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Creighton Medical Student Wins National Essay Contest

Adam Pendleton, a fourth-year Creighton University medical student from North Tonawanda, N.Y., is the winner of the 2012 Association for Academic Psychiatry annual medical student essay contest. He will present his winning essay “What Lies Beneath” at the annual meeting of the association in October.

This year’s essay theme was The Art of Communication in Psychiatry: Connecting with the Patient. Submissions were judged on originality, uniqueness, flow of thought, and appropriateness to the theme. Pendleton’s essay reflected on a patient experience during his third-year rotation at Creighton University’s School of Medicine Regional Campus at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) focuses on education in psychiatry at every level, from the beginning of medical school through lifelong learning for psychiatrists and other physicians. AAP seeks to help psychiatrists who are interested in careers in academic psychiatry develop the skills and knowledge in teaching, research and career development necessary for success in the field.