Medical Student Division

Linda Brodsky MD Essay Award

The Linda Brodsky MD Essay Award, honors the women who have mentored, inspired, and encouraged young students to become physicians.  Dr. Linda Brodsky was a pediatric otolaryngologist in Buffalo, NY and a lifetime member of AMWA.  She had been a role model and mentor to many physicians throughout her career.  In 2000, she became an activist for fair treatment of women physicians, after winning a lawsuit against her university and local hospital for Pay Discrimination. Through her business, WomenMDResources, she helped women physicians “get the jobs they want, the pay they deserve, and not become prisoners of their careers.”  She was co-chair of the AMWA Gender Equity Task Force with Dr. Gebhard in 2013, but passed away in February of 2014 after sustained a subdural hematoma from a fall.

The winner of the contest will be presented with a $500 scholarship provided by the Linda Brodsky Memorial Fund at the Annual Meeting and will have their peer reviewed essay published as the featured essay in the next edition of AMWA’s Linda Brodsky Memorial Journal, a Medical Student Press Journal.  It is not necessary to attend the annual meeting to receive the award, but it is certainly encouraged!

Select non-winning essays will also result in peer reviewed publication in the AMWA’s Linda Brodsky memorial Journal.

The 2020-2021 prompt:

2020 has been a challenging year. Please reflect on your experience by answering one of the two prompts:

  1. COVID-19 has an ongoing impact on the socioeconomic and physical health of not only patients, but also providers. The pandemic has also made health care disparities more apparent. What are your personal reflections on the pandemic as it pertains to medicine and what are the lessons you have learned this past year? 
  2. The loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and numerous other innocent Black lives to police brutality is tragic. Students, particularly our Black student members, have been expected to continue their clinical and academic duties while attempting to process these traumatic events and while living in fear for their own lives as well as the lives of their loved ones. Racism is wide spread and we, in medicine, are not immune. How do you plan to continue the antiracism dialogue and how will you combat racism as a future physician?

Applications will be accepted till December 1, 2020. 

Email completed essay as an attached document to awards@amwa-student.org.

Please keep essays under 1000 words. All applicants must be national AMWA medical student members. Please include with your essay your full name, medical school, year in school, and first year of national AMWA membership. Be sure to include a title for your essay. Please also include a professional headshot and a short bio (less than 175 words). Winning essays will articulate the applicant’s tools and strengths used to overcome adversity, as well as what was ultimately gained and learned from the experience. They will also have superior writing style in terms of grammar, organization, style and tone. The impact the experience described had on the applicant will also be evaluated. All applicants will receive email notification of receipt of application. By submitting an essay, all applicants give permission to publish their essays in the Peer Reviewed Medical Student Press Journal.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 winner of the Linda Brodsky MD Essay Award, Alyssa Brown from University of Louisville School of Medicine ! All winning essays are featured in AMWA’s Linda Brodsky Memorial Journal, courtesy of The Medical Student Press!

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