10th Annual Pediatric Ethics Essay Contest

Who is Eligible:

The contest is open to all medical students, trainees, and pediatricians (including pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists). Those who are in residency or fellowship, or who have completed training within the last 5 years, are especially encouraged to submit entries. Individuals who currently serve on the AAP Committee on Bioethics or the AAP Section on Bioethics Executive Committee are not eligible to compete in the essay contest.


Essay Parameters:

  • Essays should focus on the educational theme of the Section on Bioethics NCE program. In 2015, the section’s focus will be “contemporary issues in perinatal ethics”.
  • Essays should be between 800 to 1600 words and 5-10 references. References are not included in the word count. Essays longer than 1700 words will be disqualified without review.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished works. Prior oral presentations and published abstracts are acceptable.
  • If multiple authors, the award will be shared. All co-authors should provide demographic information (training status, years in practice) and role in manuscript preparation.
  • Essays may range in approach from scholarly presentations to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or practice

Award: One award for 1st Place - $300 will be offered


Winners will be announced in October. The winning essays will be published in the Section on Bioethics Newsletter and on the Web site.

Please submit essays using the form below. Should you have any questions contact Anjie Emanuel at aemanuel@aap.org or 800/433-9016, ext 4979.

Previous winning essays can be found here.

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