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.

2017-2018 Prompt:
Will be announced soon!

The winner of the contest will be presented with a $500 scholarship provided by Dr. Roberta Gebhard, DO, 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! The winner will also be guaranteed a travel grant to facilitate this.

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

Applications will be accepted from December 15, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Email completed essays as an attached document to
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. 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. If selected, applicants give permission to publish their essays in the Peer Reviewed Medical Student Press Journal!

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 winner, Soumitri Barua from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University!

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