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Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

For the 15th year, Baylor College of Medicine is pleased to announce the annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards.

The 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.

Guidelines: 

1. Entrant must be a medical student currently pursuing a medical doctor (M.D.) degree at an accredited United States medical school.

2.  Original poems must be written in English (no translations from other languages), on a medical topic, no more than 50 lines.

3.  The submitted poem must never have been published (that is, sold to the public or transferred to another entity for sale to the public), must not be under consideration for publication and must never have been awarded recognition in another writing contest. (Following submission, please do not submit the poem for public display or publication until after the award winners have been announced. Publication of your poem may result in disqualification from the award).

4.  Each medical student may submit only one poem. Your submission must be mailed and emailed with the following components:
One cover page that includes your name, current mailing address, email address and telephone number.
 One photocopy of a current student I.D. card documenting medical school enrollment.
 Six hard (print) copies on high-quality (e.g. bond) paper. Do not staple any of the pages.
 Font size must be at least 10 points.
 Limited to two, 8.5 x 11 inch pages and the aforementioned 50 lines.
 Paragraphs should be single-spaced, and one line should be left between stanzas.
 Put your name in the upper right header of all pages (last name followed by first name, separated by a comma). If two pages in length, please add page numbers after your name.
 In addition, please email your cover sheet, student I.D. card photocopy and electronic version of your poem (in Microsoft Word format) to Christine Cummings (Christine.Cummings@bcm.edu).

5.  Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2018. We will not be able to confirm receipt of your submission.

6.  Envelopes for submissions should be marked “For the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards Program” and sent to:

Neal R. Barshes, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards
Associate Professor of Surgery
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
MS: BCM500
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030

A distinguished panel of qualified judges will assess the poems. Winners will be announced in July 2018. The first-prize poem will become the property of the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards program and will be submitted to a major medical periodical for consideration for publication. If it is accepted for publication, the publisher will own copyright. Recognition and cash awards of the following amounts will be awarded to the three poems receiving the highest scores from the panel of judges:

- $1,000 for first prize

- $500 for second prize

- $250 for third prize

Please contact Dipali Pathak at (713) 798-4710 or pathak@bcm.edu if you have questions.