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My time as an AGA editorial fellow for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology


On the top left of my desktop is an electronic sticky note entitled, “Apply in Future.” This was where the AGA editorial fellowship was listed when I first started GI fellowship. My interest in the behind-the-scenes of scientific publishing developed early. I wanted to learn not only about the decision-making by the editorial board but also other aspects that impact the process from submission to publication. While waiting for my opportunity to apply, I became a reviewer for several journals and then an associate editor of ACG Case Reports Journal, which gave me some insight.

I applied to the editorial fellowship as a second-year fellow, to start as a third-year fellow. I figured this would give me several chances to apply again if I was not selected! I started off by talking to my program director to ensure that I would have enough time, given other responsibilities. The application consisted of a cover letter, where I expressed why I was interested, particularly focusing on my passion for research and my experience with scientific publishing, a letter of recommendation, and a CV. I was ecstatic when I was selected for the AGA editorial fellowship for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), whose editorial board’s mission best aligned with my interests.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu, a gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill.

Dr. Judy A. Trieu

Dr. Jonathan Buscaglia was the editorial fellows’ mentor for CGH – he met with us and provided an outline of the year. For the first 6 months, I was a reviewer for submitted manuscripts within my topic of interest – pancreaticobiliary diseases and advanced endoscopy and technology. Dr. Buscaglia gave me feedback on my reviews to improve my critical assessment of study designs and interpreted results. After 6 months as a reviewer, I took on the role of an associate editor. I selected reviewers, evaluated the reviews, and made the decision to accept or reject a manuscript. I presented my assigned manuscript at the weekly board of editors meeting, which was one of the biggest learning experiences. Leading researchers from all over the world gathered at a virtual table and discussed whether each study would have clinical impact on the medical community. Each editor contributed a unique perspective that facilitated a robust and thoughtful discussion of each manuscript brought to the table. I was in awe each week.

What I have learned so far during my year as an AGA editorial fellow with CGH has shaped my approach to personal research and will continue to do so as I develop my research career. It has greatly improved my assessment of the literature and I hope to continue to be involved in the critical review process, especially as a reviewer in my early career, and eventually, a part of an editorial board for a journal that truly impacts clinical medicine, such as Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Trieu is a gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill. She has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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