Poetry Competition

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Section on Medicine and the Arts) is pleased to announce a POETRY COMPETITION in Celebration of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of National Poetry Month, April 2015.

The competition is open to students, health care practitioners, educators and the general public. Members of the Section on Medicine and the Arts with advanced degrees in English Literature will initially assess the poems; final judging will be by prominent physician-poets who are College Fellows and members of the Section: Jack Coulehan, MD, who will lead the effort, Kelley Jean White, MD and Wynne Morrison, MD.
Entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2015.
● Participating poets are permitted one entry only.
● The poem must be written in English and be relevant to medicine, health, or health care.
● The poem is not to exceed 750 words.
● The poem must be original, not published or under consideration for publication, and must not have won a contest at the time of submission.
● The poem must be typed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and submitted in five (5) print copies, as well as emailed to Rhonda L. Soricelli, MD, Chair of the Section:  RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net>>>.
● All entries will undergo blind review and should contain no identifying information other than the title of the poem. When submitting a poem, a separate cover page should include poet’s name, current address and phone number, email address, and the title of the work.
● Winning poetry will be selected on the basis of craftsmanship, originality and content.
● Winning poets will be announced on The College of Physicians Web site: www.collegeofphysicians.org by April 1, 2015 and will also be notified by email.
● The top three poets will be awarded $500, $250 and $100 respectively and will be invited to read their poems at The College of Physicians on April 21, 2015. Unfortunately, travel funds are not available.
● In addition, winning poems will be published on The College of Physicians Web site and in a Chapbook that will be available through The College store. The College will retain copyright.
● Entries should be mailed to:  Rhonda L. Soricelli, MD, Chair, Section on Medicine and the Arts, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South Twenty-Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3097
● Please direct inquiries by email to Dr. Soricelli: RLSoricelli@comcast.net


Revise and Resubmit

Writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae, Theresa MacPhail discusses how to respond to anonymous reviewers’ comments on your work. She advises:

“After reading through a reviewer’s comments for the first time, do nothing. Or, rather, vent to yourself. Call a sympathetic friend and complain. Eat some chocolate or potato chips. Watch some bad TV. Allow yourself the freedom to wallow for a moment. Whatever you do, do not respond to your editor or your reviewers immediately. Do not craft a snarky email and press send. . . .  Read your comments again and again. Make notes. Repeat the mantra: This is not about me. This is not about me. This is not about me. Read the next two parts in this series on how to translate and incorporate common reviewer comments. Get back to work. You’ve got an article or a book to revise. “

Details here: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/830-the-revise-and-resubmit-series-part-1-coping-with-criticism

TIME Person of the Year: Ebola Nurses

The Ebola Nurses: In their own words


CFP: LGBT Health Workforce Conference

2015 LGBT Health Workforce Conference: Building a Caring Community in the Electronic Age
May 1-3, 2015, New York, NY

The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate and educational) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., nurses, dentists, podiatrists, social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), but all interested are invited to attend. CME credit will be available.

Conference Information
Registration Opens: NOW OPEN
Abstract Submission Opens: NOW OPEN
Abstract Submission Closes: JANUARY 15, 2015
Selected Submissions will be Announced: Rolling basis, all decisions announced by February 1, 2015
Details here: http://lavenderhealth.org/2014/12/04/2015-lgbt-health-workforce-conference-building-a-caring-community-in-the-electronic-age/

On-Line Journal Publishes Article Authored by Characters from “The Simpsons”

Would you like to be published in the same journal that accepted a manuscript written by “Margaret Simpson” and “Edna Krabappel”? If those names sound familiar, it’s not because they’re distinguished researchers. They’re not. They’re not even real people. They’re characters on the long-running evening cartoon situation comedy The Simpsons.

But the “editors” of an American Scientific Publishers journal didn’t know that, or they didn’t care, as reported by Joseph Stromberg for Voxhttp://www.vox.com/2014/12/7/7339587/simpsons-science-paper

While Jeffrey Beall’s ScholarlyOA website http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/ has long warned us to the perils of responding to email spam from probably predatory online open-access journals, some intrepid scholars have been writing bogus manuscripts, submitting them, and even paying the publishing fee just to show that these publishing emperors are, as we say in the South, butt nekkid.

In another indication of how unscrupulous some of these publishers can be, Stromberg also reports on one manuscript accepted for publication whose title was “Get me off Your F*****g Mailing List” (a title we’ve censored for the eyes of our more sensitive readers), whose text consisted of the same sentence as the title repeated; details here: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/21/7259207/scientific-paper-scam

While you might have like a guest appearance on The Simpsons, you probably wouldn’t want to appear in the same journal with those characters. So two words to the wise author considering an online open-access journal: Caveat scriptor.

Crossing the Pubicon: Adults Only?

I got a chuckle yesterday from Jeffrey Beall’s warning email about a new probably predatory online open access publisher calling itself “Pubicon.”

Now, Julius Caesar famously crossed the “Rubicon,” and changed the course of history.

But, really? “Pubicon”? Does you mother know you’re using language like that? Sounds to me like the witticism of a sophomore Latin student.

Details here: http://scholarlyoa.com/2014/12/04/new-oa-publisher-pubicon-international-publications-launches-with-14-journals/

CFP: Living Well (Conference)

Call for Papers
Living Well International Conference
9-11 April 2015, York, United Kingdom

Personal well- being is an achievement, it is made. Well-being requires living well. Yet what is it to live well? Proposals are welcomed that seek to understand, explore and demonstrate what living well may be and could be.

The Living Well conference is open to people of all disciplines (academic or not), ages, cultures and faiths. We invite contributions that may be traditional paper readings; themed panels; workshops; performance pieces; dramatic readings; poetic renditions; short stories; creative writings; works of art; performances that include works of music. We welcome proposals on topics such as:

 Accounts of living well in utopia
 Accounts of living well in science fiction
 Meaning and living well
 Ageing and living well
 Phenomenological accounts of living well
 Understanding the role and contribution care/ friendship/love in living well
 Case studies of those who demonstrate living well
 Literary descriptions, understandings and portrayal of people living well
 Portrayals of living well in films, what can they tell us?
 Investigating how drama may demonstrate aspects of living well.
 Role and contribution of health in living well
 Philosophical issues and understanding of the requirements to live well
 Understanding self- regulation and self- control (including mental and emotional health) in living well
 Developing and cultivating perceptions and awareness of experiences, e.g the Japanese tea ceremony, in living well
 Difficulties of living well, understanding the dealing with barriers, obstacles to living well
 Understanding the role/ contribution of the following in living well:

o character
o passions
o personal autonomy
o music
o communication
o imagination and self- shaping action
o education, gaining knowledge, and wisdom
o pursuit of happiness
o excellence

31 December 2014 (Proposals Due)
See the web site for further details and to lodge a proposal.