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AFMR’s evolution and a tribute to Dr Michael McPhaul
  1. Leticia Ryan1,
  2. Amir A Zeki2,3
  1. 1 Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. 2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of PCCM, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California, USA
  3. 3 Internal Medicine, PCCM, UC Davis Lung Center, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Amir A Zeki, Internal Medicine, Division of PCCM, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA 95616, USA; aazeki{at}

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The American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) was founded in 1940 by Dr Henry Christian, Dean of Harvard Medical School at the time, and was originally named the American Federation for Clinical Research. Dr Christian envisioned a group of physician-investigators that would offer young researchers the opportunity to present their findings to peers while also receiving the guidance of senior scientists.

Nearly 80 years later, the AFMR is one of the longest-running and largest organizations for interdisciplinary medical research in the nation. While evolving to meet the needs of its present-day members, it has remained true to the vision set forth by Dr Christian. With a stated mission to “develop and mentor tomorrow’s leaders in medical research,” the AFMR continues to promote opportunities for young scientists to present their research and to foster excellence in the successful development of medical investigators. Now home to two journal publications, the AFMR remains steadfast in its commitment to enhance the training and career development of junior investigators and faculty.

The Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM), established in 1995, is the official journal of AFMR and is an outstanding platform for our members to disseminate their research. The Journal of Investigative Medicine - High Impact Case Reports (JIM-HICR), established in 2013, is an open access journal and …

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