Practicing the art of medicine requires much more than just scientific expertise; sustaining a long medical career requires physicians to find and maintain meaning in their work. Burnout remains high among attending physicians and trainees. Narrative medicine can bring meaning to the practice of medicine, mitigate burnout and translate into scholarship. This project seeks to enhance the practice and prominence of narrative medicine among internal medicine residents, students, and faculty by creating a system of rewards as well as a pathway for scholarship for this creative work.
The Hergott Heart of Medicine (HOM) is awarded annually to the student, resident or attending with the best narrative submission. All entrants will receive a HOM lapel Pin and the HOM winners will be given a cash prize. Winners will be celebrated on the residency website and recognized at an annual awards ceremony. Additionally, their work will be published on the Bioethics and Humanities website. All participants will be encouraged to submit their works for publication in journals such as In addition, quarterfinalists and the finalist will be asked to submit their work for publication in journals such as JAMA (“A Piece of My Mind”), Annals of Internal Medicine (“On Being a Doctor”), JGIM, Ars Medica, The Healing Muse, Pulse Literary Journal, and The Human Touch. Quarterfinalists and finalists will have submission fees covered by the award. Dr. Hergott will read a piece of his own at the Annual Awards ceremony.