Call for applications

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems have faced unprecedented systemic challenges. Training in health systems science, the third pillar of medical education, has empowered medical students and residents to find ways to contribute to the response. The 2020 AMA Health Systems Science Student and Resident Impact Challenge will be focused on how medical students and residents across the country have applied health systems science to impact patients, physicians and health systems during the pandemic.

Submission criteria

Submissions from individuals or teams should show impactful learner-led activities or projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and describe the components of health systems science that informed those activities. The most impressive submissions will clearly demonstrate how the individual’s/team members’ training in health systems science influenced the project design—and will report measurable results.

The competition is open to all U.S.-based medical students and residents. Eligible projects should address one or more of the health systems science domains.

Qualifying submissions will be eligible for the following recognition:

  • Showcased in print in the 2020 edition of Medical Students and Residents Making an Impact. View the 2018 edition (PDF).
  • Winning author(s) will be invited to present their projects at the AMA’s next ChangeMedEd® conference, Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 2021 in Chicago.
  • 10 qualifying submitters (randomly selected) will receive $500.

Deadline: Sept. 21, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central.