Deadline Extended for Future of Navy Medicine Essay Contest

Good News! Navy Medicine is still seeking submissions for the Future of Navy Medicine Essay contest and has extended the deadline to September 30, 2011. Participants should follow the listed guidelines and rules.

 

ESSAY QUESTION AND GUIDELINES

Question to be answered in the essay contest:  What will Navy Medicine look like in the year 2030 – 2040?

Guidelines:  Describe what Navy Medicine will look like in the year 2030 – 2040, either in the broadest possible sense or in a particular area.  Please consider both operational and beneficiary health care missions.  Contestants are encouraged to base essays on logical constructs and to use references to support arguments.  In other words, if you believe that Navy Medicine will be using nano-bots to repair tissue at the cellular level, then support your premise with articles  about this technology and its potential use and benefits in the medical field.

Rules:

1.  All submissions become property of Navy Medicine Communications Directorate to use, reproduce, or distribute as it sees fit in its sole discretion, although authorship will be acknowledged.

2.  By submitting an entry, the contestant warrants, that the work is original and does not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.  In addition, by submitting an entry, the contestant grants permission to the Navy Medicine Communications Directorate to use her or his name for publicity purposes, including, but not limited to, announcing the results of the contest.

3.  Submissions must be in Microsoft Word and may not exceed 1,200 words in length (excluding references).  The title page should be separate from the rest of the submission and the author’s name and identifying information should be set forth only on the title page.  To ensure blind review, identifying information must not appear in the body of the submission itself.

4.  The submission must not include names or descriptions of real people.

5.  References, cover page, and essay need to be in APA format.

6.  Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified.  Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.

7.  The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, M3/5 Futures and/or the Public Affairs Officer will have the right to edit, publish or otherwise duplicate any essay entered in the contest without payment to the author.

8.  To be considered, entries must be received (received, not postmarked) by September 30, 2011. Entries should be e-mailed to Chief Hospital Corpsman Drew Stalinsky at drew.stalinsky@med.navy.mil.  Place “Futures Essay” in the subject line.  Those using regular mail should send their entries to Capt. Surrette, 2300 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20372-5300. 

9.  One entry per contestant is permitted.

10.  Only Navy Medical personnel are eligible to participate (GS and active duty).

11.  The decisions of the judges are final.

12.  Winner shall have essay published plus receive an award plaque and SG coin.

 Judging Criteria for essays:

1.  Judging panel shall be made of five members
      A.  Three from M5 (Futures)
      B.  One from M1
      C.  One from M3

2.  Judging will be based on the following:
     A.  Organization of essay
           1)  Introduction
           2)  Body
           3)  Conclusion
     B.  Quality of references
           1)  Peer reviewed landmark article or study, seminal study, etc.
           2)  Recognized experts in a particular field
     C.  Quality of analysis (i.e. linkages to Navy Medicine)
     D.  Quality of the writing (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc.)

3.  Score sheet shall be used to grade essay for content.

4.  Judges will grade all essays individually.

5.  All of the judges’ scores will be added together.  Highest total score will be the winner.

6.  Capt. Fry has final decision authority in case of tie.