Bruce J. Hillman Fellowship in Scholarly Publishing

Applications for 2019 fellows will open summer 2018. In the meantime, any questions about the fellowship may be directed to

ACR seeks applicants for the Bruce J. Hillman Fellowship in Scholarly Publishing. The fellowship provides a concentrated, two-week experience in medical editing, journalism and publishing for an interested and qualified staff radiologist. The goal is to encourage talented junior and mid-career radiologists to pursue an aspect of medical journalism as a part of their careers. 

The selected fellow will spend two weeks in Reston, VA, gaining hands-on experience editing and publishing the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) with the JACR Editor-in-Chief, Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR; Deputy Editor Ruth Carlos, MD;l and JACR staff.

The fellow will also travel to New York City to spend time with the JACR’s publisher, Elsevier.

The fellowship requires some reading prior to the travel and completion of a work project. 

Apply by August 31. Selection of the fellow will be announced no later than October 31.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Position at an academic or private practice
  • Membership in the ACR
  • Evidence of interest in medical journalism, including publishing articles and serving as a reviewer for medical journals or participating on an editorial board.

How to Apply

In previous years, the application has consisted of the following. This information is provided for reference. Required materials may vary in future years.

  1. A single page with the following information:
    • Name
    • Position
    • Institution
    • Contact information
    • Bulleted list of accomplishments in writing, editing, serving on editorial boards for medical journals and other related items
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of how the fellowship relates to the applicant’s career goals
  4. Letter from the applicant’s chair or group president expressing support for the applicant and agreeing to release the fellow for the time necessary to complete the activities.

Fellow Selection

A selection committee chaired by the editor-in-chief and comprising the deputy editor, the director of ACR Press or his or her designee, the journal’s publisher, and at least two members of the editorial board will choose one fellow from among the applicants.

Responsibilities of the Fellow

Prior to the time spent at ACR and Elsevier, the fellow will read articles selected by the editor-in-chief and discuss them in person or over the phone. In consultation with the editor-in-chief and deputy editor, the fellow will choose a project to work on prior to and during the fellowship.

The fellowship lasts two weeks (10 working days). Scheduling will be arranged by the selected candidate, the editor-in-chief and deputy editor to best accommodate the schedules of all parties. The ACR and Elsevier will reimburse travel expenses, accommodations and living expenses incurred during the fellowship period when presented with receipts.

Following the fellowship, the fellow will file a report of his/her perception of the fellowship activities and provide feedback on how the fellowship could be improved. The fellow will submit his or her project for review by the editor-in-chief and deputy editor for possible publication in the JACR.

The editor-in-chief may ask the fellow to serve a three-year term on the JACR Editorial Board.


Hear from past participants about their experiences during the two-week fellowship.



Julianna Czum, MD

“The appeal of this fellowship is that it's not a passive experience. It's immersive and expansive because there is an expectation of output, of contributing to the JACR in an integral way.”



H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD

“From a career aspect, the fellowship is an opportunity to step into academic publishing. After completing the fellowship, I have increased the quality of the pieces I’m submitting for publication and I have a better understanding of what goes into a successful article.”


Courtney Moreno, MD

“The fellowship was fantastic. I learned so much about what goes on behind the scenes at the JACR after a manuscript is submitted. Also, during the time in Reston I was able to meet lots of great people at ACR and learn more about ACR, too.”

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