Saturday, April 16, 2016

The intimacy of medicine: winners announced for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The judges have announced winning and commended poems in the Open International and NHS categories of the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine at an awards ceremony in London on Friday 15th April.
The Open International First Prize went to Owen Lewis, a clinical psychiatry professor at Columbia University, New York City  and Visiting Professor at Einstein Medical College. About what inspired his winning poem At Tribeca’s Edge, he said: "My students at Columbia, College of Physicians and Surgeons, were the inspiration for this poem. 
"I sometimes teach a section of Foundations of Clinical Medicine, a course that extends over their first three semesters. Coming to the end of our time together, I felt overwhelmed considering all they had yet to learn, hoping they would hold onto their optimism and idealism, and humbled by what I had contributed. The poem is dedicated to them.”

The NHS First Prize went to Denise Bundred from Camberley in England. She trained as a paediatrician in Cape Town and worked as a paediatric cardiologist in Liverpool. 

About her winning poem she said: "A Cardiologist Seeks Certainty is an attempt to capture the ache of anxiety as I struggled to define a complex problem in the chambers and vessels of a baby’s heart, often with the pressing need for urgent surgery.”

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