The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has launched an essay contest aimed at high school students. The organization is asking participants to describe, in 500 to 700 words, what healthcare technology of the future will look like. The students should explain what the imagined device or system would do and how it would help support patient care.

“The contest is primarily intended to raise awareness of healthcare technology among young people, so that they might consider pursuing a healthcare technology career in the future,” says Patrick Bernat, AAMI’s director of healthcare technology management. “And if a submission from the contest sparks an idea for an actual innovation in the future, even better!”

Submissions are due December 1, 2015, and winners will be announced in January 2016. AAMI members will vote on submissions. The first place winner will receive a $500 gift card. The top submission and an article about the author will also be published by AAMI. The second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200 gift cards, respectively. All winners will receive a complimentary 1-year AAMI student membership.

More details about how to submit are available on the AAMI website.