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Final Call for Submissions: Becoming a Doctor Essay Contest



Thursday, May 28, 2015

This is the final call for the Becoming a Doctor Essay Contest. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 1.

The selected winner of this creative writing contest will receive up to $1,000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2015 AAP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, September 16-19, 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 currently enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting in September. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 2,000 words or less.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: June 1, 2015

For additional inquiries, contact Dr. Heidi Combs, Medical Student Education Caucus chair, at

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