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2009 Family Medicine Creative Writing Award

Sponsored by the Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency Program

We invite medical students from an Illinois medical school who have completed their Family Medicine rotation to submit an entry for our creative writing award. Entries may be prose or poetry, no longer than 1,500 words, and must exhibit the philosophy and principles embodied by Family Medicine such as continuing, comprehensive, compassionate and personal care provided within the context of family and the community.

Entries will be judged by a panel composed of our Family Medicine faculty, residents and staff from our Family Medicine Center. The panel will review each submission based on creativity, originality, emotive power, and reflective portrayal of Family Medicine.

1st place award - $ 250
2nd place award - $ 125
3rd place award - $75

Awards are to be used for residency interviewing expenses, such as a business suit or travel expenses.

The top three submissions will also be posted on our Web site.

2009 Application

The 2008 First Place Award

A Day in the Shoes of a Family Physician
By Matthew J. Frazier OMS-4

Waking up early,
Eager to help those suffering from illness.
Walking the sterile halls in a house of healing,
Quietly confident in their well of knowledge
But humbly accepting their limitations;
Consoling an elderly woman
Who recently learned of a mass in her abdomen,
Aiding her in this transition of understanding;
Embracing the family of a loved one
Who has passed from this life to the next;
Coordinating the care of gentleman,
Currently surviving with artificial breathing,
Working with multiple specialists
To ensure the return to health of this man
And inform his family of the physicians’ plan.
Silently leaving to assist those blessed to be in good health.
Entering the first room,
A crying child and a nervous mother anxiously await
To hear that the little one will be okay;
Gently cradling and softly examining the toddler,
Putting both child and mother at ease,
Even getting the wee one to giggle.
Moving on to the next room,
A man concerned about his weight,
But more worried about his father’s recent heart attack;
Providing an open discussion about improving his life
And making sure he feels involved in the development of his plan
So that he will make the necessary changes to avoid
The same result as his father.
Next, a teenager feeling unhappy with life,
Needing someone to listen,
Just to vent their emotions in a safe environment,
Knowing their words will be kept safe
As will their lives.
Continuing on to see many more,
Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters,
Parents, children, grandparents,
Acting as an advocate for their well-being,
Providing necessary advice to ensure their health.
Ending the long day,
Knowing that a difference has been made
In the lives of those cared for
And those that care for them.