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Baylor College of Medicine

DeBakey Poetry Contest Winners

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The following entrants were chosen from original poems submitted by undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools.

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2020

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  • First place*: cash prize of $1,000.00: “Voyager,” by Fiona Miller, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. 
  • Second place: cash prize of $500.00: “Mercy Drive,”  by Irene Lin, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Third place: cash prize of $250.00: “6-Letter Words,” by Hannah Kay, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

*Published: JAMA

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2019

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  • First place*: cash prize of $1,000.00: “To Make a Living,” by Michelle Tong, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Second place: cash prize of $500.00: “unnamed on ward E,”  by Nikita Raman, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Third place: cash prize of $250.00: “Encounters,” by Matt Perry, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

*Published: JAMA

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2018

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  • First place: "nick in time" by Matthew Lee, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Second place: "Grief, and Other Remedies" by Elaine Hsiang, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Third place: "Fatherhood” by Allyson Brown, University of Florida College of Medicine
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2017

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  • First place*: "Preparation" by Abigail Lin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Second place: "On a CT Scan" by Adam Lalley, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • Third place: "The Strangest Thing" by Alexandra Lin, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

* Published: JAMA, 319(13):1387, April 3, 2018

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2016

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  • First place: "If Poems Were Bodies" by Laya Charara, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Second place: "Ectopic" by Mariam Gomaa, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Third place: "Tired" by Elizabeth Karin, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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2015

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  • First place*: "Remembrance" by Corina Iacopetti, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Second place: "Hippocampus" by Ali Rae, Brown Alpert Medical School
  • Third place: "The Importance of Remembering" by Eve Feinberg, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine

*Published: JAMA, 315(4):420, Jan. 26, 2016

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2014

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  • First place*: "Space for Donation" by Megana Dwarakanath, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Second place: "The Age of Magicians" by Katharine Lawrence, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
  • Third place: "Sirens" by Ting Gou, University of Michigan Medical School

*Published: Pharos, 78(4):17, Autumn 2015

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2013

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  • First place: "Gnosis" by Shekinah Elmore, Harvard Medical School
  • Second place: "Tomorrow" by Hang Ho, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Third place: "The Garden" by Paul Thomas, Wayne State University School of Medicine
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2012

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  • First place: "Intimacy" by Daniel Grosser, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Second place: "My Almost Autumn Moon" by Kory Combs, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Third place: "A Blue Morning (Camille Monet on her deathbed)" by Sara Trowbridge, Harvard Medical School
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2011

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  • First place: "Yet To Be But Dated" by Gregory Larrieux, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Second place: "3:27" by Amy Lauren Cummings, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Third place: "The Breaking of Morning" by Kirstyn Elizabeth Brownson, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago
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2010

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  • First place*: "DNA Damage Pathways" by Danielle Friedman, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Second place: "Sprouting Things" by Caitlin Cohen, Brown University School of Medicine
  • Third place: "Sophia's Marriage" by Jenna Le, Columbia University Medical Center

*Published JAMA, 304(15):1645, Oct. 20, 2010

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2009

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  • First place: "Remains" by Brandi Swanier, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Second place: "Defense Mechanisms" by Sarah Rosenbaum, New York University Medical School
  • Third place: "Family Fiction #9" by Dianna Ng, New York University Medical School
  • Honorable mention: "Sestina with Elephants" by Emily Gillett, Harvard Medical School
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2009

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  • First place: "Remains" by Brandi Swanier, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Second place: "Defense Mechanisms" by Sarah Rosenbaum, New York University Medical School
  • Third place: "Family Fiction #9" by Dianna Ng, New York University Medical School
  • Honorable mention: "Sestina with Elephants" by Emily Gillett, Harvard Medical School
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2008

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  • First place: "The Whole Time You Lay Dying" by Joshua E. Fischer, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Second place: "The Named" by Rachel Smith, University California, San Francisco
  • Third place: "Donor" by Jeannine Ruby, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Honorable mention: "For What Has Gone" by Andrew Thurston, Baylor College of Medicine
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2007

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  • First place: "Funeral" by Abbey J. Winant, Harvard Medical School
  • Second place: "On the Ferry: Waves of Haiku" by Janet Shu, Brown Medical School
  • Third place: "New Art" by Hilarie Tomasiewicz, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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2006

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  • First place: "How to Fix" by Kathleen Antony, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Second place: "Nefertiti in Berlin" by M. Cynthia Cheung, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Third place: "Last Dance" by William Yi, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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2005

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  • First place*: "un pocco mosso" by Daniel Ma, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Second place: "Things that Break" by Elizabeth Weiner, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Third place: "For a Long-Lost Autistic Friend" by Diane Stevens, Tufts University School of Medicine

*Published: JAMA, 924(20):2549, Nov. 23/30, 2005

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2004

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  • First place*: "News of Infertility" by Philip Ciampa, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Second place: Journeys" by Salil H. Patel, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Third place: "Bitter Blocker" by Ester Han, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Honorable mention: "Butterfly" by Jeremy Byrd, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

*Published: JAMA; 293(6):657, Feb. 9, 2005

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