2015 Annual Physician Writing Contest

We are seeking your real-life stories that can move, teach, and inspire other physicians. Your story could win $5,000…

We are seeking your real-life stories that can move, teach, and inspire other physicians.
Your Story Could Win $5,000…

Maybe in providing care you connected with a patient in a unique and meaningful way.

Maybe you actively engaged a patient in their own care and/or successfully involved their family.

Maybe you effectively coordinated care across settings or collaborated as a care team with powerful results.

Share your story of how you or others on your care team provided a more connected care experience for your patients.

Winning entries will also be published in the March 25th, 2015 issue of Medical Economics and featured on the ModernMedicine Network. Honorable Mentions may be published in Medical Economics and on the ModernMedicine Network and receive an honorarium.

Here are some suggested story ideas to get the creative juices flowing (but don’t let these limit your thinking). Consider a time when you:

• Connected with a patient as a provider in a unique and meaningful way
• Incorporated successful health team strategies for providing seamlessly coordinated care
• Effectively integrated your patient portal
• Used communication methods or skills
• Leveraged technology for a more connected care experience
• Involved a family in patient care

How to Enter

• Send us your story in 800 to 1,200 words
• Submissions must include name, contact email, address, and telephone number
• Submissions can be sent to MedEc@advanstar.com


or mail to:

Medical Economics Writing Contest
24950 Country Club Blvd. Suite #200
North Olmsted, OH 44070

Deadline for Submissions

All entries must be received by February 13th, 2015 for consideration.



Supported by:

Medical Economics Writing Contest Official Rules


The Medical Economics Writing Contest (the “Contest”) starts on December 18, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on February 13th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Contest Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to licensed physicians who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least 18). Employees, temporary workers, freelancers and independent contractors, and their immediate families (spouse and parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those persons living in their same households, whether or not related, of Medical Economics (“Sponsor”) and athenahealth (“Supporter”) and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, participating vendors, promotion or advertising agencies are ineligible to enter or win the Contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and/or Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this Contest. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, write an 800 to 1,200 word essay that shares your successful strategies, approaches, and/or experiences to providing a more connected health care experience for patients and/or actively involving patients in their own care and send to medec@advanstar.com or Medical Economics Writing Contest, 24950 Country Club Blvd. Suite #200, North Olmsted, OH 44070, along with your full name, contact email address, mailing address and telephone number (collectively, an “Entry”). All Entries must be received on or before February 13, 2015. Limit one (1) Entry per person. Entries received in excess of the stated limitation will be void. If handwritten, Entries must be legible. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Entry must (i) be your own original work, (ii) be in English, (iii) cannot be previously published or submitted in connection with any other contest, (iv) be in keeping with the Sponsor’s and Supporter’s image and (v) not be offensive or inappropriate, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third party rights (including, without limitation, copyright). Without limiting the foregoing, Entries must not contain any confidential or personally-identifying patient information. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that it determines, in its sole discretion, does not comply with the above requirements or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules.

JUDGING: All eligible Entries received by the Sponsor will be judged by a panel of qualified judges based equally on the following criteria: practicality of solutions offered, clarity and quality of writing, and level of detail to enable other physicians to apply your solution to their practices. The three (3) Entries with the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be deemed the first, second, and third place potential winners. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner(s) based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Judges’ and Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or email on or about February 23, 2015 and may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law), which must be returned within a time period specified by Sponsor. Return of prize or prize notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of Sponsor to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Official Rules by any potential winner will result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up.

LICENSE/USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, each entrant agrees that Sponsor and its designees shall have the worldwide perpetual right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute such Entry, and all elements of such Entry, including entrant’s name and likeness, in any and all media now known or not currently known, and for any legal reason, without compensation, permission or notification to entrant.

PRIZES: One (1) First prize of a $5,000 VISA Gift Card (the “First Prize”), one (1) Second prize of a $2,500 VISA Gift Card (“Second Prize”), and one (1) Third Prize of a $1,000 VISA Gift Card (“Third Prize”). First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize winners shall also receive publication of their respective Entry essays in a future edition of Medical Economics Magazine, MedicalEconomics.com, the ModernMedicine Network, and/or affiliated publications with attribution to winners. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize is First Prize, $5,000; Second Prize, $2,500; Third Prize, $1,000. Gift cards are subject to terms and conditions specified thereon. All prize details, including publication decisions, are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor may substitute a prize of comparable or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes are non-transferable with no substitutions or cash redemptions except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Additional restrictions may apply, subject to gift card terms and conditions available on the back of the gift card and in included literature. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any. Limit one (1) prize per person. In the event that Sponsor is unable to publish a winning essay, that part of prize will be forfeited and winner will receive a Visa Gift Card only. Sponsor makes no guarantee as to date of publication of each winning Essay.

GENERAL: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these rules and decisions of Sponsor and Judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Supporter, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and all of the officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the awarded prize or the use by Released Parties’ of any rights granted herein; and (c) to the use by Sponsor and its designees of his/her name, entry, biographical information, photograph, image and/or likeness for trade, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law), notification or permission, unless prohibited by law, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, delayed, inaccurate, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, destroyed, mutilated, stolen or postage-due entries, entry fees, or for errors or problems of any kind whether electronic, network, technical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, or the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of Entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to action taken using the judging procedure outlined above.


REQUEST FOR WINNERS LIST: For the names of the Winners (available after March 2015), send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope to: Attn: David A. DePinho, Advanstar Communications, 24950 Country Club Blvd. Suite #200, North Olmsted, OH 44070.

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