The ENGAGE Initiative

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) has launched a new initiative--the ENGAGE initiative--to highlight the research being conducted in osteopathic medical schools and to engage faculty and students in scholarly writing. We want to give each college of osteopathic medicine a chance to show the world who they are, what they do, and how they are preparing the next generation of America’s health care workforce.

In the May 2016 issue of the JAOA, we introduced the first installment of the ENGAGE Initiative with articles from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. We hope our readers find this work and future ENGAGE installments inspiring, and we hope these articles will engage faculty and students at other COMs in our endeavor to showcase the exciting scholarly activity in osteopathic medicine.

We know there are outstanding scientists, clinicians, and educators at our colleges who would like to disseminate their work to a broad audience. The JAOA is the vehicle for that dissemination. We are a 115-year-old scientific journal that should reflect the vibrancy of scholarly activity in osteopathic medicine. Our monthly electronic tables of contents are received by 135,000 clinicians and scientists, and The Journal has been experiencing growth in numerous areas. Our audience is principally generalist physicians, but our media reach is global.

In an effort to promote the scholarly activity of every osteopathic medical school, the JAOA has reached out to the deans of each osteopathic medical school and branch campus to share their school's work with this broad community. We are interested in highlighting the scholarly work that is being done and how that reflects the mission of the college or university. We invite basic scientists to submit papers that review the body of their work and how it impacts human health. We invite those involved in education to submit papers describing the innovative work they may be doing in the education of health care professionals and teamwork in medicine. We invite clinicians to share manuscripts citing the best evidence in their fields.

Our goal is to highlight a college in each issue of the JAOA with an introduction to the mission and vision of the school (see the May 2016 editorial for an example), accompanied by highlighted scholarly manuscripts by students, faculty, or alumni. Submissions may vary, and we encourage creativity in engaging the schools' teams. Visit the JAOA's list of article categories to determine where the school's submissions may fit best.

The JAOA editorial team would be happy to work with schools and their authors to develop a plan. If you have any ideas or questions, please feel free to contact Audrey Lusher, Director of the JAOA, at or (312) 202-8169.

Please note that all submissions will go through the normal peer review process, but the JAOA may expedite the publication timeline to meet the planned issue.

Featured Osteopathic Medical Schools

  • May 2016: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • July 2016: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • November 2016: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • May 2017: Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • August 2017: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA

[Updated August 2017]


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