Cincinnati—University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine
announced the winner and runners-up of the eighth Dr. Stanley M. Kaplan
Essay Contest. The winning essay was submitted by Kate D. Fitzgerald, a
fourth-year medical student from Wayne State University School of
Following her work with David R. Rosenberg, MD, from
the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pediatrics at Wayne
State, Ms. Fitzgerald submitted her essay entitled "Spectroscopic
Imaging of Striatal Neurochemistry in Childhood Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder." As winner of the contest, Fitzgerald receives a $500.00
prize. She plans on pursuing a career in psychiatry. The two
runners-up, Jason Kornberg from New York University and James D. Tew,
Jr. from the University of Pittsburg, each receive $250.00.
M. Kaplan, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at UC College of
Medicine, established the contest to encourage writing and research
skills in medical students. Many participants have heightened their
interest in psychiatry as a result of their research efforts.
30 to 40 essays from all over the country are received each year. The
essays are judged on the basis of creativity, knowledge of psychiatry,
style, and contribution to this medical specialty. A selection
committee composed of Lesley Arnold, MD, associate professor of
psychiatry, Paul E. Keck, MD, professor of psychiatry, Stephen M.
Strakowski, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and other faculty in
specialty areas at the College of Medicine reviewed the entries.