Sarina Schrager Named Editor-in-Chief of Family Medicine

March 31, 2022—Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, director of promotions and mentoring for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin, has been appointed editor-in- chief of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Dr Schrager takes the helm on May 1, 2022, succeeding John Saultz, MD, who completes his exemplary 12-year term as editor-in-chief.

“Family Medicine is a wonderful journal and is an excellent representation of the academic home of the specialty. We will continue to highlight scholarship focusing on primary care education, lead the discipline with thoughtful commentaries from national leaders, and provide narratives that illustrate the meaningful work that occurs in our discipline,” said Schrager.

According to Dean Seehusen, MD, chair of the Family Medicine Editor Search Committee, "Dr Schrager has a truly impressive track record of success in the editorial world. She brings a collaborative leadership style, and a reader-centric philosophy, to the editorial team. Family Medicine is in exceptional hands, and I am so excited to see where she leads the journal over the next several years."

Dr Schrager has extensive writing and editing experience and her 4 years on the STFM Board of Directors as the chair of the STFM Communications Committee has given her unique insights into the relationship between STFM and the journal. “Being the editor-in-chief of Family Medicine has been a longstanding career goal for me. I have been a family medicine educator for more than 25 years and am committed to continuing to provide the highest level of education for our students and residents, said Dr Schrager

One of Dr Schrager’s primary goals is to create a more diverse editorial team. She encourages all STFM members to get involved. “We need diverse voices as editors, peer reviewers, and authors. I also want to engage our learners as the future authors, readers, reviewers, and editors of the journal,” said Schrager.

Since 2019, Dr Schrager has served as editor in chief of Wisconsin Medical Journal and as medical editor for Family Practice Management. She was on the editorial board of Family Medicine for 6 years and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She has also co-edited five books over the last 13 years (two about women’s health topics, two about general family medicine, and one about family violence).

Dr Schrager’s interests include faculty development, work-life equilibrium, and incorporating scholarly work into daily practice. She enjoys mentoring junior faculty and helping them develop scholarly interests and projects.

Family Medicine publishes original research, systematic reviews, narrative essays, and policy analyses relevant to the discipline of family medicine, particularly focusing on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research. Learn more about Family Medicine at Follow Family Medicine on Twitter @fammedjournal.

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