AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge

Submission Deadline

Submissions are Closed


Alicia Davis


  • First Place $5,000
  • Second Place $3,000
  • Third Place $1,000

Winning submissions and videos will be shared with key education stakeholders.
The first place team will be invited to present its innovation at the spring meeting of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, March 6–8, 2016, Hershey, Pa.

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What if you were approached by a group of medical school leaders planning to develop a new medical school that was truly innovative and unlike any other in the country? These leaders are seeking your input as a student and asking how you would build the medical school of the future from scratch with no constraints. What would it look like? How would you turn med ed on its head?

In 4–5 pages describe an innovation that addresses what you think is an important aspect of the medical school of the future. This innovation can affect the infrastructure of your new medical school, students, faculty, curriculum content, technology and/or the learning environment. Most importantly, describe how your innovation leads to graduates who are prepared to meet the health care needs of the future.


  • Challenge launch: October 2, 2015
  • Informational Q&A webinar: October 30, 2015, 1 p.m. Eastern time
  • Submission deadline: December 11, 2015
  • Winners announced: February 2016

Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovativeness & creativity
  • Potential to improve the practice of medicine
  • Potential to improve outcomes for patients
  • Comprehensiveness of the answers to the proposed questions

Submission Requirements

A written proposal outlining an innovation and discussing the implications of that innovation in preparing medical students for the changing environment of our health care system. Proposals must:

  • Address an aspect of students, faculty, medical school infrastructure, learning environment, curriculum content and/or technology
  • Include a written statement of the innovation (4–5 pages)
  • Include a video explaining the proposal (90 seconds maximum)
  • Involve a team of 2–4 health profession or other students; not all team members need to be studying to become an MD or a DO
  • Be created by a team led by a medical student (MD or DO); all medical students on the team must attend a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

Proposals must also address the following questions:

  • What is the problem your innovation addresses?
  • Why does this problem need addressing?
  • What is the innovation to address the problem?
  • What resources are needed to visualize the innovation?
  • What resources are needed to make the innovation a reality?
  • What implications does the innovation have for the future training of physicians and practice of medicine?
  • Who will this innovation benefit?

Terms & Conditions

AMA Med Ed Challenge (the "Challenge")
Official Rules

SPONSOR: The sponsor of this Challenge is the American Medical Association, located at 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 39300, Chicago, IL 60637 ("Sponsor").

ADMINISTRATOR: The administrator of the Challenge is Health 2.0, LLC, 350 Townsend Street, #403, San Francisco, CA 94107 ("Administrator")

What if you were approached by a group of medical school leaders – physicians, educators, and administrators—planning to announce not only a new medical school in spring 2016, but one that was truly innovative and unlike any other medical school in the country? These leaders are seeking your input as a student and are asking how you would build the medical school of the future from scratch with no constraints. What would it look like? In other words, how would you turn med ed on its head?

CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION: The Challenge begins at 8:00 AM United States Eastern Time on Friday October 2nd, 2015 and ends at 5:00 PM United States Eastern Time on Friday, December 11th, 2015 ("Challenge Period"). Entry into the Challenge does not constitute entry into any other challenge or promotion, including, without limitation, other similar challenges or promotions offered by Sponsor and/or Administrator. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, Administrator, and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open to any team composed of a medical student lead together with other student(s) of any subject, where each of the team members is 18 years old or older as of their time of Challenge entry, and lawfully resides in either the United States or one of its territories and possessions. Each team must include no less than two (2) people and no more than four (4) people. Each team must be led by an individual who is currently and actively pursuing a degree in a school of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Each other member(s) of the team must be a student of any subject who can provide content area expertise for the proposal and who is currently and actively pursuing any degree in an academic program accredited by an institution acceptable to the AMA, including but not limited to other medical students. Only teams may enter the contest. Each team member must be clearly identified on the team's Official Entry Form. The medical student lead must sign the Official Entry Form and will be the only person eligible to receive a cash prize (unless that individual is found ineligible, as described below), even if more than one person has contributed to the Submission (as defined below). Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, each of their affiliates, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging, or administration of the Challenge as well as members of such persons' immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter go to the website located at ("Challenge Website"), 1) complete the Official Entry Form (including naming each team member and confirming that the lead is a medical student and each other team member is a student in any other subject, 2) submit your written Challenge entry demonstrating your submission's capabilities and functionality (4 to 5 pages) and 3) submit a video describing the submission (up to 90 seconds) (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Submission”) according to the instructions posted on the Challenge Website. Each Submission entered into the Challenge must meet the "Submission Requirements" (see below). Any Submission that, in Sponsor's sole discretion, does not meet the Submission Requirements will be disqualified. Once a submission is made, no changes or alterations to the Submission are permitted. Multiple submissions by a single team, or an individual on multiple teams, are permitted.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submissions must be received during the Challenge Period to be eligible. Administrator is the official timekeeper for the Challenge. No substitutions of Submissions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Submission is submitted. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the team member(s) who submitted the entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's and/or Administrator's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules, personal information collected in connection with the Challenge will be used by Sponsor in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy available at and by Administrator in accordance with Administrator's privacy policy available on and with any additional consent given by an Entrant (as defined below) at the time of entry. All entry information and materials, including any copy of the Submission submitted to Sponsor, become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by Sponsor and/or Administrator. Sponsor and Administrator assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Submissions.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION: By participating in the Challenge, each “Entrant” (consisting of the team and each of the team’s individual members, collectively) represents, warrants, and covenants as follows: (a) Entrant is the sole author, creator, and owner of the Submission; (b) the Submission is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim pertaining to the Submission; (c) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party; (d) the Submission does not and will not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as "malware," "viruses" or "worms"); and (e) the Submission, and Entrant’s use of the Submission, does not and will not violate any applicable laws or regulations, including, without limitation, applicable export control laws and regulations of the U.S. and other jurisdictions. If the Submission includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), Entrant must be able to provide, upon Sponsor and/or Administrator's request, all appropriate licenses and releases for such third party works. In the event Entrant cannot provide all required licenses and releases, Sponsor reserves the right, in Sponsor's sole discretion, to disqualify the applicable Submission, or seek to secure the licenses and releases for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in the Challenge. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from Entrant's Submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of Entrant hereunder. Sponsor and/or Administrator reserve the right to disqualify any Submission that Sponsor and/or Administrator, in their sole discretion, deems to violate these Official Rules. Any Entrant who is not a verifiable medical school student or student of any subject pursuing any degree in an academic program accredited by an institution acceptable to the AMA will be disqualified from participation in the Challenge; however, the remaining members of the team who are otherwise eligible shall not be disqualified unless the disqualified individual is the team lead and there is no other medical student member of the team to assume the team lead position.

SUBMISSION LICENSE: EACH ENTRANT RETAINS TITLE AND FULL OWNERSHIP IN AND TO THEIR SUBMISSION. ENTRANT EXPRESSLY RESERVES ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS NOT EXPRESSLY GRANTED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant hereby irrevocably grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, royalty free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license and right to use the Submission and to distribute, publically perform, publish, publically display, copy, reproduce (in any form or medium) modify and create derivative works of the Submission and any derivative works thereof in any media form now or hereafter known for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge and subsequent challenges and for purposes related to AMA’s mission and business objectives or otherwise, including but not limited to posting on the AMA or an affiliate’s website.
If Entrant desires to sell or transfer its ownership in Submission at any time, Entrant shall provide reasonable advance written notice to AMA, and AMA shall have the right of first offer, which AMA shall exercise or decline without unreasonable delay.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Challenge, in addition to any other grants granted herein or which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsor and/or Administrator, each Entrant hereby irrevocably (a) grants to Sponsor and Administrator the right to use such Entrant's name, likeness, image, and biographical information in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Challenge and (b) releases Sponsor and Administrator from any liability with respect thereto.

WINNER SELECTION/EVALUATION CRITERIA: All entries will be screened with regard to obvious intellectual property conflicts or any legal issues or safety/regulatory issues and whether they fall into a category outside an area of interest for the Challenge. The Sponsor’s judges will select 3 top potential winning teams (“Potential Winners”) from all eligible entries based on the following criteria, or any combination thereof:
Innovativeness and creativity
Potential to improve the practice of medicine
Potential to improve outcomes for patients
Comprehensiveness of the answers to the proposed questions on
The evaluation criteria shall be applied at the sole discretion of Sponsor. By participating in the Challenge, each Entrant into the Challenge acknowledges and agrees that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agrees to be bound by, and not challenge, the final decisions of Sponsor and the individual judges.
Note: Each Potential Winner is only eligible to receive a prize. Each Potential Winner must complete the Prize Conditions described below in order to receive a prize.

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL WINNERS: Attempts to notify Potential Winners will be made using the contact information provided on the Potential Winner's Official Entry Form. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for fax, mail, e-mail or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a Potential Winner does not respond within five (5) days of the first notification attempt (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such Potential Winner, such Potential Winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate Potential Winner may be selected. If any Potential Winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such Potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner may be selected. Sponsor shall successively attempt to contact up to two (2) alternate Potential Winners for each prize, in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed Potential Prize Winner after such attempts have been made, the applicable prize may go unawarded.

ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF ENTRANTS: Many will enter and up to 3 Submissions will be selected as Potential Winners. If an insufficient number of Submissions are deemed worthy, less than three (3) Potential Winners may be chosen. Sponsor and Administrator cannot accurately predict the number of Entrants who will participate in the Challenge. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge or online voting if there is an insufficient number of viable entries.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: As conditions precedent to receiving the above-described prizes, each individual member of a team that is a Potential Winner must (a) execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively "Prize Claim Documents”). [If a Potential Winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within five (5) days of Sponsor's and/or Administrator's request (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), the Potential Winner may be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner may be selected]; and (b) work with Sponsor to develop a “publication-ready” written explanation/description of the Submission. Upon satisfactory completion of the conditions precedent described above as determined by the Sponsor, each Potential Winner shall be a winner. The written explanation/description must be completed no later than ten days prior to the to AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting at the Sponsor’s request. Prizes are not transferrable prior to award.

Subject to the conditions below being met, there will be a tiered award structure, which will award the following:
Up to 3 Potential Winners may be selected:
First Place: $5,000 and airfare, hotel accommodations, local transportation and meals* for each team member to attend and present the winning Submission at the AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania, March 6-8, 2015
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $1,000

Each Potential Winner, including team members and their Submission, may be featured on the AMA and/or the AMA’s Challenge website.
*Round-trip coach airfare for each eligible member of the First Place winning Team to and from city of departure (within the United States and U.S. territories) to and from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Airport and airline are to be selected by Sponsor. Reasonable hotel accommodations for each eligible member of the First Place winning Team to attend the AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting, for the number of nights that the AMA deems is necessary for the First Place winning team to be present at the meeting, double occupancy (room and tax), in or nearby Hershey, Pennsylvania, at a hotel chosen and booked by the Sponsor. Reasonable meals and local transportation costs to and from the airport to the hotel and/or meeting site will be paid or reimbursed by AMA in accordance with AMA travel policies. The approximate cash value of the airfare and hotel accommodations is estimated at $3,000. Actual value will vary depending on the point of origin of each member of the winning team. Any difference between approximate cash value and actual value will not be awarded. All expenses not specified are solely the winner responsibility.

If a member(s) of the Potential Winner team is unable to attend the AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting before or after travel arrangements to the meeting have been booked, the member(s) of the Potential Winner team will forfeit the travel component of the prize. However, if the medical student lead of the Potential Winner team is unable to attend the AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting before or after travel arrangements have been made, Sponsor will make one good faith attempt to re-schedule the travel of all members of the Potential Winner team (including the lead) to another Consortium meeting as deemed appropriate by the Sponsor.

If the AMA Spring 2016 Consortium Meeting is cancelled for any reason, members of the First Place Potential Winner team will be offered another opportunity, as deemed appropriate by the Sponsor, to attend another Consortium Meeting.
No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. Prizes will be delivered only to an address in the U.S. No cash alternative or substitution or transfer of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value, in whole or in part, for any reason. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY INCOME TAXES OR OTHER TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING A PRIZE; SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES. Cash prize will be awarded only to the winning team lead who signed the team’s Official Entry Form. The winner is responsible for dividing up the cash prize amongst its members, if and as desired.

DATES/DEADLINES: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Challenge, Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules governing the Challenge.

GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Each entrant agrees that Sponsor and Administrator (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the Challenge or any Challenge-related activity, or from Entrants' acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, regarding such prize's merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Sponsor and Administrator from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising from entrant's participation in the Challenge. Sponsor and Administrator assume no responsibility for any damage to an entrant's computer system which is occasioned by accessing the Website or other Challenge-related websites or participating in the Challenge, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software, or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions, or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. Sponsor and Administrator each reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual, individual team member or team which is determined to have tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or Website or other Challenge-related websites, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person, and Sponsor and Administrator each reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received or Sponsor and/or Administrator is prevented from awarding the prize or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including, without limitation, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor's control ("Force Majeure"), Sponsor and/or Administrator shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before expiration of the Challenge Period, Sponsor and/or Administrator will (if reasonably possible) select a winner from all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of both Sponsor and Administrator. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules or the Submission Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Challenge or use of any prize.
If for any reason this Challenge is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Challenge, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel the Challenge. If terminated, the Sponsor may, at its discretion, award the prize from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action. In no event will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded.

Sponsor is not responsible for any errors, problems or malfunctions relating to or in connection with the Challenge, including without limitation, errors, problems or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Challenge, the announcement of the winners, the processing of entries or in any Challenge-related materials; or for transactions that are lost, misdirected, or fail to enter into the processing system for any reason; or are processed, reported, or transmitted late or incorrectly; or are lost for any reason, including computer, telephonic, paper-transfer, or human error, or electronic, computer, or telephonic malfunction, damage, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, or any combination thereof.

WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Challenge) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Health 2.0, LLC, Attn: Health 2.0 Developer Challenges, 350 Townsend Street #403, San Francisco, CA 94107. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the specific Challenge in your request.