Richard Spear , MD , Memorial Essay Contest 2023
Last year ’ s contest reminded us that there are so many “ little joys of medicine ” and this year we ’ re excited to dive further into those moments . From walking through your practice doors in the morning , to all those moments that happen after you turn out the lights and drive home . What part of your day do you crave more of ? What are the silver linings on the not-so-great days ? What is a pick-me-up guaranteed to bring a smile to your face ? What is the best part of your day ?
The contest has two entry categories : practicing / retired physicians and in-training physicians / University of Louisville medical students , with both groups writing on the same topic . The prize for each group will be $ 1,125 . The winning essays will be announced at the annual Presidents ’ Celebration and will be published in the July 2023 issue of Louisville Medicine .
Each entry will be considered on excellence in expression , creativity , readability and clarity by the all-volunteer judges . Each entry must be between 800-2,000 words . The essays are due on Wednesday , March 1 , 2023 . All entries must be original , unpublished writing intended solely for publication in Louisville Medicine . Please remember HIPAA guidelines : include no information that could potentially identify real patients in any possible way – change the name , gender , age , ethnicity ( anything and everything that could be recognizable ) while still keeping the flavor of the original .
Send entries and cover letters via email as Microsoft Word documents to Kathryn Vance at kathryn . vance @ glms . org . Please use a separate cover letter with your name , entry category , essay title and contact information . Staff will remove all identifying information before sending your entry on to the judges . Please note that only GLMS members are eligible .
We look forward to your essays !
THEMED ESSAY CONTEST : All entries must be original , unpublished writing intended solely for publishing in Louisville Medicine . Essays must be pertinent to the following theme : “ The Best Part of My Day ”
LENGTH : 800 to 2,000 words DEADLINE : Wednesday , March 1 , 2023
PRIZE : $ 1,125 for practicing and retired ; $ 1,125 for physicians in-training
FORMAT : Do not put your name on your essay ! Judges are blinded to authors . Instead , include a separate cover letter with name , entry category , essay title and contact information .
SUBMISSION : Send via email as a Microsoft Word attachment to Kathryn Vance at kathryn . vance @ glms . org .
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