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Medical Student Essay Award



Created to honor outstanding academic promise

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The selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive up to $1,000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2021 AAP Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado September 8-11, 2021, where s/he will present the essay. 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 in the United States or Canada and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 1,000 words or less.

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. The winner must be able to attend the Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting as indicated above.

Thank you for your interest. 

CLICK HERE: Submissions for the 2021 Medical Student Essay are now OPEN!

DEADLINE: June 1, 2021

For additional inquiries, contact Heidi Combs, MD, Medical Student Education Caucus Chair, at