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 submissions will be judged by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

Entry Guidelines

The entry deadline for the annual competition is Dec. 31, 2019

For additional information or questions please contact wcw@neomed.edu.

Winning Poems

The first-, second-, and third-place winners will be invited to read their poetry at an awards ceremony at NEOMED.  Their travel expenses will be paid by the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition, the top three poets will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively and the editors of the Journal of Medical Humanities will review the winning poems and consider them for possible publication.

Congratulations to the 2020 Competition Winners!

This year’s Awards Ceremony, featuring the first, second, and third place prize winners and poet-physician Arthur Ginsberg, MD, is to be held Friday, April 17, 2020 at noon in the Watanakunakorn Auditorium.

First Place
Joey Lew – M1
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco CA
Poem: “On an Organ Donation Run”

Second Place
Ellen Zhang – M1
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA
Poem: before chemotherapy

Third Place
Wesley Chou – M3
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA
Poem: The Old Man

Honorable Mention
Joey Lew – M1
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco CA
Poem: In a Seminar on Patient Communication

Ellen Zhang – M1
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA
Poem: Cancer Rerouting

Brian Zhao – M1
The Warren Alpert Medical School of
Brown University
Providence RI
Poem: “An Uncle”

Mark Jeffrey Phillips – M3
Keck School of Medicine of USC
South Pasadena CA
Poem: Gross Anatomy in a Time of Wildfires

Liana Meffert-M2
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City IA
Poem: “Midnight Shift”

Anjali Chacko-M1
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk VA
Poem: Raabta

Annamarie Nocera – M1
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati OH
Poem: “Step Outside”

Contact

Joanne Fabick
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6770
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Department Chair

John Boltri, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6787
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Department of Family & Community Medicine

College of Medicine at NEOMED