GMS Journal for Medical Education

Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)


Aims & Scope

GMS Journal for Medical Education (GMS J Med Educ) – formerly GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung – publishes scientific articles on all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and other health professions. Research and review articles, project reports, short communications as well as discussion papers and comments may be submitted. There is a special focus on empirical studies which are methodologically sound and lead to results that are relevant beyond the respective institution, profession or country. Please feel free to submit qualitative as well as quantitative studies. We especially welcome submissions by students.

It is the mission of GMS Journal for Medical Education to contribute to furthering scientific knowledge in the German-speaking countries as well as internationally and thus to foster the improvement of teaching and learning and to build an evidence base for undergraduate and graduate education. To this end, the journal has set up an editorial board with international experts. All manuscripts submitted are subjected to a clearly structured peer review process. All articles are published bilingually in English and German and are available with unrestricted open access. Thus, GMS Journal for Medical Education is available to a broad international readership.

GMS Journal for Medical Education is published as an unrestricted open access journal with at least four issues per year. In addition, special issues on current topics in medical education research are also published.

Until 2015 the journal was published under its German name GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung. By changing its name to GMS Journal for Medical Education, we wish to underline our international mission.

GMS Journal for Medical Education is part of the non-commercial portal German Medical Science (GMS) which is run by the Board of the Scientific Medical Organizations in Germany (AWMF) in cooperation with the German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) and the Central Library for Medicine (ZB Med) – Information Centre Life Sciences. The journal is the organ of the German Society for Medical Education (GMA).

The journal is indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed and its articles are hosted at the PubMed Central repository. It is also covered by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of the Web of Science.

Peer review process

The review process aims to ensure that only high-quality scientific and innovative manuscripts will be published, which provide new and interesting information to the readers. The process is based on a form of peer review, whereby the submitted manuscript is assessed by experts, who are well versed in the relevant field. The experts remain anonymous towards the author, but also towards each other.  

Numerous experts work as reviewers for GMS Journal for Medical Education. All experts publish scientifically and have expertise in the field of medical education research and possibly also in other fields of science. Normally two experts are asked to give their opinion about the submitted manuscript. The period for preparing the review is 21 working days. The experts are reminded if they do not adhere to the set time limit.

For the review there is an online form available for detailed criticism and modification requests for the manuscript. The author receives these comments in an anonymous form. The review closes with a classification of the work into one out of four categories:

  1. Accepted in the present form
  2. Revision necessary
  3. Rejected, resubmission possible
  4. Rejected

If the assessments of both reviewers lead to a result which indicates the first or second category, the procedure follows the results, as long as the assigned editor or the editors-in-chief do not have any fundamental reservations. The work will be accepted for publishing, when the expectations of the reviewers or the editors will be fulfilled.
If the manuscript is rejected unanimously by the reviewers, the authors regain their works with the detailed comments of the reviewers, in order to make transparent, why the manuscript was rejected. The assigned editor or the editors-in-chief reserve the right to modify the procedure.
In case of substantially differing reviews, i.e. if only one of the experts speaks for the acceptance, then a third review will be obtained. Taking the editor’s opinion into account a decision is made. This decision normally represents the majority of the three reviewers. It can occur that the expert who voted for rejection will be overruled. In that case this reviewer receives the favorable reviews of his two colleagues in an anonymous form including an accompanying letter, which state precisely why the work was accepted for publication despite his rejection. This is crucial to not create the impression of ignoring the founded critique of one of the experts. Besides GMS Journal for Medical Education offers to write an invited comment, which will be published with the work. Also in case of non-controversial manuscripts invited comments are very valuable, in order to evaluate new methods and stimulate the scientific discussion.

The overall goal of all efforts is to make the review of scientific submissions for GMS Journal for Medical Education as transparent as possible and as critical as necessary. 

For the authors:
Experience has shown that two points are frequently criticized: On the one hand it is lacking or inadequate reference to already existing research works or established theories and on the other hand deficiencies in presenting statistical data. In cases of doubt the assistance of a statistician is recommended before submitting the work.
Generally delays are often caused by submitted manuscripts, which do not comply with the formal requirements of GMS Journal for Medical Education, because e.g. tables or the abstract are missing. A strict compliance with the authors’ guidelines is strongly recommended.

