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Writing for SDN

Created August 17, 2014

Thank you for your interest in writing for SDN.

Publication Guidelines

We publish 1,000 – 2,000 word feature articles on our main page Monday through Friday.

Below are examples of the types of articles that are published:

  • How-To: An overview article that provides tips for pre-health or health professional students, such as “Staying the Course: A Guide for Messing Up,” which provides advice for how to manage application issues like a bad grade.
  • Doctor Profiles: A “20 Question” interview with a physician or other doctoral level health professional (dentist, podiatrist, etc.), such as this interview with Dr. Gary Flashner.
  • First Person Narrative: A story talking about one particular student’s experience, tied to a larger issue for our membership. Examples include the “Life as a Re-applicant” and “Alternative Spring Break
  • Health care policy: Generally an interview with a health care policy maker, such as the interview with Dr. Geyman on universal health care.

In addition to submitted articles meeting the guidelines above, we also have expert “how-to” articles that are contributed on a regular basis, such as the “Successful Match” articles.  We are open to articles that don’t fit exactly within these guidelines if we think they will be interesting to our membership.  Where possible, we also ask that authors provide an image (minimum size 300 x 250 pixels) to be used for the article, such as a photograph of a “20 Questions” interview subject.


We do provide an honorarium* to authors based on article length.  This honorarium is NOT provided in the case that an author is receiving other benefits from the article publication, i.e., publicity for a blog or book.

Article Publication Process

To submit an article, please enter a ticket and specify the Topic as “Articles” or email your submission to [email protected].  Please describe your writing experience and attach the article you would like to be considered.

Please note, it may take up to two weeks for an editor to respond to your proposal.

In order to support our Health on the Net (HON) certified status, all articles are reviewed for content by the SDN Editorial Board  made up of health care students and professionals prior to publication.   The Editor-in-Chief reviews feedback on a regular basis and compiles a publishing schedule once per month. You will be informed as quickly as possible if your article has been accepted for publication. Some articles not immediately selected for publication will be returned to the author with feedback. Authors may resubmit articles once for reconsideration with edits based on feedback.

If accepted, your article will be scheduled for publication by our editorial team.  Publications dates can change without notice.  Every effort will be made to provide final edited versions of articles to authors for review and approval prior to publication; however, the SDN editorial team reserves the right to publish an article with minor grammatical editing without additional author approval.

Honorariums, if applicable, are provided following article publication.

*NB: We are able to pay honorariums either via check to a US mailing address or via  a PayPal account. You must be able to receive payment via one of these methods to receive an honorarium from SDN.

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