Spear Essay Contest

Renowned surgeon Richard Spear, MD, had a dream of fostering excellent writing about the practice of medicine.  After his passing in 2007, Dr. Spear left a generous bequest to GLMS. It was through this bequest that GLMS began the Richard Spear, MD, Memorial Essay Contest.

To enter, you must be a GLMS physician member (practicing or retired), GLMS in-training member or University of Louisville medical student.  Both category winners receive cash prizes and will have their writing published in Louisville Medicine magazine.

2019

Theme: Should Medical Marijuana Have A Place In Kentucky?
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
Timir Banerjee, MD “Should Medical Marijuana Have A Place In Kentucky?”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
Ahmed Saleh – “Should Medical Marijuana Have A Place In Kentucky Healthcare?”

2018

Theme: What have you sacrificed to become a physician?
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
Suzanne McGee, MD – “Back Scratches, Conbread, and Unspent Love: Sacrifices I Made to Become a Good Doctor

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
April Butler – “March Flowers in February”

2017

Theme: What Drives You Crazy in Health Care?
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
Morris Weiss, MD – “Ethical & Moral Consideration in 21st Century Medicine”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
Natalie Spiller – “What Drives You Crazy: A Story”

2016

Themes: How Medicine Has Changed Me (Practicing and Life) & Social Media in Medicine (In-Training and Student)
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
David Dageforde, MD – “When Medicine Became More Than a Diagnosis”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
Kara Curry, DO – “Exploring Human Connection For Physicians Within Social Media”

2015

Themes: Medicine and the Unexpected (Practicing and Life) & Using Technology in Medicine Without Becoming a Medical Robot (In-Training and Student)

Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
Nina Vasavada, MD – “The Unexpected In Front of Us”

In-Training and Student Member Category Co-Winner
Joseph Bales, MD – “The Machine in All of Us”

In-Training and Student Member Category Co-Winner
Sarah Khayat – “Hold the Phone”

2014

Themes: Current Practices: Realities and Controversies (Practicing and Life) & What Patients Have Taught Me (In-Training and Student)
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
David A. Lipski, MD – “Hello My Name Is…”

Practicing and Life Member Category Honorable Mention
Martin Huecker, MD – “Warm and Dead?”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
R. Caleb Buege, MD – “A Learning Experience”

2012

Theme: A Day in My Medical Life Practicing and Life Member Category Winner Sohail Ikram, MD, FACC – “It’s Worth It” In-Training and Student Member Category Winner Sarah M. Fisher, medical student – “Hanging Onto the Coattails”

2011

Theme: Why Did You Choose to be a Doctor?
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
George John, MD – “The Price of Passion”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
R. Caleb Buege, medical student – “The Janus Perspective”

Honorable Mention
Trudi Rash, MD – “A Summer’s Event, A Lifetime Decision”

2010

Theme: An Unforgettable Patient
Practicing and Life Member Category Winner
James Patrick Murphy, MD – “The Fawn”

In-Training and Student Member Category Winner
Chanley M. Martin, MD, JD – “Signposts”

Honorable Mention
Valerie Briones-Pryor, MD – “Fulfillment”

2008

Theme: Issues in the Everyday Practice of Medicine Practicing and Life Member Category Winner Kenneth Henderson, MD – “On Call” Resident Category Winner Gena L. Napier, MD – “A Chance Encounter” Student Category Winner Clint Morehead, medical student – “Clyde Cohen” Honorable Mention Danielle Pigneri, medical student – “White Coat”