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Berlin Prizes for Creative Writing ceremony April 10

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

April 04, 2013

Residents, medical students and an MD/PhD candidate are the winners of this year’s Gerald F. Berlin Prizes for Creative Writing. They will be recognized at a ceremony that will feature readings of excerpts from their award-winning works at UMass Medical School on Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library.

Now in its ninth year, the competition was established by award-winning poet and physician Richard Berlin, MD, senior affiliate in psychiatry, and is jointly sponsored by the Offices of Student Affairs and Educational Affairs and the Humanities in Medicine Committee, with support from the Lamar Soutter Library.

The first prize winner receives a cash prize of $100, and the winning entry will be published in both Worcester Medicine and the Berkshire Medical Journal.

Awardees are:

First prize: Mirjana Jojic, MD, (psychiatry resident) for "Dr. Mirjana Jojic" (submitted as Dr. Kokaina Xaxu

Second prize: Gregory Wu, SOM ’14, for The Offices of Surgery

Third Prize: Nerissa Duchin, SOM ’15, for The Last Day of Anatomy Lab 

Honorable Mentions:

V. Benjamin Adler, SOM ’16 for New Shoes

Patrick "PJ" Bonavitacola, SOM ’14, for Anencephaly on the Holiday News

Christopher Chang, MD (family medicine resident) for Going Home

Lindsay Romo (MD/PhD candidate) for Kübler-Ross

Noah Rosenberg, MD (family medicine resident) for Sharing a Prayer [maybe]

Kelly Wittbold, SOM ’14, for A Moveable Feast 

Related links:

Medicine from the heart . . . Benjamin Adler
Medicine from the heart . . . Patrick Bonavitacola
Medicine from the heart . . . Noah Rosenberg
Medicine from the heart . . . more from Noah Rosenberg