2017 Annual Physician Writing Contest
How I achieve work-life balance
As a physician, finding time for a personal life outside of the daily pressures of a medical practice can be daunting. Working to improve patients’ health while meeting government and payer regulations, keeping an eye on practice finances and managing a staff often leaves today’s doctors with little extra time or energy. Fortunately, many physicians do find ways to have a fulfilling life both inside and outside of their practice. Share with us your story of how you achieve a satisfying work-life balance and help your peers who may be struggling to reach that goal.
How to Enter
Send us your story in 800 to 1,200 words and fill out the form in entirety, below.
Deadline for Submissions
All entries must be received by February 15, 2017 for consideration.
1st Place: $2500, 2nd Place: $1500, 3rd Place: $1000
Submissions have been closed. Watch for announcements of the winners on Medical Economics.
Medical Economics Writing Contest Official Rules
(NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN)
The 2017 Medical Economics Physician Writing Contest (the “Contest”) starts on January 10, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on February 15th, 2017 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 UBM, LLC (“Sponsor”) and LocumStory.com (“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 achieve work-life balance as a physician and send to [email protected] or Medical Economics Writing Contest, 24950 Country Club Blvd., 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 15, 2017. 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 March 30, 2017 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 $2500 VISA Gift Card (the “First Prize”), one (1) Second prize of a $1500 VISA Gift Card (“Second Prize”), and one (1) Third Prize of a $1000 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 Modern Medicine Network, and/or affiliated publications with attribution to winners. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize is First Prize, $2,500; Second Prize, $1,500; 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.
ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend any portion of the Contest for any reason.
REQUEST FOR WINNERS LIST: For the names of the Winners (available after May 1, 2017), send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope to: Attn: Chris Mazzolini, UBM, LLC, 24950 Country Club Blvd. Suite 200, North Olmsted, OH 44070.