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Viable Op-Med Topics

Op-Med is a collection of original articles contributed by Doximity members.

Last updated: June 2023

We are always open to specialty-specific articles, particularly those targeted at an internal medicine, neurology, or oncology clinician audience.

Please note: We are not currently open to articles on burnout or social media/ChatGPT.

If you would like to write for us but don’t know where to start, feel free to refer to the below list of topics that we are currently open to. This is not an exhaustive list, and should be taken as a place to brainstorm from.

Lessons Learned and How-Tos

Life and career advice from clinicians, for clinicians.

  1. 5 Things I Wish I Knew About X — Example ideas: taking a research/gap/MPH year during med school, opening a private practice, switching specialties, coding a medical encounter, taking efficient notes for the EMR
  2. Lessons learned from popular culture/media, lectures, clinical experience, or people you’ve encountered in medicine (mentors, patients, students, etc.) — Examples: Feedback is a Skill You Practice ; Vulnerability as Superpower
  3. How to talk to your patient about X — Example ideas: medical conspiracies, getting second opinions, off-label treatment, alternative treatments, taboo subjects. Example for pediatricians: addressing dangerous trends like TikTok challenges; how to talk to teens about substance use 

Challenges in Medicine

Examining the issues in medicine that you, your colleagues, and your patients face.

  1. Practical ways to address challenges in health care, or solutions-oriented discussion of issues in medicine — Example for surgeons: ergonomics, disability insurance, how you take care of your body
  2. Recommendations/guidelines/training standards you don’t agree with — Example: Wake Up Pediatric Patients

Patient Encounters

  1. Examining what role patients should have in their health care — Examples: Medical Gaslighting ; Paternalism ; Patient Choice
  2. Patient care or patient experiences through a specific lens: rural medicine; inner-city; disadvantaged population 
  3. Learning something new about a patient and how that changed your care for them — Example: He Didn’t Want Treatment

Primary Care-Specific Topics

  1. Treating long COVID patients
  2. The challenges that emerging street drugs may pose to primary care
  3. How PCPs can navigate weight loss and weight loss drugs: The role of a PCP in the weight of their patients; The complexity of helping a patient with weight loss when you as a PCP may not have control of your own weight; Discussion of at what point conversations shift from lifestyle change to medications; How to overcome patients' perceptions about weight loss drugs, e.g., some patients may need it, but may not want to take it. Others may not need it, but may ask for it. How do PCPs navigate all the new obesity meds?

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