Student Essay Contest

Submissions Due August 31, 2024

The Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and Family Health Foundation of Missouri are sponsoring a Family Medicine Student Essay Contest for MAFP student members with an interest in family medicine.  The theme of this year’s essay is The Future of Family Medicine. Submissions will be deidentified and judged by a selected panel of expert judges.

First, second, and third place prizes of $300, $200, and $100, respectively, will be awarded and published in the Missouri Family Physician quarterly magazine.  Additionally, winners will be invited guests of the MAFP Annual Fall Conference, November 7-9, 2024, at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, with lodging and conference registration sponsored.  Winners will be invited to present their paper at the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting on November 8.


  • Clear vision of the future of family medicine to include discussion of an emerging threat and/or opportunity to family physicians within a defined timeframe
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the 4 Cs of primary care – first contact, comprehensiveness, coordination, and continuity
  • Composition and grammar

Submission Process

All information must be submitted before August 31, 2024 by emailing

    • Open to MAFP student members currently enrolled in medical school
    • Essay limited to 500 words of content, submitted in Word format
    • Submissions after the deadline will not be considered
    • Winners will be asked for further information including:
      • Headshot for publication
      • Tax ID number