Prize submissions information

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BMDST-RSM Student Elective Awards

Prize

  • A grant of £500-£1,000 to undertake a specific project on a medical or dental elective.

Submission deadline

Applications will be reviewed twice annually on 31 January and 31 July. Your elective must take place AFTER the review date. We cannot offer grants to electives which are taking place before the review date.

Open to

Medical and dental students in the UK and other EU medical and dental schools.

Application guidelines

Submit a 700-word proposal on your medical elective that includes the following information:

  • The type of work involved (the scope is wide and includes any type of research)
  • Its purpose (aims)
  • The approach you intend to take to collecting information or data and to the analysis (methodology)
  • The projected outcomes or potential impact of the research
  • How this experience will help your career development

You will also need to attach the following documentation to your application:

  • Letter/email  from your medical or dental school confirming that they support your elective
  • Confirmation letter/email from your host institution if applicable
  • Recommendation letter/email from your tutor/supervisor
  • Confirmation that full consideration has been given to the ethics of the proposal
  • Confirmation that full consideration has been given to health and safety of the student
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Cardiothoracic Section: Case Presentation Prize

Prize

  • Oral presentation: One year’s free RSM membership and a bottle of champagne
  • Poster presentation: One year’s free RSM membership and a bottle of wine

Submission deadline

Sunday 1 September 2019

Open to

All pre-clinical and clinical cardiothoracic students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract on a case presentation. The abstract can include figures, diagrams and scans. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their paper at a Cardiothoracic meeting.

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Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Section: Undergraduate Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £250

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Undergraduate students in law or medicine.

Application guidelines

Submit a poster presentation; the entry should be anonymous – your name or your institution should not be mentioned. The poster design should be submitted in PowerPoint or PDF format and under 2MB in size.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to print their presentation in A1 to present at a Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine meeting.

Submission closed

Clinical Immunology & Allergy Section: President's Prize 

Prize

  • First prize: £300 
  • Second prize: £100
  • Third prize: £100 

Submission deadline 

To be announced

Open to

Medical students, young scientists and trainee doctors (not above specialist registrar, Grade B clinical scientist or equivalent grade) who have an immunological or allergy component in their clinical research.

Application guidelines 

Submit a 250-word abstract on original work with an immunology and allergy element, along with a supporting letter from a supervisor. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their abstracts at a Clinical Immunology & Allergy meeting.

Submission closed

Clinical Immunology & Allergy Section: Urticaria Poster Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £100
  • Second prize: £50

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract on a literature review or case study on urticaria. The abstracts should be clearly structured and should include the title of the poster; the presenting author's name, any other authors and their professional role and affiliation.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to print their presentation in A1 to present at a Clinical Immunology & Allergy meeting.

Submission closed

Clinical Immunology & Allergy Section: Professor Jonathan Brostoff Award 

Prize 

  • £750 to be used towards research or training in clinical immunology and allergy, and a year's free RSM membership

Submission deadline 

To be announced

Open to 

Medical students, trainees (up to ST3) and young scientists.

Application guidelines

Submit a 750-word essay that highlights development and progression on any of the following topics: gut allergy, microbiotica, or food intolerance. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their essay at a Clinical Immunology & Allergy meeting.

Submission closed

Critical Care Medicine Section: Student Elective Prize 

Prize 

  • Up to £1,000 and a year’s free RSM membership 

Submission deadline 

To be announced 

Open to 

UK medical students undertaking an elective or overseas observership as a recognised course component of their final year MBBS/MBPhD studies during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Application guidelines 

Submit a 500-word statement outlining the purpose of the elective or observership and its relevance to critical care medicine. In addition, please provide:

  • A letter of support from your current institution or a local placement
  • A summary of where and when the placement will be taken
  • Full details of any other scholarship awards, bursaries and financial support procured for the purpose of the placement

The winner will be required to give a 15-minute presentation at a Critical Care Medicine meeting.

Submission closed

Digital Health Section: Prize for Innovation  

Prize 

  • First prize: £500 and a year’s free RSM membership

Submission deadline 

Monday 8 July 2019 

Open to 

All RSM members and non-members.

Application guidelines 

Submit a 500-word paper on a digital innovation project that is applying a digital voice to improve healthcare or social care. The project should be currently underway or been completed in the past 12 months. Concept papers for projects that have not been started will not be accepted.

The top three submissions will be invited to present their paper at a Digital Health meeting, where the winner will be selected.

