The Spotlight article format allows undergraduate students to highlight and discuss a relevant and contentious issue/opinion in healthcare, with emphasis on the significance and implications it holds within its field. The article should begin with a broad overview – providing the necessary background and context for the topic. The article must subsequently discuss the specific topic in detail, providing evidence should the author choose to take a stance. Finally, the article should conclude with a thorough discussion of the significance and/or implications of the topic as it relates to the field. Please note that all spotlight articles will be assessed on topic choice, impact, and depth of discussion, in addition to the quality of writing.
The Research Insight is The Meducator‘s flagship article format and is unique to the publication. This format is designed to allow undergraduate students involved in research to discuss the nature of their work, while reflecting on its significance and implications in the broader context of their respective fields. Unlike a traditional science paper, the focus is less on the results of the author’s research, and more on the rationale, approach and potential implications. The author can include primary data, but these must be representative in nature and well explained.
The Critical Review article format is designed to allow undergraduate students to discuss a specific topic that interests and excites them, and is important or relevant to the general science student body. In addition to reviewing the literature on the topic, the author must address the area with a critical lens, by for example, analyzing future prospects or contrasting with other approaches. The author may or may not be involved in similar research themselves.
The Opinion piece is a column written about a controversial and/or contemporary topic in the health sciences. The aim of the piece is to present a well-informed stance on a contemporary health science-related issue that has significant importance to multiple stakeholders. We have just recently opened up the opportunity to write the Opinion piece to non-staff members.
The Global Perspective is an article which allows students to write about their first-hand experiences working with and incorporating into a community, whether close to McMaster or around the world. The article should focus on health-related issues and obstacles faced by the community, specific work that the author did, as well as future health care steps in the field/community. Although the article may be a first-person account, the author should take care to combine personal anecdotes with well-informed and researched depictions of the community and health issues involved.
The Q&A article format allows undergraduate students to submit any questions they have pertaining to the field of Health Sciences. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Biochemistry and Biomedical Research, Health Policy, Global Health, Population Health, Clinical Research, and Health Ethics. For every issue of The Meducator, one question will be selected from the pool of entries to be answered in the publication. The student whose question is chosen will awarded a small prize as deemed fit by the Meducator staff.
The Meducator publishes interviews with senior members of the McMaster community (often instructors or faculty members) who are involved in research that is particularly new and exciting. The goal is to offer a different perspective and provide an opportunity for readers to learn and appreciate research conducted at McMaster. Interviews are primarily conducted by members of Meducator staff, but other undergraduate McMaster students may contact the team if they are interested in carrying out an interview (it is encouraged to contact The Meducator staff early each semester if this is the case).
We also conduct video interviews with undergraduate student authors featured in The Meducator about their work, which are posted in your youtube channel after the release of our newest issues.
MedBulletins are hand-picked summaries of current news and hot topics in Health and Medicine. The aim is to keep readers up-to-date with the latest issues and breakthroughs in the field. MedBulletins are selected and written by Meducator staff on a regular basis.
The PathoProfile piece is a unique piece generated through the collaboration of our Editorial and Graphics teams. It aims to creatively and visually depict the pathophysiology of various diseases and their underlying biological processes by highlighting the key stages of the disease process.
ForumSpace is a collaborative initiative between the The Meducator and the McMaster Student Health Forum subcommittee. It aims to discuss important topics concerning the multi-dimensional aspects of healthcare, and the role of various stakeholders in ensuring its effective delivery.
NeuroAbstracts is a feature of the three winning abstracts in the annual undergraduate NeuroXChange conference held in May. This is an Ontario-wide event held by the McMaster Biology and Psychology Society which allows undergraduate students to explore and share their passion for neuroscience research. Each year, The Meducator judges and awards the three winning poster abstracts to be published in print for the fall issue.
The Meducator regularly publishes short columns in McMaster University’s newspaper, The Silhouette, where it provides McMaster students with a summary of relevant and new topics in medicine and health, while highlighting breakthrough research conducted at McMaster.