Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works


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Impact of Integrating a Unified Population Health and Systems Thinking Curriculum into a PA Program

This study shows the impact of a three-part population health and inter-professional education (IPE) curriculum on Physician Assistant (PA) students' knowledge and experience of population health and systems thinking (PHST) and to promote a team-based approach to patient care and improve patient health and preventative services.

Authors: Halley Barke, Georgia Luckey, Christy Hamilton, Taylor Sutton, Tracey Smith, Janet Albers

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SIU Journal of Medicine Science Scholarly Works (JMSSW) is an academic, online, peer-reviewed forum for the exchange of philosophies and research in the healthcare field with an emphasis on team-based care and inter-professional work environments. Professional staff from SIU School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Medical Science Degree (DMSc) Programs manage the journal. 

JMSSW is published two times during the academic year. A 12-member board of SIU System faculty and staff reviews submissions, with a minimum of three members per article. 

Aim and Scope

The SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works is to represent the knowledge base, research paradigms, and publications contributed by faculty, students and those working in team-based care to literature in the Physician Assistant profession and inter-professional health care field. All article submissions are peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board and the SIU Physician Assistant Studies faculty. 

Submit your research

Help launch the PA community into the future of healthcare! If your research meets our aim and scope and features insights into PA profession, education and patient care, or insights in team-based patient care and inter-professional healthcare efforts, send it to us. We'll review it and potentially publish it in an upcoming issue.

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may submit an article for review and potentially be published.

A . Physician Assistant and Doctor of Medical Science students and faculty in SIU Medicine PA program. 

B. Certified Physician Assistant in clinical, administrative or educational role

C. Certified Nurse Practitioner in clinical, administrative or educational roles

D. Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy or Pharmacology working with PA professionals

E. Other healthcare professionals working with PAs or PA related advocacy and patient care

F. Ph.D. educators in healthcare related sectors (i.e. Pharmacy, Public Health, Behavioral Health, Orthopedics, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Orthodontics and Dentistry, Radiologists, Healthcare Law and Public Safety

G. Students seeking healthcare and medical related degrees within the SIU System

If you do not meet any of these criteria but still feel your research is relevant to the aim and scope of SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly works, You may receive permission from the editorial board to submit and article. Contact for more information.

If you meet the following criteria on type of research and qualifying individuals, follow these steps to submit your research.

1. Create and activate an account with OpenSIUC

2. Go to the Research Paper section and click Submit Research in the lower left hand corner of the maroon navigation bar

3. Follow the instructions to fill out the form and upload your document.

4. Click Submit

If you have questions or concerns you can go to OpenSIUC help page or contact the editors.

  1. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). 

Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication.

  1. The author(s) stipulate that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) 

  2. The author(s) agree not to submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works

  3.  Follow ALL formatting criteria listed in the formatting requirements section (See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details)

  • Submit an electronic version of the article in one of the following formats:

    a.  High-quality Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file

    b. Microsoft word document (doc or docx)

    c. WordPerfect file

    d. Rich Text Format (RTF) file

Please note: OpenSIUC, can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version that can be widely used and opened. OpenSIUC Technical Support

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.      

  1. All submissions must be in English. Authors should use proper, standard English grammar.
  2. Copyedit your work
  3. Submissions should be a single file, word or pdf (include all tables, figures, etc.)
  4. 8.5 x 11-inch pages
  5. All margins 1 inch (including tables, figures, etc.).
  6. 1.5 spacing throughout
  7. Font:  
    • Main Body – 12 pt. Times New Roman or closest comparable option.  
    • References – 12 pt. Times New Roman or closest comparable option.


    • Pages numbered consecutively, right aligned in the header.

    • No colored text

  8. Use only high-resolution figures, tables, etc.
  9. Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading.
  10. No extra space between headings and paragraphs.
  11. Headings should be bold type and all CAPS (e.g., BOLD CAPS).
  12. Tables and figures should appear where they are referenced in the text whenever possible. Large tables or graphs may appear on their own page.
  13. Mathematics: Italicized  
    • Roman letters in mathematical expression should   
    • Short expressions typed inline.  
    • Long expressions should appear on their own line.  
    • Avoid unusual symbols or notation.
  14. References:
  • Single space within the citation and double-space between citations.  
    • No hanging indents  
    • Include complete references in AMA style at the end of the work, beginning on the final page.  
    • include in text citations.

For more information on submission and formatting rules see: Our Policies page or OpenSIUC FAQs.

Upon submission, you will receive two automatic emails noting the submission was successful, one from OpenSIUc and one from the JMSSW editorial board.

