FMEC Awards

Family Medicine Through Visual Arts


As a discipline, Family Medicine needs to formulate and deliver a compelling message that describes who we are, what we value, and what we do. We believe that the visual arts offer a powerful medium for sharing Family Medicine’s vision, interests and value. We invite submissions of visual art that reflect our identity as Family Physicians and our mission to serve as the backbone of healthcare to the world.

The goal of this award process is two-fold: One, to honor the creative talents of Family Physicians (the renaissance men and women of medicine), and Two, to take the best of the submissions and generate materials that can be used to make Family Medicine more visible to colleagues, students, patients and policy makers. Faculty and clinicians, residents-in-training, and medical students in the northeast region of the US are eligible to participate.

Photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, web sites, digital movies or any other visual media that can be used to celebrate the richness and diversity in Family Medicine, show the academic rigor of our field, and support our agenda of reforming healthcare welcomed. A panel of reviewers composed of Family Medicine faculty and creative professionals will review each submission with an eye to its emotional honesty, technical merit, and success in communicating the message that Family Medicine is a force to content with. All submissions remain the property of the artist, but rights to use the images in public relations materials and campaigns to promote Family Medicine will be granted to the FMEC. Issues related to ownership and use will be discussed with the award winner(s) prior to use.

Award Winners

2015 Award Winner

Best of Class - Artistic expression of Family Medicine: Luis Garcia, MD - "Muddy Foot"

Best of Class - Visual presentation: Olapeju Simoyan, MD - "Women in Family Medicine: A Legacy of Inspiration"

Best of Class - Artistic Application: Ritamarie Moscola, MD - "Creating As We Age"

2014 Award Winner

1st Place: Daniel Way, MD - "Never A Dull Moment"

Best of Class: Ann McGaffey, MD, FAAFP - "Fitwits"

Best of Class: Mila D'Cunha - MD - "The Lexington Avenue Garden"

2013 Award Winner

Melissa Chan - "Identity"

2012 Award Winner

Candace Fraser, MD - "Faces and Facets of Family Medicine"

2011 Award Winner

Daniel Way, MD - “All in a Days Work”

2010 Award Winner- (none given)

2009 Award Winner

Florence Gelo, MD, NCPsyA - ”The Heart of Empathy”

2008 Award Winner

Deborah Grorud, MD - Not Titled

2007 Award Winner

Tim Freeman - Photos/Statements from patient’s