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Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards

Begun in 1982, this award is annually awarded in early May. All medical students enrolled in schools with active AΩA chapters are encouraged to apply. The purpose of this award is to encourage medical students to sit down and write well-crafted creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine.


  • First prize: $2,000
  • Second prize: $800
  • Third prize: $550

Winning essays will be published in future issues of The Pharos


  • First prize: "The Price of Pills: A Brief History of the Kefauver-Harris Amendment" by Reid Wilkening, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Second prize: "The Louse Manifesto" by Prisca Alilio, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Third prize: "Don Ze Pill" by Rebecca Grossman-Kahn, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2018

  • First prize (tie): "Medicine's Uncompromising Champion of Racial Justice" by Vidya Viswanathan, class of 2019 at Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Second prize (tie): "Hope in Hopeless Causes" by Ethan Song, class of 2021 at University of South Florida
  • Third prize: "A Gift Undeserved" by Jacob Abou-Hanna, class of 2020 at University of Michigan
  • 2017

  • First prize (tie): "Medicalization of the Sexually Peculiar: Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl and the History of Transgender Medicine in the 20th Century" by Brit Trogen, class of 2018 at the New York University School of Medicine
  • First prize (tie): "Color Blindness an Its Illuminations" by Rebecca Shulman, class of 2018 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine of Temple University School of Medicine
  • Third prize: "A Phantom Disease" by Rachel Stern, class of 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • 2016

  • First prize: "The 20th General Hospital: A Case Study in the Reach of Formalized Medicine During the Second World War" by Christopher Magoon, class of 2018 at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Second prize: "History of Present Illness (HPI)" by Liat Bird, class of 2016 at Boston University School of Medicine
  • Third prize: "The Slavery Hypertension Hypothesis: A Seriously Flawed Explanation for the High Prevalence of Hypertension in African Americans" by James Comotto, class of 2018 at the University of Maryland
  • 2015

  • First prize: "Shakespeare’s Macbeth: an Insight into Politics, Religion, and the King’s Touch in Reformation England" by Fleta Bray, class of 2016 at the University of Miami
  • Second prize: "Art in a Time of Chronic Illness: the Effects of Systemic Sclerosis as Seen through the Works of Paul Klee" by Grace Prince, class of 2015 at the University of Virginia
  • Third prize: "In an Instant" by Maya Armstrong, class of 2018 at Ohio State University
  • Honorable mention: "From Medical Student to Midwife: The Day I Delivered My Daughter On Our Bedroom Floor" by Kevin Lowder, class of 2016 at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Honorable mention: "Breaking the Oath: Why Physicians Torture" by Taylor Brooks, class of 2018 at the University of Cincinnati
  • Updated on May 9, 2019.