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 conferences, editorial fellowships, essay contests, and professional organizations that may be of interest.


John P. & Kathrine G. McGovern Awards at McGovern Medical School for medical students conducting outstanding research.
Deadline: March 1, 2023

Students wishing to participate in the McGovern Awards competition must submit their research poster and abstract to Linh Trinh by March 1. This award was established in honor and appreciation to the McGovern Foundation and Mrs. Kathrine G. McGovern.

Drs. Emil and Anna Steinberger Awards for outstanding research in reproductive medicine.
Deadline: February 28, 2023

The Drs. Emil and Anna Steinberger Endowment provides awards for graduating senior medical students who have completed outstanding research in the broad areas of reproductive sciences, including basic, translational or clinical research. If you know of a student or have mentored a student who has accomplished such research consider nominating that student for this prestigious monetary award ($2,000+). Nominations are due to Dr. Mary Horton in the Medical Student Research Office at McGovern Medical School by February 28. Nominations for these awards are open to students who have done work to study reproductive medicine, including community and public health studies.

Dorothy Summers Visual Art Prize
Deadline: March 31, 2023

The Stanford Medical Humanities and Arts Program at Stanford School of Medicine is proud to announce the first annual Dorothy Summers Visual Art Prize. The award is named in honor of Dorothy Summers, mother of Dr. Audrey Shafer, founder of the Standford Medical Humanities and Arts Program. Dorothy Summers was a visual artist and costume designer who inspired both of her daughters to pursue their dreams in art and medicine. The award’s theme is, “Art Related to Health Care Experience,” and is open to all clinical health profession students, trainees, and faculty, including but not limited to, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and occupational therapists. There are monetary prizes totaling $1,000 for first, second, and third place.


According to the Arts explores how the arts contribute to understanding illness and its effects on lives.
Bioethics Today is the blog of the American Journal of Bioethics.


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 2023 deadline for fellowship applications to be announced.


2023 Pulse Writing Contest
Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine is holding its 2023 writing contest, centered “On Being Different” as the theme. The contest is open to health and mental health professionals, patients and caregivers, and students in the health and mental health professions. The contest purpose is to heighten awareness and deepen understanding of differences among us, with a goal of fostering more sensitive and compassionate communication, teaching, teamwork, and care. The first place winner will receive $1,000 with runner-up awards totaling $2,000. Submissions should be no more than 1,200 words and true accounts on personal or observed experiences. Entries are due by March 31, 2023.

2023 TACWT Student Contest
The Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers is offering multiple awards for student writing submissions. The contest is open to creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prose should not exceed 15 pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point font) or 6 pages across 3 to 5 poems for poetry entries. More details

Hektoen International Medical Student Essay Contest
Medical humanities journal Hektoen International offers this annual award to medical students at all levels of training—undergraduate medical students, medical interns and residents, and fellows. Two awards are given: $3,500 to the grand prize winner and $2,500 to the runner-up. Essays can be on any topic related to medicine; however, art, history, and literature are preferred. Essays should be 1,200 words and submitted no later than March 15, 2023, at noon CST.

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 2023 submission deadline is March 7.

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 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 2023 Essay Contest is March 13.

John Conley Ethics Essay Contest
Offered by the AMA Journal of Ethics, authors may submit an essay responding 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. Details for the 2023 contest are to be announced.

Pediatrics SOPT Essay Competition
This year’s theme is “Races Against ACEs,” with all pediatric trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows) welcome to submit essays. Essays must reflect on one or more question prompts given. The submission deadline is April 14, 2023, and the winner will be invited to present at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and have their essay published in Pediatrics.

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.

2023 Gold Student Summer Fellowships
This fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health, developing skills to become compassionate, relationship-centered physicians. The application deadline is March 20, 2023, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.


Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities (link forthcoming)
Health Humanities Consortium

Bioethics in the Margins

A podcast about bioethics and medical humanities, highlighting marginalized voices and topics.

Journeys to Medicine: The Synapse Podcast
The Synapse Club at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is a group of aspiring physicians with a passion for storytelling and medical humanities. Journeys to Medicine is the official podcast of GCSOM’s Synapse.

The Clinic and The Person
Developed to attract the attention of healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and others who are interested in the plights of people with specific health problems aided through knowledge and perspectives the humanities provide.

The COVID Ethics Series
This series relies on the idea that challenging ethical issues are best addressed by many folks, from diverse backgrounds, practically reasoning together.

The McGovern Center maintains a database of various publications in the humanities, ethics, and medical education. The database is accessible in Google Drive: