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Medical Student Essay Award



Created to honor outstanding academic promise

Tips for Nominations

The selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive up to $1000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2019 AAP Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts September 4-7, 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 The work must be an original unpublished essay of 2000 words or less.

Essays should be submitted electronically as a *.doc, *.txt or *.rtf email attachment to and should 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.

Deadline for submission was June 1, 2019. No additional submissions for the 2019 Annual Meeting will be considered.

Please visit this page in January 2020 for more details to submit for the 2020 Annual Meeting to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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