The primary purpose of this peer-reviewed journal is to provide a formal publication option for research completed by MSUCOM students, residents and faculty. SMRJ's mission is to advance medicine and medical education through the timely publication of peer-reviewed clinically-oriented research, clinically-relevant basic science research, healthcare quality research, and medical education research from the MSUCOM community, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and the education of patients and care providers. SMRJ is the official scholarly publication of the Statewide Campus System (SCS) of MSUCOM. It provides a forum for communicating research findings, clinical practice observations, philosophic concepts, and other biomedical and medical education advances to MSUCOM medical students, residents, fellows and faculty, and any other interested readers.

SMRJ is a free on-line journal, open to all viewers, housed on the MSUCOM Statewide Campus System website.

PubMed status: SMRJ will be eligible for PubMed application in September, 2018

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Spartan Medical Research Journal:
Volume 2, Number 1, Summer 2017

Previous Issues

Volume 1, Number 1, Fall 2016
Volume 1, Number 2, Winter 2017
Volume 2, Number 1, Summer 2017

SMRJ Staff

Executive Editor: William Strampel, DO, Dean MSUCOM

Chief Editor: William Corser, PhD, RN

Editorial Board: Andrea Amalfitano, DO, PhD, DABMG; Michael Andary, MD; Jonathan Bruner, DO; Bill Corser, PhD; Cheryl Doane, DO; Patrick Flaherty, DO; Justin Grill, DO; Peter Gulick, DO; Kari Hortos, DO, FACOI, FAODME; Mark Jones, DO; Jacklyn Kiefer, DO; Jeffrey Kovan, DO; Doug Kubek, DO; Alyse Ley, DO; Thomas Maatman, DO; Jed Magen, DO; Justin McCormick, PhD; Gregory McIntosh, DO; Siroj Misra, DO; Todd Moyerbrailean, DO; Jon Rohrer, PhD, DMin; Sandra Russell, DO; Rocky Saenz, DO; Don Sefcik, DO; Michael Swords, DO; Jim Sylvain, DO; Angela Wagner,DO;

Assistant Editor: Sam Wisniewski, MS
Manuscript Editor and Website Coordinator: Luke Sandel

Information for Authors

SMRJ observes and operates in accordance with the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and endeavors to adhere to all ethical guidelines contained therein.

Information for Reviewers

Appeals Policy

An author who disagrees with a decision to reject a submitted manuscript may file a written appeal with the Chief Editor stating reasons for the disagreement. Within one week of receipt, the Chief Editor will submit the manuscript in question to a second panel of three reviewers with expertise in the subject area of the manuscript and who were not involved in the initial review. At least two of these three reviewers will not be members of the SMRJ editorial board. This second panel of reviewers will return their reviews to the Chief Editor within two weeks of receipt of the manuscript. The Chief Editor will then take the recommendations of this second panel of reviewers into consideration in making a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript.


Chief Editor: Bill Corser, PhD, RN
A336 E. Fee Hall
965 Fee Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824

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