AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

2015 Conley Ethics Essay Contest

The annual John Conley Ethics Essay Contest for medical students is supported by the John Conley Foundation for Ethics and Philosophy in Medicine.

Topic for 2015: Using social media to solicit organ donation

The combined ethics committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) issued a 2015 white paper explaining the ethical principles that should guide allocation of human organs. The white paper does not mention procurement of organs, other than to say that selling organs is prohibited.

Must procurement of organs also adhere to certain ethical principles? If so, which principles and why? In view of your argument, is use of social media to solicit organ donation ethical?

Instructions for Submission of Essays

Currently enrolled US medical students are eligible to submit essays for consideration. Essays must be 2,000 words or fewer, excluding references. They must be typed and double-spaced, with the author’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and medical school and class on a cover sheet—not on the essay pages; authors will be anonymous to the judges. Essays must be received as one e-mail attachment in Word, using the author’s last name as the filename. Authors of winning essays must be willing to revise their essays for publication in the AMA Journal of Ethics. Entries must be submitted by 5 pm CDT, Monday, October 12, 2015 to Kelly Shaw at kelly.shaw@ama-assn.org.

Please note: This contest question replaces an earlier scenario that was posted in May.