in-House Themed Writing Contests

By submitting to one of the in-House theme issues, you will automatically be entered into a contest for each month, with the winner chosen by the editorial board and the public. Each month’s contest is associated with a monetary award and a dedicated biography on

Please send your submissions, or any questions, to the editors-in-chief at




Social Medicine: February 2017

Social medicine: the study of the complex interplay of social, genetic and environmental factors and their collective impacts on health, disease and the practice of medicine. We dedicate our February 2017 theme issue of in-House to exploring health disparities, social justice, and the social determinants of health in modern medicine.

We seek submissions on all topics within social medicine, including personal reflections on how societal ills have affected the care of your patients, your own challenges with inequity within the medical profession, descriptions of projects you have executed to advocate for patients, and beyond.

s/p The Match — One Year Later: March 2017

This March, interns will be one year status-post The Match. As the PGY-2 year fast approaches, we seek reflections from interns on the transition from medical school to post-grad life, expectations of intern year versus the reality of intern year, and on the trials and tribulations of your first year as a practicing physician.

Whether it be advice for the incoming class of interns, or meaningful patient stories that shaped your year, or your tips for personal wellness, or snippets from your personal notes or journals, we seek all reflections on the formative first year of being in-house.

Arts in Medicine: April 2017

April is National Poetry Month, so we dedicate our April 2017 theme issue of in-House to the arts. Simply, we seek resident- or fellow-produced art in any medium, including but not limited to traditional media, music, photography, poetry, prose, film, dance, or any other form of artistic expression.

Mental Health: May 2017

Burnout. Resiliency training. Mindfulness. These are buzzwords that are ubiquitous in the training of housestaff, a response to distressing stories of resident suicide in recent years. In honor of Mental Health Month, we dedicate our May 2017 theme issue of in-House to the mental health of physicians-in-training.

We seek reflections from the front lines of medicine, from residents and fellows, on your successes and struggles in maintaining your mental health while in training. Submissions may also include innovative projects on promoting housestaff wellbeing. We are also seeking reflections from loved ones of residents and fellows, and their perspectives as an outsider looking in to the physician profession.