Writing Contest

The following award programs recognize medical student achievement.

Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest
Hope Babette Tang-Goodwin, MD was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, whose devotion and generosity to the care of the children and infants with HIV infection in New York City was an inspiration to her colleagues and her students. Her approach to medicine combined a boundless enthusiasm for her work, intellectual rigor and deep compassion for her patients. In sum, Hope was a Gold DOC – an exemplar of excellent, compassionate and respectful patient care.
2017 Essay Prompt:
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity (Pema Chodron)
Using the quote as a reflective prompt, write an essay based on a true story or anecdote that illustrates an experience where you or a team member worked to ensure that humanism (compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care) was at the core of medical practice.
Deadline: March 24, 2017
in-Training Online Magazine for Medical Students

in-Training (in-training.org), the online magazine for medical students, is looking  for medical students of all class years to submit pieces for publication in the peer-edited magazine. All forms of writing/artistry related to medical school are accepted: scholarly articles, opinion pieces, even poems.  Since going live in July 2012, 850 articles from 300 writers at 120 institutions in seven countries have been published. in-Training has been featured on NPR, USA Today, and the Scientific American blog. 

All students are invited to visit in-Training at in-training.org and subscribe to the monthley newsletter. Please contact 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 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.