Robert H. Moser Essay Award
2017 Robert H. Moser Essay Award: "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Physician Behind Sherlock Holmes"", by Stacy J. Kim, MD, fourth-year radiology resident in diagnostic radiology at Saint Louis University (graduating in June 2018) (AΩA, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013)
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2016 Robert H. Moser Essay Award: "Pan Am Professor", by Nicoline Schiess, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University
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To honor the late Robert H. Moser, MD (AΩA, Georgetown University, 1969). Awarded to one outstanding essay celebrating the life of a physician like Dr. Moser who has enriched the world through his/her career in medicine.
Dr. Moser organized and worked in one of the first MASH units during the Korean War. He was a pioneering flight controller for NASA during the Project Mercury and Project Apollo space programs, served as Chief of Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and treated patients at the Kalaupapa Leper Colony in Molokai. He was Chief of Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, editor of JAMA, Executive Vice President of the American College of Physicians and a member of The Pharos Editorial Board.
One award of $4,500 for an essay highlighting the life of a physician who has enriched the world of medicine. The winning essay will be published in The Pharos. The winning author must submit a W-9 form prior to issuance of the award check.
All physicians. AΩA membership is not required, however, AΩA members who submit an essay must have active status. Physicians on the AΩA Board of Directors or The Pharos Editorial Board are not eligible.
Entries must by received by October 1, 2018, and must be submitted via the online form.
The recipient of the Moser Award will be announced December 3, 2018.
Requirements for the Essay
- Essay must be an original work.
- The essay must be biographical, and either sketch out the life, or a particular highlight of the physician’s career. The physician written about may be of any nation, and from any time, including one still living. Essays may not be autobiographical.
- The essay must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages of 12-point type with minimum 1-inch margins, exclusive of reference listing. All pages must be numbered.
- Unique references, numbered consecutively, are limited to 20. Reference citations of websites are not acceptable unless a site is the sole source of the information or has official academic credentials. Examples of acceptable sites are official government web pages such as that of the National Institutes of Health.
- The essay must not have been offered to, or published by, any other journal or entered in any other contest.
- A committee of The Pharos Editorial Board will review the essays and select the winner on the basis of originality, scholarship, style and composition, and relevance.
Requirements for winning essay:
When notified of winning the award, the author must provide photo copy documentation of references as follows: title pages of all books cited; the first and last pages of book chapters cited; the table of contents of the particular issue of the journal in which a cited article appeared; copy of pages showing source of all quotations from the primary sources, including page numbers.
Essays not receiving the award:
Essays may be revised and submitted for standard review for publication in The Pharos.
Contact Jean Holzwart at (720) 859-4149 or email@example.com
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Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to upholding a high standard of professionalism, compassion and humanism in medicine. Patients should be treated with dignity and their privacy respected. We will not accept submissions to any of our programs that conflict with these values, or contain bigotry, or highly politicized content.
Updated on January 30, 2018.
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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
- Honorable mention: $250
Winning essays will be published in future issues of The Pharos
- 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
- First prize: “Dennett’s Echo” by Catherine Spaulding, class of 2014 at Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Second prize: “Words Beyond Death: Literary Form and Its Intentions in Paul Zweig’s Last Works” by Christopher Salib, class of 2016 at Meharry Medical College
- Third prize, tie: “‘Vital Amines,’ Purple Smoke: A Select History of Vitamins and Minerals” by Stanley Gutionov, class of 2015 at Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
- Third prize, tie: “Yes, I Can” Learning to Cope with Death” by YunZu Wang, class of 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
- Honorable mention:“Food Fight” by Matthew Molloy, class of 2014 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Honorable mention: “Healing, Harming, and Hippocrates: Physician-Assisted Suicide in Roman Medicine” by Felipe Fernandez del Castillo, University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Honorable mention: "Wet Dust" by Peter Daniel, class of 2014 at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
- First prize: "'My life, my soul, my body I owe to you and God': Harvey Cushing and the Patient-Physician Relationship as Seen through Written Correspondence" by Courtney Pendleton, class of 2012 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Second prize: "The AMA and Health Care Reform" by Allison Hinko, class of 2011 at the University of Toledo College of Medicine
- Third prize: "'You're Sick, We're Quick': Retail Clinics and Their Implications for the Future of the American Health Care System" by Adam Mikolajczk, class of 2011 at the University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine
- Honorable mention: "All About the Benjamins, Baby: The Impact of EMR on Billing, Coding, and Physician Reimbursement" by Charles Rutter, class of 2011 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Honorable mention: "Ulcers in Papua New Guinea: A Contemplation on Fairness" by Heather Relyea Ashley, class of 2011 at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
- Honorable mention: "Carlos Finlay, Walter Reed, and the Politics of Imperialism in Early Tropical Medicine" by Daniel Liebowitz, class of 2014 at the University of Vermont College of Medicine
- Honorable mention: "MD/MPH 'Dualies': The Case for Integrating Public Health and Medical Education and the Innovative Competition to Align Existing Schools to Meet this Objective" by Jonathan Ryan Barry, class of 2013 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
- 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 November 20, 2017.