Building Trust Essay Contest

Building Trust Essay Contest

Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association & ABIM Foundation

Medical students have lot to say about building trust with their schools, faculty, peers, patients, and communities. How can we discover what activities or projects medical students are engaged in that build trust?

The Building Trust Essay Contest asks medical students to engage in a reflective writing exercise about their experiences with trust. This year, students are asked to tell a story that illustrates an experience where they or someone they know received, shared, or acted upon misinformation in a health care setting. Authors are encouraged to touch upon personal experiences with misinformation – how they have seen its effects on health care; how they have seen it spread; how medical students, residents, and practicing physicians may be contributing to the problem; and how they have participated in mitigating misinformation. In addition, authors may want to consider sharing what actions can be taken to build trust as an antidote to misinformation.

Submission requirements

The Building Trust Essay Contest is open to medical students at accredited schools of medicine in the United States. Submissions must be an original, unpublished essay of 750 words or less. Essays must be written in English and only one submission per student will be accepted.

Prize & Publication

Up to four winners will each receive:

  • An invitation to the ABIM Foundation’s annual Forum (July 21-24, 2023), which includes:
    • Travel to and from the conference
    • Three (3) nights lodging (Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights)
    • A stipend for meals and incidentals
  • Complimentary registration for AMSACon 2023 (June 15-17, 2023)

Publication/Promotion: Winning essays will be published in the July/August edition of The New Physician magazine. Winning essays and honorable mentions will be published on AMSA’s website, the ABIM Foundation’s website,, shared on social media, and in newsletter(s).

Selection criteria

An independent panel of judges, to include a mix of medical students and faculty, will review and select up to four winning essays. Up to 10 honorable mentions will also be awarded. Essays will be judged on the following equally weighted criteria:

  1. Content and connection to the topic of trust and misinformation
  2. Quality of writing and clarity of thought
  3. Novelty of the message
  4. Opportunity for others to learn

How to submit

Submit your essay by March 13, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time using this form.

Submit your essay.
(Deadline: March 13, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time)

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2022 Essay Contest


Honorable Mentions


  • Andres Diaz, Editor of AMSA’s The New Physician, MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
  • Marianne M. Green, MD, FACP, Vice Dean for Education, Raymond H. Curry MD Professor of Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Shan Jin, AMSA Academy Chair, a third-year medical student at the NYIT College Of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • David Reuben, MD, Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at UCL
  • Michael Walls, DO, MPH, AMSA National President, graduate of Touro University California