American Association for the History of Medicine Osler Medal Essay Contest

The William Osler Medal is awarded annually for the best unpublished essay on a medical historical topic written by a student enrolled in a school of medicine or osteopathy in the United States or Canada.

Eligibility: All students who are candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy, or are graduates of the class of 2017, are eligible.

Essays may pertain to the historical development of a contemporary medical problem, or to a topic within the health sciences related to a discrete period in the past and should demonstrate either original research or an unusual appreciation and understanding of the problems discussed. The essay (maximum 9,000 words, including endnotes) must be entirely the work of one contestant.


The writer of the winning essay will be invited to attend the 2017 AAHM meeting, (date and location TBD), where the medal will be conferred.  Reasonable travel expenses will be provided, as will a two-year complimentary membership in the AAHM. If the Osler Medal Committee also selects an essay for honorable mention, its author will receive a certificate and a two-year complimentary membership in the Association.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or submitted electronically via e-mail to Dr. Dale Smith at Check website for exact date in January 2017.
American College of Physicians Abstract competitions

Abstracts are divided into five categories: Clinical Vignette, Basic Research, Clinical Research, High Value Cost Conscious Care, and Quality Improvement - Patient Safety.

Eligibility: All first authors must be ACP Resident/Fellow Members or ACP Medical Student Members in good standing to submit an abstract.

National winners are awarded a monetary prize to offset the cost of attending the meeting, and finalists are invited to compete on-site in the poster competitions for monetary prizes.

Deadline: December 2016 by 5:00 pm EST. Check website for exact date.

ΑΩA Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards

Purpose: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society instituted this competition to encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine.

Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active AΩA chapters (Class of 2017 or later), but need not be members of AΩA. Only one entry may be submitted by each student.

Funds: $2000 first, $750 second, $500 third, and honorable mention awards of $250 each. Prizes will be paid after the receipt of required documentation.

Entries must be sent by online form no later than January 31, 2017 by midnight, PST.

ΑΩΑ Pharos Poetry Competition

To encourage medical students to write effective poetry using imagery and rhythm or rhyme to structure the poem. See "What Poetry Does" for more help in writing effective poetry.


Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active AΩA chapters or associations (Class of 2017 or later), but need not be members of AΩA.


$500 first; $250 second; $100 third, honorable mention $75.

Deadline: Entries must be sent by online form no later than November 30, 2016 by midnight, PST.
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Essay Contest
Purpose: In 1,000 words or fewer, drawing on real life experiences explain "What does it mean to you (and your patients) to be a steward of medicine?"  
Eligibility: Authors must be enrolled as a student at an accredited medical school.
Funds: $1,000 first; $500 second; $250 third
Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program provides educational programs, leadership training, and funding for outstanding fourth-year medical students for a four-year period. Students must make a commitment to the specialty of family medicine. The funding program is designed to reimburse a portion of medical school debt incurred by the student by the conclusion of the required three-year residency. The Foundation is especially interested in students who exhibit the highest levels of skill, compassion, and leadership.


Only applicants who in the fall of 2017 will be entering their fourth year (full-time) in a U.S. medical school will be considered. Applicants must have declared family medicine as their specialty. Applicants will be judged on commitment to family medicine, leadership qualities, academic performance, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and involvement in serving others. The Foundation Board requires each applicant to complete an interview with a local family physician.


Although the scholarships are intended to reduce the level of medical-school-related debt, financial need is not a consideration. The maximum scholarship award is $28,000. The scholarship award for each year will be paid in August. Funds will be distributed during the remainder of medical school and during the three-year residency.

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Pritzker Poetry Contest

The Pritzker Poetry Contest aims to recognize and celebrate the humanistic side of medicine and to foster compassionate patient care at all levels of training and practice. The UCM community will be invited to engage in the first round of judging of all of the poems, which will be held anonymously.


The 2016-2017 contest will be open to all University of Chicago Medical Center personnel – medical students, residents, faculty, nurses, technicians, ancillary staff, etc. – who have a UC Hospitals account or CNET ID.


Four monetary prizes ranging from $1,000 to $250 will be awarded to the contest winners.

Deadline: January 27, 2017
Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest for Medical Students


The Medical Student Essay Contest was established to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students.  The submissions have covered a very broad range of topics and issues in psychiatry.


Entries may include topical essays, case reports, review articles, or original research that was conducted in medical school for which the student was first author (first author essays must have been published within the past 12 months of date of current submission). Entries will be judged on creativity, knowledge of psychiatry, style, and contribution to understanding important problems in any of the biological, psychological, or social dimensions of psychiatry.

There is no entry application fee and no standard format or length restriction for entries. All entries should be a single file and be submitted electronically. The file name must include the student’s last name. All submissions must include a cover letter and a title page with the student’s contact information (must include both e-mail address and phone number). These should be included in the same file along with the essay submission.


The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and two runners-up will be awarded $250 each.


Application currently closed.  If you have questions, contact Sonya Kirkland at 513-558-4866 or email

AMA Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship

Purpose: Scholarship awarded to a student who is a graduate of a high school in Southeast Alaska.
Eligibility: Must be a current medical student who graduated from a high school in Southeast Alaska and has consistently earned academic honors.
Funds: $5,000
Deadline: June 17, 2016, by 5:00 PM CST

AMA Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund


For students with a commitment to addressing the needs of women and children.

Eligibility: Current medical students
Funds: $10,000

AMA Minority Scholars Award

Purpose: To award scholarships to twelve students from groups who have historically been underrepresented in the medical profession.

Students of African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino first or second year medical students.

Each medical school nominates two students.

Funds: $10,000
Deadline: Check website in early 2017 for exact deadline.

AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship

Purpose: To award rising fourth-year medical students, based on academic excellence, and financial need.
Eligibility: Current fourth-year medical students.
Funds: $10,000
Deadline: 2016 scholarship cycle is open. Contact the Financial Aid Office for  application details.