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The purpose of this contest is to examine the influences of history, ethics, cultural perspectives, literature, creative writing, philosophy, sociology or other frameworks on medicine, the practice of medicine and the human condition.
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Two $1,200 awards will be given to the best submissions that examine a significant issue in medicine using ethical, historical, or cultural perspectives. This competition is open to all medical students and physician assistant students enrolled in the UI Carver College of Medicine. In order to maximize the value of the award, and to be consistent with UI financial policies, the award will be applied as financial aid to reduce your student loan debt (if you are a student receiving full financial aid) or it may be used to help support professional development such as conference registration/travel to a conference of interest to you. Outstanding submissions will be original work based on sound research, personal experience, or other methods of analysis relevant to the specific discipline involved. When citations are appropriate for a given type of submission, bibliographic references may include primary documents, peer-reviewed academic books and articles, and published essays and commentaries.
This writing contest is designed to encourage thinking and analysis beyond the traditional areas of the basic sciences in order to broaden students' understanding of medicine and medical practice. Submissions should examine medical issues and the human condition within the context of history, ethics, cultural perspectives, literature, creative writing, philosophy, sociology or other frameworks. Submissions can be either non-fiction or fiction, e.g. essays, short stories, biographical or autobiographical prose, reviews, or potentially other text based creation. Submissions will be judged on their originality, organization, clarity, accuracy and creativity. One submission can be entered per author. Submissions should be 2500-5000 words in length, double spaced with 1-inch margins in a 12 point font (approximately 12 to 20 pages).
When citations are used, any academic note reference and citation style is allowed as long as page references are provided to specific quotations and sources of information. The style used by JAMA (see "References" in JAMA's Instructions for Authors at http://jama.ama-assn.org/misc/ifora.dtl ) is appropriate.
Send completed submissions electronically using the form below by midnight on the deadline date listed above. Submissions must begin with a title page containing a title and date. The information on the submission form will be removed so that the submissions may be evaluated anonymously.
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