The McGill Journal of Medicine has won the AVENIR SANTÉ award at the ninth annual Forces AVENIR awards. The award includes a $4,000 grant.
Created 10 years ago for students in the Faculty of Medicine, the McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM) was initially intended to provide students with an opportunity to exchange views on scientific advancements. The journal quickly expanded to include medical students at other universities who also sought first-hand information on scientific research and actual medical cases. Today, MJM has 120 contributors in countries around the world, and is distributed twice a year to some 1,000 subscribers. It has been praised by prestigious publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Forces AVENIR, an initiative funded by the Quebec and federal governments and by the private sector, annually rewards young university students who participate in projects that enrich knowledge, community involvement and community rights.
"The McGill Journal of Medicine, created entirely by and for McGill medical students, became a platform for sharing knowledge that enhances the training of future doctors and researchers," said Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill's principal and vice-chancellor. "Students who contributed to MJM over the years can be proud that they helped establish a journal that now enjoys an international reputation."
This year, McGill University was well represented in three categories, with projects from various faculties and departments. Two McGill projects went head to head in the AVENIR SANTÉ category, Sexperts McGill: The Sexual Education Project and the McGill Journal of Medicine. Team Montreal, with students from McGill, Université de Montréal and École de technologie supérieure who were competing in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, was a finalist in the AVENIR ENVIRONNEMENT category. Lastly, nominees in the AVENIR PERSONNALITÉS undergraduate category included Vanessa Redditt, a McGill graduate in international development.
Enhancing the Training of Future Doctors
Founded 10 years ago by and for medical students, the McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM) is a platform for knowledge sharing which enables students to develop their talents as future doctors and researchers. Today, the MJM brings together approximately 120 student contributors, enjoys international scope and has been praised by such prestigious publications as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Published twice a year, the MJM enables students to publish the results of their scientific research as well as feature articles and case studies, articles that are rigorously read and revised by an evaluation committee made up of both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the Journal invites medical experts to give their uncensored opinion on specific subjects, allowing readers to benefit from the knowledge of key figures from all over the world. Thanks to its website, which is visited thousands of times a month, the MJM is accessible to medical students around the world. And no doubt, behind such a publication there are future researchers who will one day discover a cure for AIDS or a new drug for treating heart disease.