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The following are national prizes open for submission by any medical student:

Anaesthesia Essay Prize - Students

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2014
Meeting Date: 6 June 2014
Prize: £250
Open To: All medical Students at recognised teaching institutions within UK and EIRE

The paper must avoid headings, acknowledgements, names or institutions or anything that may reveal the author's identity. Applicants must have played an important part in the relevant research and must have personally written the essay for submission. The papers will be judged by a panel of three assessors. Their decision is final. The winners will be invited to the presentation, followed by dinner.

The essay may describe original research, audit or a case report.

The essay prize attracts a sum of £250 and a certificate, and the winner will be invited to present their work and receive their prize at a meeting of the Section. There is no set word limit.

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Cardiothoracic case presentation - June

Submission Deadline: 12 May 2014
Meeting Date: 27 June 2014
Prize: his prize has been divided into 2 categories:
Oral prize- Sponsorship to attend the SCTS Annual Meeting and Cardiothoracic Forum (sponsored by Sorin Group)
Poster prize- A bottle of Champagne
Open To: All Pre-clinical, clinical cardiothoracic students and trainees.

This prize will be awarded to the best oral and poster presentations with preference for topics related to the theme of quality in cardiothoracic surgery but not essential. To enter, submit your abstracts of no more than 250 words these may include any figures, diagrams, scans etc...

Abstracts will be judged by a small panel including the President and those shortlisted will be invited to present at the upcoming Cardiothoracic Section meeting on the Friday 27 June 2014.

Entries that do not follow these instructions will not be considered.
All applicants must complete a submission form in MS Word format and send their completed abstract via email to the co-ordinator by the deadline stated.

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Catastrophes & Conflict Forum medical student essay prize

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2014
Meeting Date: 24 October 2014
Prize: £250.00
Open To: Applicants should be enrolled full-time at a medical school. Entrants from overseas medical schools welcome.

Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words with references in the Vancouver style.

Entries will be judged on style, impact of subject and originality. Candidates may select from the titles below or choose their own:

1. Catastrophes and conflicts: Are they likely to increase due to climate change?
2. Humanitarian intervention is a positive tool and should be used more often in times of armed conflict. Discuss
3. There is clear evidence that rebuilding the health sector of fragile states contributes to stability of those states. Discuss.
4. The effects of natural disasters on civil society are well understood and do not warrant further research. Do you agree?

Electronic submissions only. Deadline is COP on the date specified.

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Clinical Immunology & Allergy Section President's Prize

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2014
Meeting Date: 17 July 2014
Prize: 1st: £300, 2nd: two prizes of £100
Open To: Training grade doctors, young scientists and medical students (not above Specialist Registrar, Grade B Clinical Scientist or equivalent grade) with an immunological or allergy component of their clinical research.

The work to be presented must be original and substantially the candidate's own. Abstracts (not exceeding 250 words) should be submitted along with a supporting letter from a supervisor.

Candidates will be expected to present their work at a meeting on Tuesday 17 June 2014 to be held in Cambridge.

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Critical Care Section student elective prize

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2014
Meeting Date: 4 July 2014
Prize: £350
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 2014-15 academic year. Also open to Non RSM members.

Applicants should submit a statement of no more than 500 words outlining the purpose of their elective or observership and its relevance to critical care medicine. A summary of where and when the placement will be taken should be provided, along with full details of any other scholarships, awards, bursaries and financial support procured for the purposes of the placement. The application should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae. Judging will be by a panel drawn from the Critical Care Medicine Section Council.

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General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section John Fry Prize

Submission Deadline: 9 April 2014
Meeting Date: 9 July 2014
Prize: £300
Open To: Submissions are open to the following: 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

The submission should be between 2500 and 3000 words and be well referenced.

The submission should be one of the following:
1. An account of an audit or research project carried out in primary care.
2. A reflective account of a health consultation in your primary care practice.
3. A reflective account of an example of team working in primary care.

The submission will be judged on the following criteria:
- Does the paper, in the spirit of John Fry, positively inform best practice involving members of the primary health and social care community, with reference to:
- Accessibility, clarity, cogency and relevance
- Rigour, reliability and replicability- if quantitative research
- Transferability, confirmability and dependability- if qualitative research
- Clarification of relevant issues, development of alternative approaches, informing future practice - if reflective account
- Improving practice
- Contributing to evidence based practice within and between professions
- Lessons learned enhancing understanding of team roles and relationships in research and practice

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Geriatrics & Gerontology Section A C Comfort Essay Prize

Submission Deadline: 24 April 2014
Meeting Date: 24 June 2014
Prize: £300
Open To: Open to: Medical Students (pre-clinical and clinical) and practitioners within 5 years since qualification.

