The DO is the news and features publication of the American Osteopathic Association. It gives osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students advice on how to navigate health care and a platform for expressing their views.

We welcome submissions from DOs, medical students, residents and other health care professionals who embrace the patient-centered philosophy of osteopathic medicine.

We recommend submitting a story idea before writing a draft so a content editor can help you shape your article, but we’re also happy to work with finished pieces. Familiarizing yourself with The DO’s content and voice can help you understand the types of topics and stories that work well on our site.

What we look for:

Short-form content (1,000-word maximum) that is newsworthy,  conversation-generating and/or informative.

The DO is open to covering new topics. Thoughtful ideas that advance discussion about issues important to our readers are welcome, as are the perspectives of medical students, residents and those in practice.

Topics we are especially interested in right now:

1.  Physician wellness and mental health

2. Opinions about issues in medicine, health care or public health

3. Advice for medical students and residents

4. The patient-physician relationship

5. Overcoming a career obstacle or setback

What we don’t publish:

The DO doesn’t accept fiction, poetry, attacks on individuals or organizations, long-form pieces (more than 1,000 words) or articles with footnotes (please link to your sources instead).

How to submit your story idea:

Email and use “Story: [subject]” as the subject line.

Briefly tell us about your idea and why it is relevant to our readers. Please let us know if you are submitting an article that has been published previously.

Contributors to The DO are not compensated. The DO staff will contact you to let you know the status of your story proposal.

Guidance for drafts:

If you have submitted a story idea that has been approved and you are now working on the draft, please keep your draft under 1,000 words. Please include subheads in your draft (example). Please provide links to all facts and statistics cited so The DO staff can fact-check them. Please do not include footnotes; please link to your sources instead. Please feel welcome to reach out to The DO staff or email if you have any questions or would like to discuss your draft further.

Thank you for your interest in writing for The DO!