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NEJM Medical Fiction Contest, 2021

June 15 through July 15, 2021

Escape from Covid World!

Enter NEJM’s first-ever Medical Fiction Contest and release your inner storyteller.

Entries welcome from June 15 through July 15, 2021.

Judged by a panel of Medical Fiction All Stars:

Perri Klass, M.D., author of The Mercy Rule
Daniel Mason, M.D., author of The Winter Soldier
Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of Cutting for Stone

Rules and Submission Instructions

LGBTQ Health

  • Criminalization of Gender-Affirming Care Arkansas recently passed a law making it illegal for clinicians to provide gender-affirming treatment to children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. This legislation and similar bills could threaten the health, well-being, and survival of transgender young people.
  • Ensuring That LGBTQI+ People Count For every gap in health and well-being whose contours we have mapped, the widespread lack of comprehensive data collection means that many more disparities — and the policy and programmatic interventions that might address them — remain unknown.
  • Health Coverage and Care for Transgender People The fate of Russell Toomey’s case against Arizona, and of other transgender Americans’ access to care, depends on the influence of Bostock v. Clayton County. Meanwhile, the new administration and Congress should undo recent damage to transgender rights protections.
  • The Political Nature of Sex Questions about excluding transgender people from antidiscrimination protections reflect the polarizing nature of definitions of sex. Yet historians of medicine know that the relevant moral and scientific questions touch on age-old themes in medical understanding.
  • Women in Medicine

  • Promoting Equity for Women in Medicine During the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations have missed opportunities to apply equity-minded leadership principles. Moving forward, institutions can harness this moment to accelerate positive change toward gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in medicine.
  • Misogyny in Medicine Sexism is not about the culture intrinsic to a specific health care system; it is pervasive throughout clinical and academic medicine. Gender equity in medicine won’t materialize until mainstream dialogue is overrun with stories about sexism.
  • Covid and the Clinician

    As Covid-19 swept, and then swept again, over the United States, many physicians found themselves on the front lines of a lethal battle, many of them with little time or energy for respite or reflection. In these Perspective essays, physicians and trainees expose some of the pandemic’s emotional effects on clinicians as well as patients.

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