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RSM celebrates trainees’ success in prestigious essay prize

Congratulations go to Dr Gbenga Adesoye and Dr Iona Lyell who, as joint third winners of the Peter Fisher Essay Competition Prize, win a year’s free membership of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The competition is held in association with Doctors for the NHS and the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, with applicants invited to submit essays on a particular theme. This year’s theme was ‘To what extent are commerce and compassion compatible in healthcare?’

Dr Adesoye, a stage 2 Internal Medicine Trainee, currently on a haematology rotation at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “By researching for the essay, I learned of the fundamental role of compassion in the delivery of healthcare, and I will be applying this in my daily practice. Winning the third prize in the competition was a pleasant surprise and apart from being a seal of approval from colleagues, it is attached with the membership of the Royal Society of Medicine. Being a member of an all-inclusive medical society with such a long and rich history in the sharing and exchange of medical information is a privilege.”

Speaking of her success, Dr Lyell, who is a public health specialty registrar currently on placement with the UK Health Security Agency, said: “I have been focusing on my writing recently as I've never considered it a strong point of mine, so to be recognised in this competition, particularly with such a thought-provoking brief, has made me very proud. I plan to use the RSM membership for networking events and make use of the online resources.”

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