The Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) is set to recognize UMass Medical School’s Warren J. Ferguson, MD, for earning top honors in its Creative Writing Competition. Ferguson will accept his award for second place in the Prose category at the 2018 FMEC Annual Meeting Nov. 9–11 at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook, New York.
Ferguson’s award-winning FEMC piece detailed the challenges he faces in his family practice of treating patients who have substance use disorders and criminal justice involvement. A family physician by training, Ferguson has maintained an active practice in two Massachusetts Community Health Centers during his esteemed academic career.
Ferguson, director of academic programs for the Health and Criminal Justice Program and co-founder of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, has dedicated his career to improving health care outcomes for vulnerable populations who have grappled with health disparities. He is considered a leader in correctional medicine, advocating for increased access to innovative treatments and improved health care for inmates.
FMEC invites faculty, clinicians, and medical students to submit manuscripts based on their experience of teaching, learning, or practicing Family Medicine each year. Judging criteria for submissions include reflection, emotional honesty, and technical merit.