Apply here

Emergency Medicine Section: Research and Innovation Prize  

Prize 

  • First prize: £500 

Submission deadline 

To be announced

Open to

Anyone carrying out original research or innovation in the field of emergency medicine, including equipment, software or management projects relevant to emergency medicine.

Application guidelines

Submit an 800-word paper on original research or an innovation project in emergency medicine. The paper should include information about the research, its evidence data, quality of the research and its relevance to emergency medicine and clinical practice, in addition to what the prize money will be used towards.

The winning applicant will be invited to present their work at an emergency medicine meeting.

Submission closed

Emergency Medicine Section: Students’ Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £500 contributing towards an elective abroad and a year’s free RSM membership
  • Second prize: £500 contributing towards an elective abroad and a year’s free RSM membership

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students.

Application guidelines

Submit a 1,000-word paper with details about the proposed elective abroad and how you will gain experience in the practice of emergency medicine.

Your paper should include information about the elective or a project that is to be undertaken while on elective and its relevance to emergency medicine, as well as your personal interests in this specialism.

The winner will be required to give a presentation after returning from the elective at an emergency medicine meeting.

Submission closed

Gastroenterology & Hepatology Section Prize 

Prize

  • First prize: £100 and a year’s free RSM membership
  • Second prize: £50 and a year’s free RSM membership

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract describing the nature and purpose of your poster presentation. The abstract should be clearly structured and describe original research, case studies only. Please include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors and their professional role and affiliation.

Shortlisted applicants will be given a free place to the meeting. Posters should be printed on A1 size for presentation.

Submission closed

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: John Fry Prize  

Prize

  • First prize: £300

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

GP registrars, postgraduate students based in primary care, medical students and other undergraduates from professional groups involved in primary care and patients with experiences from primary care.

Application guidelines

Submit an essay of up to 3,000 words on one of the following topics:

  • An account of an audit or research project carried out in primary care
  • A reflective account of a health consultation in your primary care practice
  • A reflective account of an example of a team working in primary care

The winner will be required to present their essay at the GP Update meeting on 11 September 2019.

Submission closed

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: Medical Student and Trainee Poster Prize 

Prize

  • First prize: £100
  • Second prize: £50

Submission deadline

Monday 1 July 2019

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract describing the nature and purpose of your poster presentation, which should be relevant to a topic to be discussed at the 39th Primary Care Update. The abstract should be clearly structured and describe original research, a literature review or case studies.

Please include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors and their professional role and affiliation.

Shortlisted applicants will be given a free place to the meeting. Posters should be printed on A1 size for presentation.

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Geriatrics & Gerontology Section: A.C. Comfort Essay Prize 

Prize 

  • First prize: £300

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students (pre-clinical and clinical) and medical graduates within five years since qualification. 

Application guidelines

Submit a 5,000-word essay on any aspect of ageing.

The winner will be required to present their essay at a geriatrics and gerontology meeting. 

Submission closed

History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize

Prize

£100 Amazon voucher and a year's membership of the RSM

Submission deadline 

Monday 14 October

Open to 

Pre-clinical, clinical medical and dental students. Please note that you must be a medical or dental undergraduate to be eligible to submit for this prize

Application guidelines 

This prize will be awarded for the best essay or essays submitted on any subject related to the history of medicine, including medical science.


Essays should be between 3,000 - 5,000 words and the standard should be comparable to a third year dissertation. Personal details such as name and institution should NOT be included in the abstract or PDF essay.


A 500-word summary should also be submitted along with the full essay. This should not merely be an abstract; it should outline not only the topic under discussion, the aims and principal conclusions of your research, but also the sources you have consulted. Preliminary short-listing of the essays will be performed on the basis of these summaries.
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Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section: Elliotson Prize 

Prize 

  • First prize: £200 and an RSM certificate 
  • Second prize: £100 and an RSM certificate 
  • Third prize: £50 and an RSM certificate 

Submission deadline 

Sunday 29 March 2020

Open to

Trainees in hypnosis (those who are undertaking a training course, and those who are within one year of completing their course)

  • Clinical trainees in medicine, dentistry nursing or psychological fields
  • Students enrolled in related graduate academic courses
  • Those qualified in medicine, dentistry nursing or those in psychological fields

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend the prize meeting and to present their submission on Monday 27 April 2020.    

Application guidelines

Entrants are invited to submit a case study or an essay of no more than 1000 - 1500 words in response to the following question: “Discuss the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy.”

