Year in review

The DO’s top 10 articles of 2022

This year was a great one for The DO and our contributing writers. We are excited to share this list of the most popular articles from 2022.

This past year was a notable one for The DO. In 2022, The DO was revamped to feature content that was created by DOs, for DOs. AOA leadership and staff worked with a new DO editor in chief, Vania Manipod, DO, and a 25-member editorial advisory board composed of DOs and osteopathic medical students to create a new and improved publication with a greater focus on DOs and their stories.

Top 10

Since the revamp, a large majority of The DO’s published stories have been written by an excellent team of contributing DOs, residents and osteopathic medical students. As the year draws to a close, we are excited to share with readers The DO’s top 10 most popular articles of 2022.

1. DO schools make U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 best medical schools lists

Each year, U.S. News & World Report publishes its lists of the best medical schools. Year after year, osteopathic medical schools are ranked on the lists in several different categories. This article highlights the DO schools featured on the 2023 lists (released in 2022). Notably, the lists demonstrate the critical role DOs play in providing primary care in many communities, especially in rural areas.

2. What happens when medical students don’t match

This Meet Your Match column by Michael Olek, DO, explains what options osteopathic medical students have if they don’t match in the NRMP Main Residency Match. Although it is rare for a student to not match and the SOAP process can be daunting, it is important to remember that resources and support are available.

3. Medicine as your Second Life: What happens when the game ends?

After years of practicing medicine, it can be difficult to handle the transition to a non-physician identity. Daniel J. Waters, DO, MA, in his Back Nine column, explores the challenges of leaving medicine and the joys of finding fulfillment outside of your career.

4. Pack your retirement go-bag now

Another Back Nine column by Dr. Waters discusses how to prepare for retirement to make the entire process easier. Dr. Waters shares his top tips for ensuring a smooth transition to retirement.

5. Top 10 holiday gifts for doctors and medical students

Kate de Klerk, DO, makes gift-giving easier with her top 10 holiday gift ideas for doctors and med students. From meal prep services to fashionable scrubs, there’s sure to be something for everyone on your list.

6. Physician burnout and the transition to nonclinical careers

In this Burnout column, Undine Vallejos, DO, explores the great challenges that physicians face on a day-to-day basis, and discusses the alternative careers some of them are transitioning to. Considering a career changes? “Networking is key,” says Dr. Vallejos, who shares additional advice in the article as well as a success story.

7. Start strong: Financial do’s and don’ts for med students and early-career physicians

In this Money Matters column, Seger Morris, DO, MBA, shares helpful financial tips for osteopathic physicians on every step of their journey, from med students to attending physicians.

8. The NRMP 2023 Match and ERAS timeline for residency applicants

This article shares a calendar that includes every important date in the 2023 match season, covering almost a year’s worth of major dates and deadlines.

9. Work for assets, not money

The second Money Matters column by Dr. Morris on our list features guidance on how physicians can take steps to become less dependent on their paychecks for income. Dr. Morris states that there are three fundamental steps on the path of financial freedom for most physicians.

10. Med school applications fall from last year’s highs back to pre-pandemic levels

This article explores how med school applications have gone down after jumping the previous year due to “The Fauci Effect.” This piece also discusses how applicants can stand out.

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