Hippocrates Initiative

Hippocrates SocietyHealthy Heart PoetryCoull Quartet evening on 15th May in support of childhood cancer charity CLIC-SargentSymposium and Hippocrates Awards: 6 May 20172017 Symposium on Poetry and Medicine: Programme2017 Faculty for Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium at Harvard2017: 5th May - Poetry and Training the Eyehippocrates_prize_logo_med2014 judges Philip Gross, Robert Francis QC, Sarah Crown2013 judges Theodore Dalrymple, Jo Shapcott, Roger Highfield2013 Young Poets judge: Clare Pollard2010 judges James Naughtie, Dannie Abse, Sir Bruce Keogh2011 judges: Mark Lawson, Gwyneth Lewis, Steve Field2012 judges Martha Kearney, Marilyn Hacker, Rod Flower2012 NHS Winner Nick MacKinnon readingAbout us2016 judges: Rafael Campo, Wendy French, Gareth Powell, Sian Hughes2015 judges: Theodore Dalrymple, Femi Oyebode, Simon Rae2016 Shortlist: Chris Woods, Anne Ryland, Denise Bundred, Jane McLaughlin, Karen Schofield


Download Programme for 6 May Symposium on Poetry and Medicine and Hiappocrates Awards Ceremony

Shortlisted and commended poets have been agreed by the judges for the 2017 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at Harvard Medical School on Saturday 6th May 2017. See below for links to register for the Awards and related Symposium and for the pre-symposium event at Boston Museum of Fine Art on ‘Poetry and Training the Eye’ on Friday 5tth May 2017.

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 (see details below). 

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


Shortlisted and commended poets


Shortlisted and commended poets


Shortlisted and commended poets

pre-Symposium event
“Poetry and Training the Eye” + Reception
6:30 pm Friday 5th May 2017 - Boston Museum of Fine Art 

Register for “Poetry and Training the Eye"

2017 Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Awards
8:00 am Saturday 6th May 2017 - Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. 

Register for the Symposium and the Hippocrates Awards ceremony

There are reduced registration rates for students, health professionals in training and members of the Hippocrates Society.

Download flyer for Symposium, Hippocrates Awards, and pre-Symposium Poetry Workshop


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

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The Hippocrates awards comprise

– the Young Poets Prize and commendations

– the Open Award with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations

– 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


More on the Hippocrates Prize


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