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Physical Therapy Student Essay Contest

Dec 17, 2019

Last updated: October 5, 2020

ACAPT's Consortium for Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (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 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:  

2020 is defined by crises and uncertainties related to the COVID- 19 pandemic and racial tensions. These impact the moral, social, political and economic foundations of our world, nation, and the profession of physical therapy. Navigating one’s professional identity and formation during this time is undoubtedly challenging, and you may have had unexpected, yet impactful interactions as a result.

Describe an experience that significantly impacted your professional growth and identity as a future physical therapist, with respect to the public health crises of racism and/or COVID-19.  What about this encounter was instructive? In what ways did this experience enlighten your perspective on one or more of the core values of our profession?

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 Submissions must include an original, unpublished personal narrative as well as a short (3-4 sentence) personal bio that includes the student’s current academic institution.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 October 5, 2020 – January 8, 2021. Any submissions sent in after 11:59 p.m. EST on January 8, 2021 will be considered late. Late submissions will not be reviewed. The winner and two finalists will be announced spring of 2021.

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.

How to submit:

  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • All submissions should be sent as a single email attachment to CHEP.JHR.essay@gmail.com  by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 8, 2021.
  • Submissions should follow these formatting guidelines: twelve-point font, double-spaced text. Narratives in both PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx) will be accepted.
  • 800 word limit.
  • As the winning personal narrative, as well as two finalists, will be published in a future issue of JHR, we ask that all personal information such as individuals’ names other than the author’s and specific locations be de-identified.

Learn more about ACAPT's Consortium for Humanities, Ethics & Professionalism (CHEP) here.

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