About this event

  • Date and time Tue 23 Jun 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online

Register to join Episode 24 'Medical Journals' on Zoom here.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely will speak to Dr Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief of JAMA, and Dr Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of The BMJ, about the role medical journals play in a pandemic such as COVID-19.

They will be discussing how these popular journals report in a time of rapid and developing scientific evidence, balancing both clinical and public concerns alongside emerging policies and guidance.

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Key speakers

Dr Fiona Godlee

Dr Fiona Godlee

Editor-in-chief, The BMJ

Speaker's biography

Fiona Godlee is the editor-in-chief of The BMJ. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She has written and lectured on a broad range of issues, including health and the environment, the ethics of academic publishing, evidence-based medicine, access to clinical trial data, research integrity, open access publishing, patient partnership, conflict of interest, and overdiagnosis and overtreatment.


Fiona is honorary professor at the Netherlands School for Primary Care Research (CaRe), honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, honorary fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a by-fellow of King’s College Cambridge.


She is on the advisory or executive boards of the Health Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, Alltrials, the Peer Review Congress, the International Forum for Quality and Safety and Healthcare, Evidence Live, Preventing Overdiagnosis, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and the Climate and Health Council.


She was a Harkness Fellow (1994-5), President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (1998-2000), Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (2003-5), and PPA Editor of the Year (2014). Fiona is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.  She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.


Dr Howard Bauchner

Dr Howard Bauchner

Editor-in-chief, JAMA

Speaker's biography

Howard Bauchner, MD was appointed the 16th editor-in-chief of JAMA and The JAMA Network in 2011. Prior to coming to JAMA, Howard was a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine and Editor in Chief of Archives of Disease in Childhood (2003-2011). At BUSM he was Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Pediatrics and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom. 


At JAMA Howard has focused on publishing important and novel research articles and special communications, improving and expanding clinical content, using electronic/digital approaches to enhance communication, and ensuring a commitment to innovation. Since his arrival in 2011, followers on social medical (Twitter and Facebook) have increased from 13,000 to approximately 900,000 and the electronic table of contents is now distributed to close to 800,000 individuals each week. In print, via eTOC, and social media JAMA now reaches over 1.5 million physicians each week worldwide.  Views (PDF and HTML) have increased from 10M in 2011 to 34 million in 2019 (50% from outside the U.S.), with additional 17 million views of the abstracts only.  Podcast downloads have increased from 300,000 in 2014 to 3.3M in 2019. The print journal was redesigned for the first time in over 20 years and the website has been updated twice. All 9 of the specialty journals were renamed (Archives of Pediatrics became JAMA Pediatrics), 3 new journals have been launched – JAMA Oncology (2015), JAMA Cardiology (2016), and JAMA Network Open (2018); and a new electronic distillation of our health policy content – JAMA Health Forum – was launched in 2020.



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Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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