Guest Post Policy

I do accept guest posts and am eager to work with people looking to provide excellent value through high quality content to our readers. The target audience is physicians, dentists, health care professionals in general, and non-medical high-income professionals. In order to ensure that this site provides the level of content our readers expect, please follow these guidelines if you are interested in submitting a guest post:
  • 1. Originality
    Only original content will be published. Plagiarized material will not be accepted and will risk you getting banned from any interaction with this site. We expect the highest level of quality, creativity, and integrity from contributors and team members. It is considered valid to quote short excerpts of material from other authors as long as you properly cite the author and give them credit.
  • 2. English
    This site is written for an English-speaking audience. If English is not your first language, you should have someone carefully edit the article before submitting it.
  • 3. Well Edited

    Your submission should be your final draft. I will not have time to revise, edit, return, and then re-read multiple drafts of your article. I don’t mind making minor corrections or formatting the article to fit the site’s theme, but I don’t have hours to spend endlessly editing. Before submitting, edit your article for these things:

    • Content: Look around the site to see if your topic has been covered in detail previously. Duplications of prior articles will not be accepted, unless you have a fresh take or new perspective on the old topic.
    • Format: My team will format your article to fit the theme of this site. You can help get your article published in a timely manner by following the standard format of articles on this site. Avoid long paragraphs. Sections of the article should have titles that make it easy to follow. Most people scan to the end of an article before deciding to read the entire piece, so make sure your post is easy to follow for people who are scanning the article. Have a clear conclusion or set of take-away points for the audience to remember.
    • Grammar and spelling: Editing is incredibly time-consuming, and I just don’t have the time to go through and correct 100 mistakes per page. I recommend that you have someone with proofreading experience go through your article and edit carefully for grammar and spelling. If I start editing and find several obvious mistakes on the first page, I’ll send the article (unread) back to you for further editing.
  • 4. Appropriate to the site
    This is an all-inclusive site. Feel free to infuse your personal style into the submission, so long as it follows these guidelines. We welcome all voices to this site. However, posts containing material or references that are racist, sexist, bigoted, profane, overtly political, deliberately offensive, unnecessarily controversial, demeaning, or defamatory will not be accepted. Submission of such material risks the author being banned from any interaction with this site.
  • 5. Credibility
    You don’t have to be a blogger to submit an article. Anyone is welcome to submit an article for consideration as a guest post. I do expect that you are an expert on the topic about which you’re writing, or at least more of an expert than the average reader of this site. I’ll be more likely to be interested in posting your submission if I’m familiar with you. Interact with this site, leave some comments, and contribute to our mission of helping people learn to successfully manage a clinical practice and master their personal finances. In other words, give more than you take. If you have authored other articles or been a guest on other podcasts in the past, feel free to send me links to these materials for review. If your prior work is high quality, it will make your submission more likely to be accepted.
  • 6. “Evergreen” content
    Your article will likely be posted for many years, perhaps forever. Submissions should be written in such a way as to be relevant for 10 years or more. If your article’s topic is limited to a short-term issue or is likely to be irrelevant in 3 years, it likely won’t be accepted for publication.
  • 7. Length
    The length should be as long as you need to get your point across. A good rule of thumb for length would be 1,000-2,500 words. Some sites prefer short articles (500-1,000 words), but the topics we cover are typically more nuanced and require more in-depth exploration. Articles over 3,000 words or under 1,000 words will be considered, but I may recommend revision, depending on the topic.
  • 8. Links to other sites
    Please do not include affiliate links or links to other products and services in your submission. If there’s some product or service you think really needs to be included, let me know and I’ll review it to consider asking that company or person to be a sponsor or advertiser. You may link back to your own site. Articles written as long-form advertisements will not be published. The goal of your submission should be to educate, encourage, and equip our audience, not sell to them.
  • 9. Copyright
    By submitting your article for publication on this site, you are giving me the copyright on the material. Search engine rankings downgrade sites that have content which has been published elsewhere. If you submit the article to me for publication, do not post it on your site as well. You can post a link to the article on your site or marketing materials, and you can post a small excerpt on your site, but don’t repost the entire article on your site.
  • 10. Submission
    Send your submission to editor@thescopeofpractice.com. If you want me to take your submission seriously, please send it yourself rather than through a proxy. Please allow a minimum of 72 hours for a response. Once I’ve reviewed the submission, I’ll let you know whether the article is accepted, rejected, or needs revisions. Once accepted, you will be notified via email. I try to keep publishing content on a fairly steady schedule, so your post may not be published right away, depending on how many articles I have in the publication pipeline.

Ideas for Guest Posts

1. Personal finances

  • Investing (beginner, intermediate or advanced level)
  • College savings options
  • Navigating the challenges of various types of insurance such as disability, health, life (term only), auto, homeowner’s, renter’s, malpractice, identity theft.
  • Budgeting
  • Student loans and other debts
  • Teaching sound financial management to your kids
  • Estate planning
  • Financial topics unique to health care professionals

2. Practice management

  • Coding and billing
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Contract negotiation
  • Leading and teaching mid-level providers
  • Marketing
  • Social media use in your clinical practice
  • Owning and operating a solo practice
  • When to consider a private equity acquisition
  • Autonomy vs independence. Should you sell your practice or maintain control of it?
  • Side hustles such as medical expert witness work, blogging, speaking/teaching, writing, real estate investing, inventing, product creation, etc.
  • Direct primary care and concierge medicine

3. Specialist series

This is a series of articles written by specialists for specialists. The goal with this series is to offer recommendations that are germane to a particular specialty but which may not be applicable to medical professionals more broadly. For example, what is relevant to clinical practice as a pediatrician may not apply to a general surgeon or a psychiatrist. Articles submitted for this series should be written about your own specialty, for current or aspiring members of your specialty. Click here for a list of the specialties highlighted in the Specialist Series. If you don’t see your specialty in this list, let me know and I’ll create it for you. Here are suggestions for article submission in this series.

  • 5 things I wish I knew before I went into practice as a (fill in your specialty): This is the title for the first article in this series in each specialty category. If you look in your category on the Specialist Series page and don’t see this title, start with this.

  • Overcoming a challenge that is unique to your specialty
  • Why I decided to become a (fill in your specialty)
  • Unique joys found in your specialty
  • Best business practices for running a clinical practice in your specialty
  • Unique considerations for personal finances in your specialty

4. Early career and young professionals

  • Writing a CV/résumé
  • Interviewing skills
  • Finding the right job
  • Moonlighting
  • Transition from training to clinical practice
  • The student becomes the teacher

5. Personal growth and development

  • Teaching in and out of the classroom
  • Avoiding and dealing with burnout
  • Productivity hacks
  • Work-life balance

6. Leadership

  • Leading when you’re not in charge
  • Hospital administration
  • Serving on hospital committees
  • Quality management
  • Strategic planning for your business

7. Marriage and parenting

  • Strengthening marriage during medical school and residency/fellowship
  • Maintaining a healthy marriage after having kids
  • Training kids to be financially independent
  • Managing personal finances as a family
  • Dealing with conflict in a healthy way

8. Personal stories of success

  • Journeys to debt-freedom
  • Your strategies that led you to hit major financial milestones
  • Starting a new job, opening a clinical practice, or starting your own side hustle

9. Reviews

Reviews of books, podcasts, blogs, websites, and other publications that are relevant to our audience. See my Resources page for a list of the publications I have posted. If you don’t see a review of one of those resources, you can submit a review (500-1,000 words) for them. If you know of an outstanding resource that isn’t already on that list, feel free to write a review of it and send it to me for consideration. Please don’t submit reviews for your own publications.

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