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Scrub-In

Scrub-In is an OMA publication for Ontario medical students distributed to student members.

This award-winning publication provides a forum for any Ontario medical student to engage with their peers about personal and academic achievements, challenges and insights experienced throughout medical school. Tell us about your experiences on clerkship, advocacy and outreach efforts to improve patient care. Share tips on getting through medical school and study habits with your fellow students. Write about the techniques you use to reduce stress, manage finances, and anything in between! 

Article submission FAQs

Who can submit an article?

Scrub-In accepts article submissions from any Ontario medical student. You do not need to be a member of the OMA to have an article published in Scrub-In.

What are the general guidelines for submitting an article?

Articles should be approximately 1,000 words maximum and appeal to a broad range of medical students. Articles must be original content. Material that has already appeared online or in another publication will not be accepted. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration in a future issue of Scrub-In, please email your story idea and other pertinent details to Kim Secord at kim.secord@oma.org.

Photos, images, graphics

Please submit original photos, charts or graphics to complement your article. Images should be supplied in colour as high-resolution JPEG or EPS files (300 dpi), or high-resolution PDF with fonts embedded. Alternatively, Scrub-In will source an image to accompany your article.

How will I know if my article will be published?

Authors will receive an email confirming if their article will be published and will have an opportunity to review the typeset version and offer feedback before the magazine is printed.

What citation/reference style does Scrub-In use?

Citations/references must appear in numerical order at the end of article submissions and appropriately referenced in the text. References should conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals style, commonly referred to as Vancouver Style.

Who retains the rights to articles published in Scrub-In?

Scrub-In retains the rights to all published material as well as all material that is subsequently posted on oma.org. Articles appearing in Scrub-In or on oma.org may not be reproduced in whole or, in part, without the written permission of the Ontario Medical Association.

What happens if my article does not appear in the issue I requested?

Scrub-In often receives a surplus of articles for consideration. Your article may be considered for the next edition.

Year after year, Scrub-In has been recognized for outstanding achievement in the publications/magazine category at the Hermes Creative Awards—an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. In 2020, Scrub-In once again received the Gold Award. The Gold Hermes is a tribute to our medical student authors who write inspiring and compassionate articles about their experiences and challenges in medical school and the journey to becoming a physician.

Do you have a story to share?

Articles for Scrub-In will be considered for publication on or before the following deadlines:

Winter 2021 Issue: October 15

Submit an article