British Society for Dermatological Surgery Essay Prize

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Twice yearly the British Society for Dermatological Surgery (BSDS) sets an essay title on a topic relating to dermatological surgery and offers a prize for the winning essay. The title for the next essay prize is:

“Should NHS patients have access to scar management?”

Attached is a poster and application form (with conditions of entry) for the Essay Prize. The BSDS Medical Student Essay Prize is open to any individual who has medical student status at the time of application, or who graduates in 2017.

Closing date for applications is 31st July 2017. The winner will get a place on the BSDS Stitch-Up course in November. For further details on how to apply please click here.

Target Ovarian Cancer Essay Prize

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I am delighted to be writing to you with information on the inaugural Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize being delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

More women die as a result of ovarian cancer each year in the UK than all other gynaecological cancers combined. At the moment, women with breast or uterine cancer are twice as likely to be diagnosed with early stage disease as women with ovarian cancer and early diagnosis is key if more women are to survive this disease. Ensuring the doctors of tomorrow are aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and how the disease presents is a vital step in ensuring more women are diagnosed sooner.

Essays are therefore invited on one of the following topics:

* Early detection of ovarian cancer. Is it possible?

* Screening for ovarian cancer. Are we there yet?

* Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Does it matter?

These titles are intended to encourage students to read more widely on ovarian cancer, to think about some of the current issues and learn about recent research.

The prize is open to all UK medical students. There will be a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £200. Essays are to be no longer than 2,000 words with up to ten references. The deadline for submission is Friday 30 June 2017 with all completed essays to be emailed to Essays will be marked by a judging panel comprising representatives from RCOG and Target Ovarian Cancer’s GP Advisory Board. Winners will be announced in autumn 2017 with prizes to be awarded at an event jointly hosted by the two organisations.

If you have any questions or for any further information please contact

HealthWatch Student Prize

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HealthWatch is the charity that has been promoting science and integrity in healthcare since 1991.

This year’s student prize competition for critical appraisal of clinical research protocols is now open.

There are two first prizes of £500 each, one for medical and dental students and one for students of nursing, midwifery and professions allied to medicine. Up to 5 runner-up prizes of £100 will be awarded in each class.

Prize winners will be invited to attend the HealthWatch Annual General Meeting in October to receive their prizes.

The competition consists of four hypothetical research protocols: your task is to rank the protocols in order from that most likely to provide a reliable answer to the stated aims of the trial to that least likely to do so. You then have to explain your ranking in no more than 600 words.

Entries must be received by 30 June 2017.

Find out more here.

British Association of Dermatologists Undergraduate Awards

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The following undergraduate awards are being offered by British Association of Dermatologists:

Elective Prize/Project Grants: 9 x £500

Deadline: 6 January (2 awards) and 6 May (7 awards) each year

Up to 9 grants of £500 each are available, to undergraduate medical students at UK or Irish universities, who will be undertaking a research project related to dermatology or skin biology or an elective in the UK or an overseas dermatology department. Applications must be made before the start of the elective /project period.

Essay Prize: £500 and 3 x £250

Deadline: 6 January each year

The BAD annually sets an essay title on a topic related to dermatology and offers prizes of £500 for the winning essay and three runners-up prizes of £250. The essay should be no more than 2,500 words long. The prize is open to any undergraduate medical student studying at a university in the UK or Ireland.

Intercalated Degree Grant: 2 x £3,000

Deadline: 6 May each year

Two grants of £3,000 are available to assist an UK or Irish undergraduate medical student with an intercalated degree which includes a project that is relevant to dermatology and/or skin biology. As the grant is awarded in the middle of an academic year, applications will be accepted for projects ongoing through that academic year or for projects to be carried out in the next academic year.

NIHR/BAD Travel Bursaries: 6 x £500

Research Taster/Visit Bursaries: 6 x £500

Deadline: January each year

The NIHR and the BAD also offer Travel Bursaries to attend a key dermatology scientific meeting and Research Taster Visit Bursaries to enable someone who is thinking about doing dermatology research or somebody at a relatively early stage of their research career to visit a research department to get a taste of research in that department or to initiate further research collaborations.

Applicants do not have to be BAD members to apply.


BHMA Student Essay Prize

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Applications are open for the British Holistic Medical Association 2017 student prize. For more details, see below. Essays are to be submitted to