The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ; was established in 1923 and is Canada’s oldest student-run peer-reviewed medical journal. The UTMJ is open-access online and has a circulation of over 1500 print copies per year. This year, we are celebrating the publication of our 98th volume and are currently inviting submissions for our March 2021 issue on Social Determinants of Health.

Social determinants of health became even more evident in the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically impacted populations and healthcare systems worldwide. We believe that this issue will bring forth areas that are worth exploring in relation to the social determinants of health including but not limited to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underserved and marginalized populations, current issues in racism, poverty, unequal access to health care, lack of education, stigma, and the wider impact on health economics. We encourage submissions from students, researchers, and policy makers with various perspectives so that we can present a balanced, objective, and comprehensive discussion on this important and timely topic. We hope that this issue will inform our international readership about contributing factors of health inequities and identify priorities for future research. 

We are currently accepting submissions to the following sections of the UTMJ:

  • Original Basic, Clinical, or Epidemiological Research
  • Perspective Articles and Commentaries 
  • Reviews
  • Medical Education
  • Case Reports 

The deadline for article submissions is November 16, 2020. Articles can be submitted through our website at The UTMJ also accepts submissions on topics outside of the current theme of Social Determinants of Health on a rolling basis. An honorarium will be awarded to the top three student submissions in the amounts of $100, $75, and $50. 

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reading your submissions.

Yours sincerely,

Yuliya Lytvyn and Maleeha A. Qazi


University of Toronto Medical Journal

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