Writing Contest

The following award programs recognize medical student achievement.

American Medical Student Research Journal
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.

The Gold - Hope Tang, MD 2016 Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest

Reflect on the following quote and write an essay of 1,000 words or less based on the prompt:


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

Talk about a time when you or a team member had to step back and practice self-care while helping a patient.


All essays must be submitted through the online form here.


For more information regarding the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, please visit the website.

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.