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Nephrology Section: David Oliveira Medical Student Award

Prize

  • First prize: £200

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students in nephrology and the wider specialties.

Application guidelines

Submit a 300-word clinical abstract in the area of clinical research, case series or individual case histories in nephrology. It should demonstrate novel clinical findings, illustrate classic conditions in new or unusual ways, and illuminate or expand knowledge concerning physiology, cell biology, genetics, radiology, or molecular mechanisms.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their work at a Nephrology meeting where the prize will be awarded.

Submission closed

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Section: Dame Josephine Barnes Award

Prize

  • First prize: £100

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

All medical undergraduate students.

Application guidelines

Submit a 1,000-word essay on the following title: How will artificial intelligence be used in the routine clinical practice of obstetricians and gynaecologist in 10 years’ time?

References included in the essay should be in Vancouver style.

The winner will be required to present their essay at an Obstetrics & Gynaecology meeting. Please include your essay under the abstract section on the submission form. 

Submission closed

Odontology Section: Colyer Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £200
  • Second prize: £100

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word clinical or research abstract on original work in dental science completed in a UK institution in the last five years. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their abstract at an Odontology meeting.

Submission closed

Open Section: Are guidelines the answer to good medical practice?

Submission deadline: To be announced
Posters should ideally focus on the theme of the day: Primary care ethics. They may also deal with any issues within the field of primary care ethics. They may focus on clinical practice, on teaching and personal development, or on research (empirical or philosophical) within this field. Posters focusing on the main theme of the day are also particularly welcome and these need not necessarily be restricted to primary healthcare though they should have implications that transcend professional boundaries.
 
Poster abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors, and their professional role and affiliation. They do not have to follow the traditional format of introduction, method, results, conclusions, but should make clear the issue or issues which will be considered, the approach to be taken, and the conclusions drawn from its study.
The best poster presenter will be invited to give a short oral presentation 
 
Posters should be A0 in size, portrait in orientation and should be printed. Poster presenters must be available on the day and are asked to ensure that their posters are in place as early as possible - no later than 12.30pm.
Submission closed

Ophthalmology Section: Students and Trainees Prize

Prize

  • First prize poster: £150
  • First prize paper: £150 

In addition, the overall winner will receive the Dermot Pierse prize of one year’s subscription to the British Journal of Ophthalmology. 

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainee doctors.

Application guidelines

Submit a 300-word abstract on research work or a case report in ophthalmology.

Shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to present their work at an Ophthalmology meeting from which judges will select eight oral finalists and 24 poster finalists.

Submission closed

Orthopaedics Section: President’s Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £600
  • Second prize: £400
  • Third prize: £200

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 300-word abstract describing original (not previously published) work exploring clinical case studies and case reports.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their work at an Orthopaedics meeting and attend the dinner following the event.

Submission closed

Paediatrics & Child Health Section: President’s Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £250

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Students and paediatrics trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 750-word case summary related to the topic: sex, fertility and the future for teenagers with endocrine conditions.

Four case reports will be shortlisted to present their work at a Paediatrics & Child Health meeting, from which the winner will be selected.

Submission closed

Palliative Care Section: Research Prize

We would like to invite submissions of abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to showcase current research in palliative care (no more than 300 words)

Prize: 3 prizes for oral presentations and a poster prize.

•   1st prize £250 plus a year's free membership
•   2nd prize £100
•   3rd prize £50
•   Poster prize £50

Open to: Healthcare students and healthcare professionals with research projects, quality improvement or audit in the field of palliative medicine

Apply here

Palliative Care Section: Call for abstracts: Future directions of hospice care: IPU or ITU?

Submission deadline

Monday 15 July 2019

Meeting date

Monday 14 October 2019

Application guidelines

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for oral and/or poster presentation are welcomed on research in palliative and end of life care. The submission must be anonymous; it should not include headings, acknowledgements, names or institutions.

Whilst abstracts relevant to the meeting topic are more likely to be chosen for oral presentation, we welcome submissions on any subject in palliative and end of life care.

 

Apply here

Patient Safety Section: Student and Trainees’ Prize

Prize

  • Oral presentation: A year’s free RSM membership
  • Poster presentation: £50

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

All students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract defining a problem in a hospital or community setting related to patient safety and describe a solution for the problem stated. Submissions can be based on audits, quality improvement projects or prototypes of new devices or software that may be useful in-patient safety.

Shortlisted submissions will be considered for both oral and poster presentations. Abstracts that rate highly on originality, clarity, show significant improvement in patient safety and impact at a national or international level, will have a higher likelihood of selection for oral presentations. 

