Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Award
Stanley M. Kaplan, MD, was an alumnus of the UC College of Medicine and a member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience faculty from 1954 until his death in 2011.
In 1992, Dr. Kaplan established the annual Stanley M. Kaplan, MD Medical Student Essay Contest to encourage improved writing and research skills among medical students.
All U.S. medical students are invited to submit an original written work to the content. Entries may include topical essays, case reports, review articles or original research. Entries will be judged on creativity, knowledge of psychiatry, style, and contribution to understanding important problems in any of the biological, psychological, or social dimensions of psychiatry.
First Prize: “Associations of Childhood Adversity and Adulthood Trauma with C-Reaction Protein: a Cross-sectional Population-based Study,” by Joy Lin at University of California, San Francisco.
Second Prize: “Suicide Education in the University of Colorado Medical School Curriculum” by Sarah Allexan at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado and “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: Coincidence or a Cause for Worry?” by Stuart McCarter at University of Minnesota.
First Prize: “MAD WOMEN: A Brief History of a Twisted Differential Diagnosis,” by Arya Shah at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota.
Second Prize: “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead: On Fear, Narrative, and Writing with The Terminally Ill” by Richard Froude at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado and “Psychodynamic Case Conference Presentation” by Penelope Carter at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia.
First Prize: "Identification of Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs Across the Developing Human Brain" by Mark Ziats at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Second Prize: "Biopsychosocial factors in rampage violence - nature or nurture?" by Amy Huang at State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York and "Neurofunctional Changes in Adolescent Cannabis Users with and without Bipolar Disorder" by Samantha Bitter at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.