Namey/Burnett Preventive Medicine Writing Award

Application Checklist | Submission Guidelines | Suggested TopicsAward Criteria | Application


Sponsored by the ACOFP Foundation, with winners selected by the ACOFP Health & Wellness Committee, the Namey/Burnett Preventive Medicine Writing Award honors the memory of Joseph J. Namey, DO, FACOFP, and John H. Burnett, DO, FACOFP—dedicated advocates for osteopathic medicine—and recognizes the best preventive medicine blog posts submitted by osteopathic family medicine students and residents. Applications are now open. Applications are due by December 31

Application Checklist

For your application to be considered by the ACOFP Health & Wellness Committee, the following items must be submitted:
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  • Completed application
  • 1,000–2,500-word submission
  • Headshot suitable for publication

Submission Guidelines

Your 1,000–2,500-word blog submission should include:

  • Up to 25 references (following AMA style)
  • Up to four tables, figures or images
  • Four to six keywords

Please note that all tables, figures and images must be original or permission from the publisher must be included as part of the application.

The Health & Wellness Committee welcome submissions of the following types:

  • Reviews
    Blogs of this type are detailed, critical surveys of published research relevant to clinical problems. 
  • Narrative Reviews
    Blogs of this type include a clear objective and a description of the data selection and exclusion process. Such reviews should also provide a description of the condition being reviewed, a summary of common problems in diagnosis and treatment, and a discussion of new theories in the medical literature for improving patient care.
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Reviews
    Blogs of this type address the tenets and principles of osteopathic medicine. They should be based on solid research evidence and formatted to provide concise, helpful information that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice. 

Suggested Topics

Looking for inspiration? In addition to reading past submissions on the ACOFP blog, review suggested topics below from the Health & Wellness Committee:

  • Health care in immigrants and foreign-born individuals
  • LGBTQI+ and other underrepresented community care
  • Exercise counseling in the elderly
  • Communicating effectively when advocating for preventive medicine
  • Primary prevention for the pregnant patient

Award Criteria

Award submissions should follow the blog post guidelines and all applicants must be current ACOFP resident or student members. 

Papers will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Pertinence to osteopathic family physicians and patients
  • Writing skill

Prizes include:

  • 1st Place: $2,000
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place: $500