Thanks to the Board of Directors of the Shirley and Stefan Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology, PCFA is able to award two $2,500 prizes every year for winning papers submitted by psychiatric residents or fellows at the Semel Institute.
Entries for both prizes along with a double-spaced single page summary of the paper should be e-mailed to PCFA Executive Director Lela DeGolia. Summaries should begin by stating for which prize(s) the entry is being submitted. Two separate evaluation committees designate the winner of each year's prize. They reserve the right to withhold a prize if no qualifying entry has been submitted. Both prizes are awarded at the PCFA Annual Meeting in the fall.
Please click on each of the two prizes for more information about the selection criteria.
❯ The 21st Century Psychiatry Prize
The 21st Century Psychiatry Prize is awarded to the applicant who writes the best original paper on psychiatry’s role in the new millennium. Papers should be written in a scholarly manner, appropriate for submission to a professional journal, and limited to no more than 16 double-spaced pages for text. References are separate. Some trainees have requested that the possible subjects of the paper be made more specific. We encourage those who “think outside the box” to do so. If the writer has a passion for some area of treatment or research, he/she should feel free to articulate it. Otherwise, here are some possibilities:
• Do antidepressants cause suicidal behavior?
• Recovery from psychiatric illness and the economics of health care
• New addictions and their treatments
• Descartes revisited: 21st Century mind-brain models
• Challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of emerging patient populations
• Heads in the cloud: New technologies in psychiatric practice
• Neurotransmitters and psychodynamics: integrative conceptions
• The evolution of mental health systems—“survival of the fittest” vs. “intelligent design”?
• Genomics and preventive psychiatry
• Publish or parish: reconciling scientific and spiritual values in psychiatry
Whatever topic is chosen, intelligent reasoning, good writing, independent thinking and concern for the welfare of patients will rule the day.
❯ Alex Rogawski Memorial Prize
The Alex Rogawski Memorial Prize is awarded to the UCLA resident or fellow who writes the best original paper relating to any of the many areas of interest pursued by the late Alex Rogawski. Dr. Rogawski was an influential psychoananalyst, teacher, researcher, and community psychiatrist, whose interests were wide and varied. The intent of the award is not only to honor the memory of Dr. Rogawski, but also to continue his efforts to inspire young psychiatrists to broaden their thinking and their application of psychiatric and psychosocial theory.
Papers should be written in a scholarly manner, appropriate for submission to a professional journal, and limited to no more than 16 double-spaced pages for text. References are separate. In addition to scholarliness the following criteria will be used to judge the papers: relevance to Dr. Rogawski’s interests, originality of the contribution to psychiatry, level of interest generated in reader, and quality of writing.
Suggested areas include, but are not limited to
• The role of preventive efforts in psychiatry
• Psychodynamic understanding and its application to community psychiatry
• Alternative systems of psychiatric delivery (managed care, prison psychiatry, military psychiatry, etc.)
• The role of psychiatry in primary care
• Transcultural issues in psychiatry
• The integration of psychodynamics with other areas of psychiatry
• The history of social and community psychiatry
• The integration of psychiatric thought with other social sciences
• Epidemiology of psychiatric illness