Following controversial comments by a deputy editor at JAMA about racism in medicine, the editor-in-chief of a popular medical journal was fired on Thursday.
The committee of the American Medical Association, which oversees the journal, said Dr. Howard Bouchner would replace the interim editor until the results of an independent study. The decision was announced on Thursday in an e-mail sent to employees.
JAMA is one of the world’s leading medical journals, publishing research that shapes the scientific agenda and public policy around the world. The controversy erupted when Deputy Editor Dr. Ed Livingstone said in a podcast on February 24 that there was no more structural racism in the United States.
“Structural racism is a painful term,” says Dr. Livingston, a white doctor. “I personally think that removing racism from the conversation will help. “Many people like me are offended by the assumption that we are somehow racist.”
The podcast was spread in a tweet of the magazine, which said: “No doctor is a racist, so how can there be structural racism in healthcare?” In: Answer: has been to both fast և angry, urging the magazine to lower the podcast և delete the tweet.
One week later, Dr. Bouchner addressed the controversy. “The comments made on the podcast were inaccurate, offensive, offensive չհ inconsistent with JAMA standards,” Dr. Drner said in a statement. “We are initiating changes that will prevent the recurrence of such failures.”
Dr. Livingstone later resigned. JAMA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Many in the medical community said that the magazine did not go far enough that the events suggested possibility to make more systemic changes. In an e-mail to AMA executives, a group of doctors called for “a thorough investigation by the JAMA editorial board before the removal of Dr. Howard Boucher.”
The authors also initiated a petition, which has now been signed by nearly 7,000 people, asking the magazine to hold Dr. Bockner accountable, review, and reorganize the editorial process.
“Not only is this podcast problematic, but JAMA has a long, well-documented history of institutional racism,” said Dr. James Ames, a black practitioner in southern Chicago who helped launch the petition.
“That podcast should never have happened,” said Dr. Ushe Blaxtk, a New York emergency physician. “That tweet should never have happened. The fact that the podcast was conceived, recorded and posted was unwise. “
“I think it caused incomparable pain, injury to skin doctors and patients,” he said. “And I think the magazine will take a long time to heal that pain.”
Recently, other popular magazines have had to consider their role in perpetuating racism in medicine. In January, Alan Wile, Editor-in-Chief of Health, acknowledged that the magazine’s staff and management were overwhelmingly white and economically privileged, and promised to review its editorial process.
In an e-mail to JAMA staff, Dr. James Ames L., CEO of the American Medical Association. Madaran, He promised that the investigation would investigate “how the podcast was developed, revised, and finally the tweet related to it”, and said that the AMA had engaged independent investigators to ensure objectivity.
He did not suggest a date for the end of the investigation.