|Edited by||Howard C. Bauchner|
|Transactions of the American Medical Association; Councilor's Bulletin; Bulletin of the American Medical Association; Journal of the American Medical Association|
American Medical Association (United States)
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JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. It publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of biomedicine. The journal was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. The journal's editor-in-chief is Howard Bauchner of Boston University, who succeeded Catherine DeAngelis on July 1, 2011. Due to JAMA deputy editor Ed Livingston downplaying the existence of racism in medicine on a JAMA Network podcast, Bauchner has been placed on administrative leave since March 25, 2021 while his role in the publishing of the comments is investigated.
The journal was established in 1883 by the American Medical Association and superseded the Transactions of the American Medical Association. Councilor's Bulletin was renamed the Bulletin of the American Medical Association, which later was absorbed by the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1960, the journal obtained its current title, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal is commonly referred to as JAMA.
Continuing medical education
Continuing Education Opportunities for Physicians was a semiannual journal section providing lists for regional or national levels of continuing medical education (CME). Between 1937 and 1955, the list was produced either quarterly or semiannually. Between 1955 and 1981, the list was available annually, as the number of CME offerings increased from 1,000 (1955) to 8,500 (1981). In 2016, CME transitioned into a digital offering from the JAMA Network called JN Learning CME & MOC from JAMA Network. JN Learning provides CME and MOC credit from article and audio materials published within all 12 JAMA Network journals, including JAMA.
Publication of article by Barack Obama
On 11 July 2016, JAMA published an article by Barack Obama entitled, United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps, which was the first academic paper ever published by a sitting U.S. president. The article was not subject to blind peer-review. It argued for specific policies that future presidents could pursue in order to improve national health care reform implementation.
After the controversial 1999 firing of an editor-in-chief, George D. Lundberg, a process was put in place to ensure editorial freedom. A seven-member journal oversight committee was created to evaluate the editor-in-chief and to help ensure editorial independence. Since its inception, the committee has met at least once a year. Presently, JAMA policy states that article content should be attributed to authors, not to the publisher.
From 1964 to 2013, the JAMA journal used images of artwork on its cover and it published essays commenting on the artwork. According to former editor George Lundberg, this practice was designed to link the humanities and medicine. In 2013, a format redesign moved the art feature to an inside page, replacing an image of the artwork on the cover with a table of contents. The purpose of the redesign was to standardize the appearance of all journals in the JAMA Network.
In a February 2021 podcast, deputy JAMA editor Ed Livingston questioned the existence of systemic racism in medicine; JAMA's tweet promoting the podcast said "No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?" Livingston's comments and the JAMA tweet were immediately widely criticized by the medical community, resulting in the deletion of both the podcast and promotional tweet. Editor-in-chief Bauchner issued a statement saying "Comments made in the podcast were inaccurate, offensive, hurtful, and inconsistent with the standards of JAMA", and Livingston resigned. Bauchner was then placed on administrative leave.
Some doctors and researchers have publicly announced their refusal to submit manuscripts to JAMA until its issues with racial disparities in medicine are addressed. A group of doctors requested that the AMA investigate the editorial staff and board, and began a petition that calls for editorial changes at JAMA and for a formal review of Bauchner's actions.
Previous chief editors
The following persons have been editor-in-chief of JAMA:
- Nathan S. Davis (1883–1888)
- John B. Hamilton (1889, 1893–1898)
- John H. Hollister (1889–1891)
- James C. Culbertson (1891–1893)
- Truman W. Miller (1899)
- George H. Simmons (1899–1924)
- Morris Fishbein (1924–1949)
- Austin Smith (1949–1958)
- Johnson F. Hammond (1958–1959)
- John H. Talbott (1959–1969)
- Hugh H. Hussey (1970–1973)  
- Robert H. Moser (1973–1975)
- William R. Barclay (1975–1982)
- George D. Lundberg (1982–1999)
- Catherine D. DeAngelis (2000–2011)
Abstracting and indexing
The JAMA journal is abstracted and indexed in:
- Academic OneFile
- Academic Search
- BIOSIS Previews
- Biological Abstracts
- CAB Abstracts
- Chemical Abstracts
- Current Index to Statistics
- Current Contents/Clinical Medicine
- Current Contents/Life Sciences
- Elsevier BIOBASE
- Global Health
- Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed
- Science Citation Index
- Tropical Diseases Bulletin
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