Dermatologist Dr Satveer Mahil has been named the Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year 2017 for her research that identified a group of inflammatory proteins as a new target for the treatment of psoriasis. This is the second year running that a dermatologist has been awarded this prestigious prize.
Dr Mahil competed for the award against four other finalists representing the top prize-winners at the Royal Society of Medicine in the past year. Each finalist presented their work to a distinguished panel of judges for 10 minutes followed questions from the panel and audience.
Dr Mahil said: “I am really thrilled to win! It was such a pleasure to meet registrars from other specialities who are at similar stages in their research and careers. It was inspirational to hear about their work. I am incredibly grateful to the judges for awarding me the prize and for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work at this exciting, cross-disciplinary meeting.”
Dr Iqbal Toor (RSM Cardiology Section) was awarded second place and in third place was Dr Akhilesh Jha (RSM Respiratory Medicine Section).
The awards evening included a poster award category, which was won by Dr Ahmed Hashim (RSM Gastroenterology & Hepatology Section), for his poster titled: ‘A dedicated hostel-based community liver service for homeless and vulnerable adults.’
The judges included Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM President; Dr Fiona Moss, RSM Dean; Dr Keith Ridge, Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England; Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, NICE; and Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi, Vice Chair, Junior Advisory Board, Wesleyan.
Chair of the judges, Sir Simon Wessely, said: “Presenting clearly and within time limits to a panel of senior clinicians was a challenge well met by all our finalists who answered some difficult questions, including a googly or two from myself, adeptly.”
Vicki Wentworth, Chief Customer Officer at Wesleyan, said: “The Trainee of the Year Award is very important to Wesleyan, allowing us to support the next generation of medics and help them with their ground breaking work.
“The standard of presentations was incredibly high and it was fantastic to see the innovation and knowledge on show from all those shortlisted. Congratulations to Satveer. We will follow her career, and the careers of all the others who took part, with interest.”
The Royal Society of Medicine awards 70 prizes with a combined value of £60,000 to students and trainees each year. For more information visit www.rsm.ac.uk/prizes-awards