Editorial Board

Schriftleiter/Chief Editor:

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Fischer, MME (Bern)
Klinikum der Universität München, LMU München
Institut für Didaktik und Ausbildungsforschung in der Medizin (DAM)
Pettenkoferstr. 8a
80336 München
Phone: +49 89 4400 57201
E-Mail: Prof. Dr. med. Martin Fischer

Stellvertretender Schriftleiter/Assistant Chief Editor:

Dr. med. Götz Fabry, MHPE
Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg, Abteilung für Medizinische Psychologie
Rheinstraße 12
79104 Freiburg/Breisgau
Phone: +49 761 203 5512
Fax: +49 761 203 5514
E-Mail: Dr. med. Götz Fabry

Redaktionsbüro/Editorial Office:

Beate Hespelein
Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)
Redaktionsbüro GMS Journal for Medical Education
Henkestr. 91
91052 Erlangen
Phone: +49 9131 92634 09
Fax: +49 9131 92634 68
E-Mail: ZMA Redaktionsbüro/Editorial Office

Herausgebergremium/Editorial Board:
Prof. Dr. med. Attila Altiner
Universität Rostock
Institut für Allgemeinmedizin
Postfach 10 08 88
18055 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 494 2480
Fax: +49 381 494 2482
Associate Professor HsingChi von Bergmann, PhD
University of British Columbia
Faculty of Dentistry
JBM 288
Vancouver, BC, V6t 123
Prof. Dr. Jan P. Ehlers, M.A.
Didaktik und Bildungsforschung im Gesundheitswesen
Fakultät für Gesundheit
Universität Witten/Herdecke
Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926786
Prof. Adrian Freeman
University of Exeter
College of Medicine and Health
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Profession
Medical School
RILD Building
RD&E Hospital Wonford
Barrack Road
Exeter, EX2 5 DW
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 01392 406809

Prof. Trevor John Gibbs
Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
12 Airlie Place
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1382 381953
Fax: +44 (0)1382 381987




Prof. Dr. med. dent. Rainer Haak
Universitätsklinikum Leipzig AöR
Universitätszahnmedizin Leipzig
Poliklinik für Konservierende Zahnheilkunde und Parodontologie
Liebigstr. 10-14
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 21200
Fax: +49 341 92 21219
Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Wolfgang Hampe
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Institut für Biochemie II
Molekulare ZellbiologieZentrum für Experimentelle Medizin
Martinistr. 52
20246 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 42803 9967
Fax: +49 40 42803 4592
Prof. Dr. Sigrid Harendza, MME (Bern)
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
III. Medizinische Klinik
Arbeitsbereich Ausbildungsforschung
Martinistr. 52
20246 Hamburg
Phone: + 49 40 7410 53908
Fax: + 49 40 7410 40218
Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Hautz, MME
Inselspital Bern
Universitäres Notfallzentrum
Freiburgstr. 16c
3010 Bern
Phone: +41 31 632 45 87
Fax: +41 31 632 57 32
PD Dr. med. Inga Hege, MCompSc
Universität Augsburg
Medizinische Fakultät
Universitätsstr. 2
86159 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 598 2704
Fax: +49 821 598 5116
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Herzig, MME (Bern)
TH Köln
Claudiusstr. 1
50968 Köln
Phone: +49  221 8275 3001
Prof. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (Bern)
Universität Bern, Medizinische Fakultät
Institut für Medizinische Lehre, 
Abteilung für Assessment und Evaluation AAE
Mittelstr. 43
3012 Bern
Phone: +41  31 631 62 18
Prof. Dr. med. Jana Jünger, MME (Bern)
Institut für medizinische und pharmazeutische Prüfungsfragen Mainz
Große Langgasse 8
55116 Mainz
Phone: +49 6131 2813 0
Fax: +49 6131 2813 800

Prof. Dr. med. Martina Kadmon, MME
Universität Augsburg
Medizinische Fakulät
Universitätsstr. 2
86159 Augsburg
Phone: +49  821 598 2710
Fax: +49  821 598 5116


