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Medical Student Essay Award



Created to honor outstanding academic promise

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Due to the cancellation of the 2020 AAP Annual Meeting, there have been adjustments made to the 2020 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest award benefits.

PLEASE NOTE: 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. Opportunities will be available for the 2021 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest beginning January 1, 2021.

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 The work must be an original unpublished essay of 2000 words or less.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 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 in the Medical Student Essay Award. Online applications for this award will re-open January 2021.

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