letters to the Editor
A “Letter to the Editor” manuscript should comment on articles published in the journal within the last 12 months, or discuss current issues relevant to family medicine education or practice. Preference will be given to letters adding fresh perspective to ongoing debate and discussion of issues important to family physicians and educators. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editorial team to ensure appropriate content for publication.
Book and Media Reviewers
Book and Media Reviews present critical analysis and commentary on recently published books, electronic resources, and other media that are pertinent to the teaching and practice of family medicine. Most reviews are invited. Publishers who wish to submit books for possible inclusion in Family Medicine’s book and media reviews section should send texts to Sam Grammer, Publications Manager, Family Medicine, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211. Those interested in writing book or media reviews for publication should contact William Cayley, Jr, MD, book and media reviews editor, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Articles and Commentaries
Special articles or commentaries may be submitted only by invitation from the editor. This category is reserved for scholarly papers important to the discipline of family medicine that are not appropriate as original articles, brief reports, narrative essays, or letters to the editor.