The prize will be awarded to the best essay of 4-5000 words (excluding references) on any aspect of ageing.

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Intellectual Disability Forum Student Prize

Submission Deadline: 6 March 2014
Meeting Date: 27 May 2014
Prize: £125 book token and one year's membership to the RSM
Open To: Medical or dental student in the UK or the Republic of Eire. The candidate need not be a member of the Royal Society of Medicine.

This prize will be awarded for the best essay, project report or other piece of work concerned with furthering the welfare of children or adults with intellectual disability. Submissions should not be more than 1500 words.

A letter from the student's academic institution must accompany all submissions, confirming that the author is a medical student. Only one paper may be submitted by any candidate in one year.

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Ophthalmology Section students and trainees prize

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2014
Meeting Date: 12 June 2014
Prize: Best Poster: £150, Best Paper: £150
plus the Dermot Pierse prize of one years subscription to the British Journal of Ophthalmology to the overall winner
Open To: Medical students and doctors in training

Opportunity to present research work and case reports to a knowledgeable and critical audience at a Section meeting. Papers accepted would be considered for publication in the JRSM. Abstracts should be sent of a maximum 300 words.

1 submission per person only. The judges will then select 8 oral finalists and 30 poster finalists.

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Orthopaedics Section President's Prize Papers

Submission Deadline: 16 May 2014
Meeting Date: 19 June 2014
Prize: Clinical paper prize: 1st £300.00, 2nd £200.00
Open To: Orthopaedic Students and Trainees

Papers describing original (not previously published) work will be judged by a small panel including the President. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted.

Shortlisted papers will be picked based on the 250 abstract, the top selection of these will be asked to give a presentation at the event on the 4th of December 2013. The winner and runner up of the prize will be judged on their presentation.

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Psychiatry Section Student and Trainee Awards

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2014
Meeting Date: tba
Prize: 1 year of membership to the RSM and a cash award for outstanding contributions
Open To: Medical Students and Foundation and Specialist Trainees

Show your potential as an outstanding psychiatrist for the future.

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. Your career stage will be taken into consideration when judging. Submissions should also include a summary CV and covering letter.

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SMG Research Presentation Prize

Submission Deadline: 2 May 2014
Meeting Date: tba
Prize: Oral: 1st: £300, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £100.
Open To: RSM Student Members only, and those within six months of qualifying.

Abstracts of original research undertaken during undergraduate studies will be considered. The research studies may be basic science or clinical projects. The prize is not intended for research undertaken as part of a PhD degree.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words, underlining the main author who must be the person presenting the paper. Only one presenter will be accepted for each paper. Only one submission per main author.

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Surgery Section John Dawson Medical Student Prize

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2014
Meeting Date: 6 June 2014
Prize: £250
Open To: Medical students

Candidates should submit case reports in the form of an abstract of no more than 500 words. Abstracts are short listed and the best presentation is awarded the prize and will be required to present their paper at the annual President's Day in June.

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The SMG Sidney Linton Prize

Submission Deadline: 2 May 2014
Meeting Date: tba
Prize: 1st: £250, 2nd : A year's free RSM membership
Open To: RSM student members only


The Sidney Linton Prize is an opportunity for medical 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. 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 form this e-resource can take is open and possible formats include (but not exclusively):
- Poster (A3)
- A4 Leaflet (Front and back)
- Video (5 min)
- Podcast/audio recording (10min)

1. Full names of all authors must be given
2. Individuals making submissions must sign a liability/copyright form to allow for publication of the resource online if the submission is successfully shortlisted and also ensure that the Royal Society of Medicine is absolved from any charges made against the video /leaflet/poster.
3. The accuracy/validity of the information used in the resource must be signed off by a cardiologist/consultant and is the responsibility of the participant to ensure this is completed alongside the submission as the resource will not be marked otherwise. The form to do this is enclosed with the entry form.

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Urology Section Professor John Blandy Essay Prize for Medical Students

Submission Deadline: 7 March 2014
Meeting Date: tba
Prize: A bursary of £1,000 and an RSM award certificate
Open To: Medical students

Prizes are sponsored by the J and S Katz Charitable Trust. Professor John Blandy was an exceptional teacher and innovative urological surgeon. This prize is a memorial to him, kindly donated by the J and S Katz Charitable Trust to inspire medical students to consider urology within the busy curriculum of modern medical training. The first prize will be judged on an essay of 1,500 words in length. This year the title is "The role of simulation in urological training"
The prize will be awarded at the President's Day Meeting in Ipswich on May 30 2014 and includes a bursary of £1,000 and an RSM award certificate. Proxime Accessit will also receive a certificate.
Non-RSM members are welcome to apply.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to give a 10-15 minute presentation of their work at an RSM Urology Section meeting.

Application form: