First medical journalism fellow named at MedPage Today

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Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

In an effort to teach health care professionals reporting skills and bring experts into the newsroom, MedPage Today has named Shara Yurkiewicz, M.D. as its first medical journalism fellow.

Yurkiewicz recently graduated from Harvard Medical School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and has been an AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow at the Los Angeles Times and a regular blogger for Scientific American. According to a press release, she plans to apply for residencies in rehabilitation medicine and make journalism an important part of her career.

“Lawrence Altman, M.D., was the first full-time physician reporter to work for a major newspaper when he joined The New York Times in 1969, but more and more, news organizations are looking to staff their ranks with reporters who have particular expertise. What better way to meet that need than by helping train the next generation of doctor-journalists in rigorous evidence-based reporting?” said Ivan Oransky, M.D., vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today.

“And while we’re at it, we get to add the perspective of a doctor-in-training to a newsroom producing content for health care professionals.”

MedPage Today covers clinical and health policy news for health care professionals.

1 thought on “First medical journalism fellow named at MedPage Today

  1. Eileen Beal

    I sooooooooooooo wish more health care professionals (who aren’t hawking their cures, procedures and/or products) would go the hc journo route.

    And no, I’m not worried that those who do will will put those of us who cover hc out of business.

    Best Regards, E B…Cle, OH

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