AMSA’s award-winning magazine, The New Physician (TNP), provides comprehensive coverage of issues affecting medical education and health care. Unlike some association publications, TNP is not a house organ. It operates independently within AMSA and has an editorial calendar set a year in advance. Although the publication is produced by a professional staff, there are many ways you can contribute.
Submit a Query
- Interested in contributing to The New Physician? Have an idea in mind? We invite you to submit a query.
Creative Arts Contest
- Our annual Creative Arts Contest runs in our Summer issue, and includes photography, poetry, painting and short stories. Visit this page to submit for this year’s Contest.
Opinion and conversation
- Our Letters section includes letters to the editor about topics we’ve covered in the magazine, but it also includes short op-ed opinions. Generally, these letters are about 250 words in length. This is a great place to get involved with our magazine and start a conversation. While letters can be presented with minimal editing beyond “style and fit,” our staff can also work with letter writers to make sure their argument is presented well.
- This department, which is almost always authored by medical or premedical students, presents and defends a particular opinion or position in a longer form than our Letters section. However, because we have fewer slots for Perspectives pieces, we strongly encourage potential authors to send us a query describing the story they’d like to write and why they are qualified to write it. This will help us see whether the piece is a good fit for the department before the contributor has gone to the trouble of writing the story. Perspectives run between 600 and 1,000 words.
News and information on health care and medical education
- TNP’s feature stories cover a broad range of topics. Often, these stories will fit in with each issue’s theme. Most of our features are long-form, magazine-style journalism.
- As our opening section, H&P (for history & physical, the common and critical opening element of a patient encounter) provides readers with at-a-glance updates and easily digestible information about medical education, health care, and the lives of medical students.
- Authored by a member of the magazine’s staff or Editorial Advisory Board, Staff Note introduces the issue’s theme and highlights particular stories. It can also give readers a glimpse into how a particular story came together or explain a new development in the magazine itself.