Student Resources

We encourage students and trainees to publish their work and research. In the past, our medical humanities students have published reflections written during third-year journaling, collaborated on essays with faculty, and submitted opinion pieces to various publications. Those interested in publishing may want to consider some of these publication venues. Additionally, there are editorial fellowships and essay contests that may be of interest.
Editorial Roles
Editorial Fellows of the AMA Journal of Ethics
Medical or osteopathic students and trainees participating in eligible, accredited, US-based programs may apply to be an Editorial Fellow. The 2022 call for fellowship applications is open, with applications due by October 5.

Essay Contests
Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award
Offered by the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, students enrolled in medical schools with an active chapter or association of ΑΩΑ may submit essays for consideration. Cash awards for first, second, and third place range from $1,500, $1,000, and $850, respectively. The 2022 submission deadline was March 1.

Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest
Offered by the Gold Foundation, this annual essay contest asks medical and nursing students to engage in reflective writing to share an experience in which they or a team member worked to ensure humanism was at the core of care. Monetary awards are given for first, second, and third-place essays. Winning essays are selected by a panel comprised of healthcare professionals, writers/journalists, and educators. The essays are later published in Academic Medicine and The Journal of Professional Nursing. The entry deadline for the 2022 Essay Contest was March 14.

John Conley Ethics Essay Contest
Offered by the AMA Journal of Ethics, authors may submit an essay in response to a prompt about ethics and professionalism. The winner of the best essay receives a prize of $5,000 and will have their work published in the journal. Essays must be no longer than 1,500 words, and authors must be currently enrolled medical students (MD or DO), resident physicians, or fellows.

Annual William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University sponsors this annual poetry competition with monetary prizes awarded to the top-three winning poems. The selected poems are considered for publication in the Journal of Medical Humanities. Winning poets will also be invited to read their poetry at a formal awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the Health Humanities Consortium, held each March. Submissions are accepted through December 31, 2022.

Physician Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities


Venue Website
“A Piece of My Mind” in JAMA
“The Arts and Medicine” in JAMA
AAMC’s Aspiring Docs Diaries
Academic Medicine, Medicine and the Arts (MATA) section
AMA Journal of Ethics: Illuminating the Art in Medicine
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Poetry)
American Journal of Kidney Disease, In a Few Words section
American Journal of Medical Genetics, Essays section
American Journal of Undergraduate Research
American Medical Student Research Journal
Ars Medica
Bellevue Literary Review
Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine
Body Electric
British Medical Journal, Medical Humanities Blog
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience
Cell 2 Soul
Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine
Ether Arts
Family Medicine, Narrative Essays section
Harvard Medical Student Review
Harvard Public Health Review
HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature
Health Affairs: Narrative Matters
Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation
Hektoen International
Implementation Science
International Journal of Medical Students
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences
Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical Humanities section
Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation
Journal of Learning through the Arts
Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies
Journal of Medical Humanities
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Personal Reflection section
Journal of Young Investigators
Literary AMWA
Literature and Medicine
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, The Compass section
Medical Education
Medical Humanities (BMJ)
Medical Muse
Medical Science Educator
Medical Student Research Journal
Medicine and Meaning (UAMS)
Mosaic in Medicine
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Patient Education and Counseling
Pediatrics, Pediatric Trainees section 
Penn Bioethics Journal
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
Please See Me
Plexus: Journal of Arts and Humanities
Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine
Reflective MedEd
Reflexion: The Literary and Fine Arts Journal
Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)
Student BMJ
Survive & Thrive
Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal
The Lancet
The Examined Life Journal
The Healing Muse
The Human Factor
The Human Touch Journal
The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine
The Journal of Narrative Visions
The Lumen
The Medical Student Press Journal
The New Physician Magazine
The Pegasus Review: A Medical Literary Journal
The Perch
The Permanente Journal
The Pharos
The Student Doctor Network
Voices in Bioethics
Wild Onions
Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature