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2015 Medical Student on Becoming a Doctor Essay Contest

Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry will provide up to $1500 in travel expenses if a Dalhousie student wins the contest. 

The selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive up to $1000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2014 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 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 The work must be an original unpublished essay of 2000 words or less.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 rebecca.tamas@louisville.eduand 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 Rebecca Tamas, MD, Medical Student Education Caucus chair, at rebecca.tamas@louisville.edu.