Family & Community Medicine

William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition

The William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at NEOMED, is open to students attending allopathic or osteopathic schools of medicine in the United States and Canada.

Each year hundreds of entries are submitted to the competition and go through a preliminary screening 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.

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be invited to read their poetry at an awards ceremony at NEOMED.  In addition, the editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities review the winning poems and consider them for possible publication in that journal.

Entry Guidelines

The entry deadline for the annual competition is Dec. 31, 2018.

Winning Poems

The top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively and will be invited to visit NEOMED on April 26, 2019 to read their poems. Their travel expenses will be paid by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.


Winners from the 36th William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition are:

First Place

Sean McEvoy
Third-year medicine student
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Tuscon, AZ

Second Place

Adam Lalley
Second-year medicine student
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Hempstead, NY

Third Place

Poorna Sreekumar
Second-year medicine student
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Honorable Mention

Chelsea Cosner
Third-year medicine student
Florida International University Herbert Wetheim College of Medicine
Miami, FL

Daniella Giardina
First-year medicine student
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Sand Mastrangelo
First-year medicine student
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartsmouth
Hanover, NH

Megan Messinger
First-year medicine student
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

Lindsy Pang
Third-year medicine student
SUNY Stony Brook Medicine School of Medicine
Stony Brook, NY

Franklyn Wallace
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, KY

Pamela Yan
First-year medicine student
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI


Joanne Fabick
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6770

Department Chair

John Boltri, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6787

Department of Family & Community Medicine

College of Medicine at NEOMED