Curbside Consults Podcast

By Roma Bhatia, MD

Published July 20, 2022

As Editor-In-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Eric Rubin is an authority on medical publishing, but he didn’t always know this was the job he wanted. In this special episode of Curbside Consults, we explore the highlights and challenges of being a physician editor at a medical journal, and the path to determining if it’s the right career for you.

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0:00 – Introduction
0:55 – Why medicine and specialty choice
4:16 – Getting involved with a medical journal
5:56 – Trainees and the benefits of pursuing medical editing/publishing
7:51 – The roles and job descriptions of medical editors
13:30 – Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in medical editing/publishing
19:49 – Tips for trainees on doing good research
22:06 – The Catch-22 of medical editing and publishing during COVID
24:48 – The Future of NEJM and how we deliver health information
28:33 – Editorial Fellowship

The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.

Eric J. Rubin, MD, PhD, is the Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, an Associate Physician specializing in infectious disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He serves on several scientific advisory boards to groups interested in infectious disease therapeutics. Dr. Rubin has also previously served as the Associate Editor for Infectious Disease at the New England Journal of Medicine as well as an editor for several basic science journals including PLoS Pathogens, Tuberculosis, and mBio.
Roma Bhatia, MD, is a 2021–2022 NEJM Editorial Fellow.