You will receive notification of possible selection into the JMSSW by a member of the editorial board no less than XX days from your submission.

If your article is not selected for publication, you are free to submit to other journals. 

If your article is selected for publication, you will work with the editorial board on any changes to your written work using their provided suggestions.

For questions and concerns, contact

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Masters Program

Student Case Reports

Each summer a selection of SIU Physician Assistant Studies student final master’s research projects are nominated for publication in an upcoming issue of SIU Journal of Medical Science: Scholarly Works. These published Case Reports showcase the academic and clinical excellence of our students while giving them a  major competitive edge in the job market and maintaining SIU's long standing legacy of providing hands-on experience and research opportunities.


A Case Report should recount an interesting, atypical, surprising or otherwise remarkable patient care experience, including a discussion of the presentation, intervention, and outcome. Authors should discuss clinical reasoning and supportive medical science related in the case.

Any third-year student in the Physician Assistant program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is eligible to be nominated. 

Nominations are based off of Final Master's Poster Projects.

Nominations are made by the students' committee chair near the completion of the final poster project. Upon nomination, each student will be notified and provided more information regarding deadlines and submission processes. 

Nominated students are free to consult their committee chair and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. 

ALL Case Reports must have documented patient consent for publication. Authors must submit a completed "Authorization to Use and Share Protected Health Information for Case Reports" form with their Case Report Submission. You can download the form below or visit here to find it.

  • Case Report titles should be engaging but clearly represent the case.
  • Case Reports should be 1500-2000 words excluding references. Word limit is not strict. Word count may be exceeded if important facts require further explanation.

The manuscript should include the following sections: 

  1. Case
  2. Discussion
  3. Conclusion (optional to discuss patient outcome)

Do not include and INTRODUCTION.

  • CASE section may include:

Chief Complaint, Focused Differential Diagnosis, History of Present Illness, Pertinent Review of Systems and Patient History, Physical Exam, Diagnostic Results, Diagnosis, and Treatment with appropriate discussion of clinical reasoning throughout.

  • DISCUSSION section may include:

Disease Process Research, Continued Clinical Reasoning, Prevalence, Morbidity, Mortality, Epidemiology, Etiology, Risk Factors, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy (brief and only what is necessary), Integrated Medical Concepts, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnostic Criteria, Medical Treatments(s), Prognosis, Patient Education, and Prevention.

  • Optional CONCLUSION may include:

Patient Progress, Final Patient Outcome, and Wrap-Up of Key Concepts ("Take-home" message) to include 3-5 points

Case Reports are not meant to serve as complete reviews of the literature, nor are they appropriate for discussion of standard diagnosis and treatment of common conditions.



The articles contained in the SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works (JMSSW) did not contain research involving human or animal participation. No specific permission was required for the research. Articles accepted for this journal were reviewed by a committee composed of DMSc faculty and SIU System Employees. All articles submitted were approved in compliance with the JMSSW rubric developed for peer review evaluation. All submissions must be approved by at least three reviewers for acceptance to the journal.


Users of the OpenSIUC website and/or software agree not to misuse the OpenSIUC service or software in any way.

The failure of OpenSIUC to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between OpenSIUC and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

The authors retain all copyright of the article in consideration for publication in the SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works. Faculty and students of SIU School of Medicine Physician Assistant program are encouraged to submit their work to other publications upon completion of all course requirements.

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of OpenSIUC, requires credit to OpenSIUC as copyright holder (e.g., OpenSIUC © 2023).

Any text, citations, quotations, figures, tables, images, or graphics generated from AI, machine learning, or similar algorithmic tools cannot be used in any publications produced by the SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works (JMSSW) without the explicit permission from the editors. In addition, an AI program cannot be an author or artist in a JMSSW publication. Violation of this policy constitutes scientific misconduct.  

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from OpenSIUC provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.


People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors at


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Become a peer-reviewer

To be come a peer reviewer for the SIU Journal of Medical Science Scholarly Works you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold an advanced and/or terminal degree and work in a healthcare related.
  2. Have at least 5 hours to dedicate per 14-day review period.
  3. Fill out and submit the below form to the editorial board by the current volume deadline. 
  4. Attend a once-yearly virtual meeting, dates and times will vary from year-to-year.

Contact the editorial board at for more information.

Current peer-reviewers

  • Use the following form as a guide to review all articles. 
  • Please review and complete the evaluation form, then return it to Each evaluation should take no more than 14 days to complete and return
  • Reviewers will be selected for one complete volume (two issues within one year)
  • Direct all questions and concerns to
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