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Building Trust Essay Contest
Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association & ABIM Foundation
Medical students have lot to say about building trust with their schools, faculty, peers, patients, and communities. How can we discover what activities or projects medical students are engaged in that build trust?
The Building Trust Essay Contest asks medical students to engage in a reflective writing exercise that illustrates an experience where they built, lost, or restored trust in a health care setting. Submissions must address the topic of trust and may touch upon students’ personal experiences of leadership, mentorship, health equity, faculty relationships, etc.
The Building Trust Essay Contest is open to medical students at accredited schools of medicine in the United States. Submissions must be an original, unpublished essay of 750 words or less. Essays must be written in English and only one submission per student will be accepted.
An independent panel of judges, to include a mix of medical students and faculty, will review and select up to five winning essays. Up to 10 honorable mentions will also be awarded. Essays will be judged on the following equally weighted criteria:
- Content and connection to the topic of trust
- Quality of writing and clarity of thought
- Novelty of the message
- Opportunity for others to learn
How to submit
We are not currently accepting submissions. Details about the second annual Building Trust Essay Contest will be released in early 2023.
2022 Essay Contest
- Clarice Douille, Creighton University School of Medicine
- Veenadhari Kollipara, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
- Paul Lewis, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Armaan Ahmen Rowther, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Suman Vadlamani, UT Southwestern Medical School
- Nicholas Wilson, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Andres Diaz, Editor of AMSA’s The New Physician, MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
- Marianne M. Green, MD, FACP, Vice Dean for Education, Raymond H. Curry MD Professor of Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
- Shan Jin, AMSA Academy Chair, a third-year medical student at the NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
- Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine
- David Reuben, MD, Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UCL
- Michael Walls, DO, MPH, AMSA National President, graduate of Touro University California