2021 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest on The Art of Communication in Psychiatry

It is time for the 2021 AAP Medical Student Essay Contest on The Art of Communication in Psychiatry!

Please see below for specific details and forward this email to those in your organization that can get the word out to the students! Last year we had a record-breaking 88 submissions and I am hoping for even more this year!! The reason we had so many submissions was that so many of you got the word out!!

Please forward this to your medical students!!


  • $500 award
  • Essay presented as a virtual poster at Annual Meeting

This year’s selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive a $500 award. 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 September 8-10, 2021. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 1,000 words or less.

The top essay may be considered for publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal in “The Learners’ Voice” section. Essay winner does not guarantee publication in the Academic Psychiatry Journal. Please review the publication criteria when writing your essay here. Refer to MANUSCRIPT TYPE & GUIDELINES #8 The Learners’ Voice.

Students may click here to apply online. Essays should be submitted electronically as a .pdf upload 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.

Deadline for submission is June 1, 2021. No additional submissions for the 2021 Annual Meeting will be considered after that date.

For additional inquiries, contact Heidi Combs, MD, Medical Student Education Caucus Chair, at hcombs@uw.edu.