Hippocrates Initiative

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Just Launched: The Hippocrates Book of the Heart


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Find out about book launches in Sydney (26th Sep), Auckland (28th Sep), Toronto (16th Nov) and London (6th Dec) 

Enter for the 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The 2018 judging panel includes for International Open and International Health Professional categories Mark Doty, USA, Carol Rumens, UK, Dr Peter Goldsworthy, Australia and for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize Alisha Kaplan, Canada.

Deadline for Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine:  
Open and International Health Professional categories

at the end of 14th February, 2018 - 12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant.

Deadline for Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine: 

at the end of 1st March, 2018 - 12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant.


See interview below with 2017 FPM Hippocrates Health Professional Award Winner Andrew Dimitri from Sydney and hear Andrew read It will make a fine hospital - featured as Poem of the Week in The Guardian.

The 2017 Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine were announced by judges Jorie Graham, Neal Baer and Maya Catherine Popa at the Awards Ceremony at Harvard Medical School on Saturday 6th May 2017. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Hippocrates winners and all the commended poets.

Winners: FPM Open Awards - Alisha Kaplan, Toronto, Canada; Claire Collison, London, England; Rosie Jackson, Somerset, England.

Winners: FPM Health Professional Awards - Kathy D’Arcy, Cork, Ireland; Andrew Dimitri, Sydney Australia; Iora Dawes, Stafford, England

Winner: Hippocrates Young Poets Prize - Erin O’Malley, Pennsylvania, USA

See below for links to all results, to poet biographies and to notes about the poems.


See our press release on the 2017 Hippocrates Awards for poetry and medicine

Order the 2017 Hippocrates Anthology of winning and commended poems


Winning and commended poems
Biographies and inspiration for the poems


Winning and commended poems
Biographies and inspiration for the poems


Winner and shortlisted poets
Biographies and inspiration for the poems


Judges for 2017 International Open and Health Professional AwardsNeal Baer, Harvard-trained American paediatrician and producer of ER; Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Jorie Graham; Jackie Kay, Scottish Makar (National Poet Laureate; and Professor Owen Lewis, New York, USA. 

Young Poets Judge for 2017: Maya C Popa, New York, USA


The 2017 Hippocrates Awards were organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School.

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The 2017 Hippocrates awards comprises

– the Young Poets Prize - supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust

– the FPM HIppocrates Open Award with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 29 commendations - supported 

– the Health Professional Award for Health Professional-related staff and Health Professional students from anywhere in the world: a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations


Support for the 2017 Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Open Awards and Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM is a UK medical society founded in 1918, which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology.

See more about the FPM by clicking on the logo

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 The 2017 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation.

See more about the CVRT by clicking on the logo

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Anthony Fretwell-Downing is the major individual patron of the the 2017 Hippocrates Awards. He is former Advisory Board Chair of the University of Sheffield’s Management School and is currently a member of the CBI SME Enterprise Forum.


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