2024 Conley Art of Medicine Contest


The AMA Journal of Ethics with support from the John Conley Foundation for Ethics and Philosophy sponsors an Art of Medicine contest for works in visual media that explore ethical dimensions of health or health care.

Visual media entries will be judged on ethical interest and importance of the content, aesthetic appeal, and its capacity to visually augment content in forthcoming issues of the AMA Journal of Ethics. Artist of winning entry is usually contacted within six weeks of the submission deadline. The winning artist will receive a prize up to $5,000.

Please visit here for more detailed information about contest rules.

Eligibility Requirements

At the submission deadline, entrants must be a(n):

  1. US MD or DO student in a LCME- or COCA-accredited school, (including in joint degree programs),
  2. Resident physician or fellow in an ACGME- or AOA- accredited program, or
  3. Early career physician who has completed advanced training (which can include a health care ethics, policy or humanities program) within the prior 5 years.

Only original entries by individuals are valid. Team entries or entries which reflect the work of more than one individual will be disqualified.

Entries must not have been previously published in print or electronic format and must not have been submitted to any other contest or publication.

Format Requirements

Entries must include a single contributor’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, medical school (and year in medical school) or specialty training program (and year in training program) on the cover page only. If a contributor’s contact information changes, it is the contributor’s responsibility to provide updated contact information.

Graphics (cartoon panels, drawings, paintings, for example) must be in jpg format with a file size limit of 32MB so that it might be easily sized to fit per our production design needs. If an image will lose clarity or readability due to resizing, it might be featured as a link to open in a new window on the journal site.

Within each submission, each entry must include a title, media used to create the art object, and brief (no longer than 50 words) summary description that clarifies each entry’s connections to ethics. For example, for a 5-part series of video shorts or still photographs on patient-physician relationships, the series would need a summary and each video short or photograph would need a title.

Entries must contain only de-identified information about patients, patients’ loved ones, or colleagues. Representations of all persons must be anonymized. Artists retain copyright of their original work, but will grant permission for the work to be published in the AMA Journal of Ethics this permission must be given by signature for unrestricted use in all versions of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Submission Requirements

Entries must be submitted to our online system. The submission must include the cover page. All materials must be submitted by 5 PM central time on 23 September 2024 as time-stamped when received by our online submission system. Contributors who have waited even until 4:55 PM, for example, to submit materials have occasionally been disappointed, due to transmission delays, so please plan accordingly.