Writing Contest

The following award programs recognize medical student achievement.

14th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards

This annual contest honors the legendary, preeminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey strongly advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life.

Deadline: January 31, 2017
35th William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is sponsoring its 35th annual William Carlos Williams poetry writing competition during the 2016-2017 academic year.  The competition is open to students attending colleges of medicine or osteopathy in the United States and Canada.  Preliminary judging will be done by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, and final judging will be by Richard M. Berlin, M.D., psychiatrist and poet from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Please contact Ann Williams at awwillia@neomed.edu with any questions

Deadline: December 31, 2016
James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Please address some or all of the following questions:

  • Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer? Why?
  • What are some examples of “alternative therapies” and why do cancer patients use them when they are not FDA approved?
  • Should medicinal medicine and folk medicine have any relevancy in cancer?
  • It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market. Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?
  • What changes or improvements should be made in our healthcare system and the way we treat cancer in this country so that cancer is no longer the leading cause of death in Americans under age 85?

Scholarship reward is $1,000.00

Deadline: Scholarship awarded monthly, ten times per year

To receive a scholarship application which will include the rules and deadlines, please send an email to: aelliott@cancermonthly.com . Please put the word "Scholarship" in the subject line.

The Gold - Hope Tang, MD 2016 Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest

Reflect on the following quote and write an essay of 1,000 words or less based on the prompt:


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

Talk about a time when you or a team member had to step back and practice self-care while helping a patient.


All essays must be submitted through the online form here.


For more information regarding the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, please visit the website.

The Intima article submission

The Intima is an electronic journal founded in 2011 to stimulate thought, reflection, and conversation about the intersecting worlds of medicine, humanities and art, in the context of individual clinical experiences across the spectrum of health and illness. The Intima invites medical students to submit; submissions can include scholarly essays or articles; non-fiction, personal narratives; fiction; field notes; poetry; studio art; audio or visual multimedia. The next issue will be published in July; submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.