Each year , GLMS invites physicians , residents and medical students to take part in the Richard Spear , MD , Memorial Essay Contest . This year , we asked our members to write on the topic “ The Little Joys of Medicine .” We asked : What joys of medicine do you carry with you always ? Who or what sparks joy in practice ? What makes you grin , and what can make you smile all over ? We received many excellent entries and plan to share several honorable mentions over the next few months . We hope these essays , and every day , bring you at least one little joy . For now , please enjoy the two winning essays which were judged anonymously and without bias .