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.

25th Annual Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) Conference
March 2-4, 2023, in Atlanta, GA
Deadline: December 12, 2022
Call for Proposals: Students may submit their works in the subject area, for example, original historical primary research

Alden March Bioethics Institute’s 7th Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference
April 13-14, 2023, to be held virtually
Deadline: December 31, 2022
Call for Abstracts: Medical students may submit 350-word abstracts

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 deadline for fellowship applications has passed.

Essay Contests
Hektoen International 2022 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 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 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 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. The 2022 deadline has passed.

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 a compassionate, relationship-centered physician. The application deadline is March 20, 2023, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.


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

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: