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Medical Student Essay Award



Created to honor outstanding academic promise

Tips for Nominations
Award Recipients

Your award includes complimentary registration for the AAP Annual Meeting, and up to $1,000 reimbursement for meeting-related travel and meal expenses.

The theme is: The Art of Communication in Psychiatry: Connecting with the Patient.


Submission Requirements
The contest is open to any student who is both currently enrolled in an accredited medical school (US, Canada, or anywhere in the world) and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting September 6 - 9, 2023. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 1,000 words or less. Due to an overwhelming response, ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER STUDENT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The top essay may be considered for publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal in "The Learners' Voice" section. Essay winner does not guarantee publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal. Please review the publication criteria when writing your essay here. Refer to MANUSCRIPT TYPE & GUIDELINES #8 The Learners' Voice.

Essays should be submitted electronically by clicking the link below. Please include a cover page with the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • Name of Medical School where enrolled, year in school
  • Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email Address

Selection Criteria

Judges will be blinded to the participant and affiliated medical school. Judging will be based on originality, uniqueness, flow of thought, and appropriateness to the theme.

Thank you for your interest. 

Submissions for the 2023 Medical Student Essay are now OPEN. Please click here to access the AAP Abstract & Award Submission Portal.

Once you have entered the portal, please create or enter your login information. Then select START AN AWARD SUBMISSION BOX. From the dropdown box, select MEDICAL STUDENT ESSAY AWARD and complete the form as directed. You can save your information at anytime and return to it in your dashboard at a later time. However, your submission WILL NOT SUBMIT until you select the SUBMIT MEDICAL STUDENT ESSAY AWARD button. 

For additional inquiries, contact James R. Haliburton, MD, at