CHEP joins the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR) to sponsor a judged writing competition designed to encourage deep thinking by students about the role and value of humanities, ethics and professionalism in academic training and professional life. The first annual CHEP/JHR Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest offers a creative opportunity to ignite critical reflection in PT students across the nation about ways in which approaching patient care in a holistic manner improves patient outcomes.
Essay Prompt:Getting to know your patient is an essential step in providing excellent care. Write a personal essay (not to exceed 800 words) about a time when finding out something about your patient that would not usually be considered medical information led to an improved healthcare outcome and/or patient experience.
Prize Description: The winner of the Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest will receive $250 award from the ACAPT CHEP. Additionally, the contest winner and two finalists will have their personal narratives published in a future issue of JHR.
Eligibility and Required Materials: All students currently enrolled in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program are eligible to apply. Submissions must include an original, unpublished personal narrative as well as a short (3-4 sentence) personal bio that includes the student’s current academic institution.
Timeline: Submissions will be accepted from November 15th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018. Any submissions sent in after 11:59 PM (EST) on January 5th, 2018 will be considered late. Late submissions will not be reviewed. The winner and two finalists will be announced spring, 2018.
Judges: Submissions are reviewed by a selection panel comprised of our guest judge(s), JHR Editorial Board and CHEP steering committee. Submissions are judged upon their engagement with the prompt, narrative structure, and attention to language.
Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
All submissions should be sent as a single email attachment to CHEP.JHR.firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 5th, 2018.