Writing Contest

The following award programs recognize medical student achievement.

AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge

Students—How would you change medical education?

For its Medical Education Innovation Challenge, the AMA is seeking proposals from students on how to transform medical education to better prepare future physicians for the evolving health care system. The top three teams will win cash prizes, and their proposals will be shared with key members of the medical education community.

Who can participate: Teams of two to four students (an MD or a DO student must create and lead the team)

What are the prizes: The first-place team will win $5,000, and the second- and third-place teams will win $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. The first-place team also will be invited to present their innovation at the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium meeting in March 2016.

Deadline: December 11, 2015
American Medical Student Research Journal
Enid Balint Essay contest (2nd Biennial)

The American Balint Society (ABS) is hosting the 2nd Biennial Enid Balint Essay contest.  This contest is open to medical students and all other health care professional students and residents in the United States and Canada. The topic is "The Clinical-Patient Relationship - the therapeutic value of the clinical encounter." In keeping with the ABS mission, the contest intends to encourage students and residents to relfect on their patient encounters, and to inspire others in their caring relationships.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

For further information about this contact, please contact John R. Freedy, MD, PhD

in-Training, the online magazine for medical students at in-training.org, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit written and artistic works about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication.
Committed to authentically representing the medical student voice, in-Training is run entirely by medical students and serves as an outlet for budding physician-journalists, writers and artists at medical schools around the globe.
We are looking for students interested in writing about any topic relevant to the medical student community, including technology, policy, ethics, law, and literature. We are also looking for students interested in covering breaking news as reporters, writing in-depth columns about topics they are passionate about, managing our social media accounts, and artists, musicians, and poets to produce creative works for our Off the Shelf section.
No prior writing experience is required.
We invite students and faculty to visit in-Training at in-training.org and subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletter at in-training.org/newsletter. Please fill out our interest form here or contact us at editorinchief@in-training.org if you are interested in writing, editing or reporting for in-Training.
James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Please address some or all of the following questions:

  • Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer? Why?
  • What are some examples of “alternative therapies” and why do cancer patients use them when they are not FDA approved?
  • Should medicinal medicine and folk medicine have any relevancy in cancer?
  • It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market. Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?
  • What changes or improvements should be made in our healthcare system and the way we treat cancer in this country so that cancer is no longer the leading cause of death in Americans under age 85?

Scholarship reward is $1,000.00

Deadline: Scholarship awarded monthly, ten times per year

To receive a scholarship application which will include the rules and deadlines, please send an email to: aelliott@cancermonthly.com . Please put the word "Scholarship" in the subject line.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.
Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.
The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp.

Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards
Baylor College of Medicine announces the 13th annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards. This annual contest honors the legendary, preeminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey strongly advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching and intellectual life.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Envelopes for submissions should be marked: For the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Awards Program and sent to: Dr. David H. Berger.

The Intima article submission

The Intima is an electronic journal founded in 2011 to stimulate thought, reflection, and conversation about the intersecting worlds of medicine, humanities and art, in the context of individual clinical experiences across the spectrum of health and illness. The Intima invites medical students to submit; submissions can include scholarly essays or articles; non-fiction, personal narratives; fiction; field notes; poetry; studio art; audio or visual multimedia. The next issue will be published in July; submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is sponsoring its 34th annual poetry writing competition during the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition is open to students attending colleges of medicine or osteopathy in the United States or Canada. Preliminary judging will be done by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and final judging will be by Richard M. Berlin, M.D., psychiatrist and poet from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities will review the winning poems and consider them for publication. The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively. In addition, the three winners will be invited to visit NEOMED on April 22, 2016, to read their poems. All travel expenses will be paid by NEOMED's Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2015

Please contact Ann Williams with any questions.