\The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine was founded in 2009 by Donald Singer and Michael Hulse. The founders “wished to draw together national and international perspectives on three major historical and contemporary themes uniting the disciplines of poetry and medicine: medicine as inspiration for the writings of poets; effects of poetic creativity on the experience of illness by patients, their families, friends, and carers; and poetry as therapy”.
One award is given for British health students and National Health Service-related professionals, including educators, researchers, and biomedical scientists. The International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an international award for unpublished poems in English by any living poet. The International Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets was launched in 2012, also given for an unpublished poem on a medical theme.
The 2010 and 2011 International Symposia on Poetry and Medicine and Hippocrates Awards generated the International Hippocrates Research Forum for Poetry and Medicine