Submission closed

Plastic Surgery Section: UPRAS Prize

Prize

  • n/a

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 300-word abstract on an oral or poster presentation relating to a medical or surgical topic. When submitting your abstract, please state whether you would like to be considered for the poster or oral presentation. There is no limit to the number of abstracts you can submit.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present at the UPRAS meeting.

Submission closed

Psychiatry Section: Students and trainees award

Prize

  • First prize: A year's membership to the RSM and a cash prize for outstanding contributions.

Submission deadline

Sunday 30 June 2019

Open to

Medical students, foundation and specialist trainees.

Application guidelines

Submissions should consist of an anonymised case history or series, a research report, an essay or elective report of up to 3000 words; reflecting your experience and interests in psychiatry. Career stage should be taken into consideration when judging. Submissions should also include a 300-word abstract, summary CV and covering letter.

The top 10 entries are shortlisted and given a year's free membership of the RSM and invited to attend the November psychiatry as a career event.  

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Sexuality & Sexual Health Section: Medical Student and Trainees’ Essay Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £250 and a year’s free RSM membership
  • Second prize: a year’s free RSM membership

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainee doctors within the field of sexual health and associated specialisms within GU/SRH.

Application guidelines

Submit a 2,000-word essay on any research objective of your choice that relates to the following topic: Critically analyse the challenges faced working in abortion services today.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their essay at a Sexuality & Sexual Health meeting.

Submission closed

Sleep Medicine Section: Student Essay Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £200 and an RSM certificate
  • Second prize: £100 and an RSM certificate
  • Third prize: £50 and an RSM certificate

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical (pre-clinical and clinical) and dental undergraduate students.

Application guidelines

Submit a 1,000-word essay on the topic: Should healthcare professionals be concerned about the quality of sleep their patients have?

The word limit does not include references; there are no limits to the number of references used, but they should be formatted in Harvard style. The paper should only have one figure and one table, and it must be anonymous; it should not include the names of the author. The essay should be entirely your own original work and should not have been previously published.

The winner will be invited to present their paper at a Sleep Medicine meeting.

Submission closed

Sport & Exercise Medicine Section: Helal and Harries Prize

Prize

  • RSM certificate

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Students and trainees, allied health professionals and intercalated students.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract describing your work on a subject relevant to sport and exercise medicine. The abstract should describe the background to the work, methods, results and conclusions, and be accompanied by a supporting letter from a consultant or supervisor. The work must not have been previously published.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to give a poster presentation at a Sport & Exercise meeting.

Submission closed

Students Section: Sidney Linton Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £250
  • Second prize: A year's free RSM membership

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical and other healthcare students.

Application guidelines

The Sidney Linton Prize is an opportunity for students to explore novel ways to teach cardiology through peer-produced resources. For this prize we ask participants to take a pre-determined theme and identify different ways to convey the information in the form of an e-resource for a medical student audience.

Possible submission styles include (but are not limited to): Poster (A3), A4 leaflet, video submission, podcast, audio recording. It is designed to test the understanding of participants of core material as well as their ability to convey the information they decide to include.

The title for this year’s prize is: TBC

Submission closed

Students Section: TeachMe Series Research Presentation Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £300
  • Second prize: £150
  • Third prize: £100

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical and other healthcare students, and those within six months of graduating.

Application guidelines

Submit a 200-word abstract on original research undertaken during your undergraduate studies. The main author must be highlighted in the paper and only one submission per author can be submitted.

Please note this prize is not intended for research undertaken as part of a PhD degree.

Submission closed

Surgery Section: John Dawson medical student prize

Prize

£250

Submission deadline

Sunday 21 July 2019

Open to

Medical students

Application guidelines

Candidates should submit clinical case reports detailing original work. The report should be no longer 500 words and have a maximum of 5 references.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to present their papers at the Surgery Section's 'President's Day' at King's College Hospital on 12 September 2019.  

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Venous Forum: Annual Meeting Prize

Prize

  • First prize: £250
  • Second prize: £200
  • Third prize: £150
  • Poster prize: £200

Submission deadline

To be announced

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract on a topic relating to the Venous Forum annual meeting. The abstract should be structured to include aims, methods, results and conclusions.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present an oral presentation at a Venous Forum meeting. A selection of submissions that not shortlisted for oral presentation will be invited to present a poster at the meeting. All accepted abstracts will be published in Phlebology.

Submission closed