The theme for this issue is Marginalized Populations. The health of marginalized populations is an ongoing concern for health professionals and policymakers. The unique circumstances of these populations mandates that greater focus is given to learning about, assessing, and addressing their health needs. While it is well understood that the social determinants of health play an important role in the overall health of all individuals, there is no consensus on how best to address these determinants and equalize health opportunities across the population. Specifically, in the Canadian context, Aboriginal health is a key political and public health topic that receives a considerable amount of media coverage. As future healthcare professionals, we must take the initiative to better understand this public health topic from an objective standpoint. Becoming better informed about existing health disparities in our patient population is the first and necessary step towards reducing these inequalities and providing sensitive patient-centred care.
We look forward to reading submissions addressing any aspect of this topic. Submissions can fall into one of the following categories: Academic Research, Reviews, Commentaries, News and Letters, Global Health, and Case and Elective Reports. We also accept submissions that do not fall into this theme so do not hesitate to submit your work! The submission deadline is Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (by 11:59pm). We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to publish your work in an internationally recognized academic journal. Publishing in the UBCMJ is an excellent way to make your voice heard on important healthcare topics and to gain experience navigating the submission process for medical journals. We will present the UBCMJ Distinguished Writing Award (and a $250 honorarium) to the strongest article submitted for this issue.