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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.

Prizes

  • First prize: $2,000
  • Second prize: $800
  • Third prize: $550
  • Honorable mention: $250

Winning essays will be published in future issues of The Pharos

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
  • 2014

    • First prize: "In the Hollow of Her World: Healing and the Defiance of Illness in Christina’s World" by Amy Huang, class of 2017 at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
    • Second prize: "The Lullaby" by Steven Krager, class of 2014 at the Creighton University School of Medicine
    • Third prize: "23andWe: How Can Doctors Decode Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing?" by Melissa Pritchard, class of 2017 at the Boston University School of Medicine
    • Honorable mention: "The Six-Million Dollar Physician: A History of Robotics Making Surgeons Better, Stronger, Faster" by Marc Polacco, class of 2014 at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

    2013

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    2010

    • First prize: "Attuning to Equilibrium: Physician as Artist, Artist as Physician" by Eliza Miller, class of 2012 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • Second prize: "The Monsters of Medicine: Political Violence and the Physician" by Amanda Redig, class of 2010 at Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
    • Third prize: "A Modern Epidemic in a Historic City: Tackling Diabetes in Old Delhi" by Syed Mahmood, class of 2010 at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    • Honorable mention: "That Which We Carry with Us" by Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack, class of 2011 at the University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences Pritzker School of Medicine
    • Honorable mention: "Going First" by Susie Morris, class of 2010 at Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
    • Honorable mention: "Stroke in Black and White" by Srijita Mukherjee, class of 2011 at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

    Updated on May 18, 2016.


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