Prof. Simon C. Kitto
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME)
850 Peter Morand Crescent
Ottawa ON K1G 5Z3
Phone: +1 613 5462-5800

Ass. Prof. Peter Musaeus, Ph.d. cand.psych., aut.
Aarhus University, CESU
Centre for Educational Development
INCUBA Science Park - Skejby
Palle Juul Jensens Boulevard 82
DK-8200 Aarhus N




Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Nikendei, MME
Universität Heidelberg
Medizinische Universitätsklinik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 410
69120 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 56 38663
Dr. John J. Norcini, Ph.D
Foundation for Advancement of International 
Medical Education and Research
President and Chief Executive Officer
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
Michal Nowakowski MD, PhD
Jagiellonian University 
School of Medicine
ul. sw. Anny 12
31-008 Kraków
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Rotthoff, MME
Universität Augsburg
Medizinische Fakultät
Lehrstuhl für Medizindidaktik und Ausbildungsforschung
Stenglinstr. 2
86159 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 598 3719
Fax: +49 821 598 2075
Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten Schäfer, MME (Bern),
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Medizinische Fakultät
Stiepeler Straße 129
44780 Bochum
Phone: +49 234 32 24889
Fax: +49 234 32 14250
Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Schelling
Hausärztliche Gemeinschaftspraxis Martinsried
Röntgenstr. 2
82152 Planegg
Phone: +49 (0)898575511
Dr. med. Christian Schirlo, MME (Bern)
Universität Luzern
Fakultät Gesundheitswissenschaften und Medizin, Studienzentrum
Frohburgstr. 3
6002 Luzern
Phone: +41 41 229 59 71

Prof. Dr. Ralf Schmidmaier
Klinikum der Universität München
Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV
Leitender Oberarzt und std. Vertreter des Klinikdirektors Ziemssenstr. 1
80336 München
Phone: +49 89 4400 53180 (Sekretariat Frau Garcia)
              +49 89 4400 52101 (Direktion Frau Putz)
Fax: +49 89 4400 54410

Dr. med. Kai Schnabel, MME (Bern)
Universität Bern, Institut für Medizinische Lehre (IML)
Abteilung für Unterricht und Medien
Mittelstr. 43
3012 Bern
Phone: +41 31 631 62 59
PD Dr. rer. nat. Katrin Schüttpelz-Brauns
Universitätsmedizin Mannheim (UMM)
Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg
Geschäftsbereich Studium und Lehrentwicklung
Leitung AG Lehrforschung
Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3
68167 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 383 71270
Fax: +49 621 383 71201

Dr. med. Thomas Shiozawa, MME
Lehrkoordinator Vorklinik
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 8
72076 Tübingen
Phone: +49 7071 29 73018

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Siebeck, MME
Klinikum der Universität München
Klinik für Allgemeine, Viszeral-, Transplantations-, 
Gefäß- und Thoraxchirurgie
Nussbaumstraße 20
80336 München
Phone: +49  89 44005 2511

Dr. h.c. (RUS) Christoph Stosch, MME
Universität zu Köln
Medizinische Fakultät
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9
50931 Köln
Phone: +49  221 478 3390
Dr. rer. biol. hum. Daniel Tolks
Zentrum für Angewandte Gesundheitswissenschaften
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Wilschenbrucher Weg 84a
21335 Lüneburg
Phone: + 49 4131 677 7701
Prof. Dr. PH Ursula Walkenhorst
Universität Osnabrück
Fachbereich Humanwissenschaften
Institut für Gesundheitsforschung und Bildung
Barbarastraße 22c
49076 Osnabrück
Phone: +49 541 969 2319/2467

Prof. Dr. Marjo Wijnen-Meijer 
Klinikum rechts der Isar
TUM Medical Education Center
Bau 503, 3. OG, Zimmer 3.14
Ismaningerstr. 22
81675 München
Phone: +49 89 4140 6290
Fax: +49 89 4140 6269

Tegbar Yigzaw (MD, MPH, PhD, IFMER)
President, Ethiopian Medical Association
Jimma University
Adjunct Faculty
378 Jimma University
Phone: +251 911 408682



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