Editor in chief: Rafael Álvarez-Cordero
Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM,
Facultad de Medicina
Web page: http://www.medigraphic.com/fac-med;
Price: Annual subscription: $400.00 MXP (no single issues are for sale)
Profile and Contents
The Revista de la Facultad de Medicina offers original articles on observation and clinical research, monographic essays on subjects of interest due to their frequency or to the fact that they have made progress recently as wll as reflections on controversial topics or on topics deserving conceptual consideration. Additionally it includes regularly pharmacology and immunology updates for general physicians, clinical cases and cases from the Comisión Nacional de Arbitraje Médico (National Medical Arbitrage Commission), history and and philosophy of medicine, and news from the UNAM and the Facultad de Medicina. All this besides offering a space to publish letters to the editor.
Its intended audience includes physicians who are devoted partially or full time to the practice of general medicine, offering herein useful, practical material of a medium-high level of scientific complexity, with emphasis on frequent clinical aspects and without forgetting the theoretical side of physiopathological explanations, cutting-edge topics and innovative concepts in all fields of the medical sciences.
Revista de la Facultad de Medicina appeared for the first time in 1959. Edited by Rodolfo Rodríguez Carranza (from Basic Sciences), this journal intended to have original research sources. However, not being registered in the Index Medicus, in Current Contents or in the Índice de Revistas Mexicanas de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Mexican Index of Scientific and Technological Research of the National Council of Science and Technology), researchers felt little inclined to use it as a means to publish their works.
In 1996, Alejandro Cravioto designated Manuel Quijano as its editor, and decided to turn iit into a tool of continuous education which would supplement the activities of the already existent Coordinación de Educación Médica Contínua (Subsystem for Continuous Medical Education, UNAM, Mexico) in order to enhance contact between the alumni and their alma mater.
The result was a database including thirty thousand names and addresses of physicians from throughout the country, all of whom were asked to forward their personal information in postage-paid cards, in case they were interested in receiving the journal. This effort brought about a reliable list of twenty thousand physicians. The circulation of the journal was increased from one thousand to twenty-one thousand copies, turning it from quarterly into a bi-monthly publication, in order to respond to the information needs of health professionals from all over the country distant from academic and teaching centers. Since then, 500 copies are distributed among officials and department heads of the Faculty of Medicine, as well as to collaborating authors, clinical education centers and some 400 libraries and health institutions.
Luis Felipe Abreu (Unidad de Posgrado e Investigación and General Secretariat of the Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico), Joaquín López Bárcena (Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico), Javier Rodríguez Suárez (Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico), Manuel de La Llata (Academia Nacional de Medicina, México), Alberto Lifshitz (Academia Nacional de Medicina, México), Felipe Mota (Academia Nacional de Medicina, México), Librado Ortiz (Academia Nacional de Cirugía, México), Gloria Bertha Vega (Experimental Medicine, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico), María Eugenia Ponce de León (Coordination for the Study-plan Modification, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico) and Arturo Ruiz (Coordination of Community Services, Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico).
Bibliografía Biomédica Mexicana, Centro de información Científica y Humanística (CICH), Sistema Regional de Información en Línea para Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal (Latindex) and Índice de Revistas Mexicanas de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Irmicyt).
Achievements and Awards
The consolidation of its distribution with a circulation of twenty-one thousand copies of each edition at a national level. The journal has been published uninterruptedly during 53 years.