Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education

The “Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education” was launched in 2014. It aims to acknowledge the efforts of junior doctors and medical students, who in their spare time, have been setting up and contributing to projects to help their fellow students.

If you would like to enter the 2016 award, please submit a 1000 word summary of your contributions to medical education to prizes@unofficialguidetomedicine.com by 14th January 2017. Entries will be marked equally on i) overcoming obstacles/challenges ii) innovation of ideas iii) breadth of contributions and iv) impact of work.

Matthew Byrne

Matthew Byrne

Final year medical student at Newcastle University

Winner – 2016

Matthew’s contributions to medical education range from teaching seminars, to founding societies and publishing a revision resource. He has noticed the gaps in medical school curriculums and has made it his task to fill these, teaching publishing, research, and business skills. How has he achieved all of this whilst balancing his time with his own studies and acting as Editor-in-Chief of a National medical student journal? We’ll never know… but one thing is for sure: it’s inspirational.

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James Kilgour and Shivali Fulchand

James Kilgour and Shivali Fulchand

Final year medical students at Cardiff University School of Medicine

Runner-up – 2016

James and Shivali also have the very impressive titles of Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of ‘The British Student Doctor’: a medical student-led journal they conceptualised, developed, and have successfully taken to an international level!

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Eleanor Crossley

Eleanor Crossley

Foundation Year 2 doctor, currently working for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Runner-up – 2016

Eleanor’s dedication and innovations to optimise the educational experiences of medical students seem never-ending! Her contributions have hugely benefitted students at the Brighton and Sussex medical school but also nationally. Eleanor’s own thoughts on her work beautifully summarise the extent of the impact she has made: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement in various aspects of medical education from teaching students directly, designing online resources and teaching programmes, to curriculum development.

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Richard Bartlett

Richard Bartlett

Studying undergraduate medicine at UCL as part of the MBPhD programme

Runner-up – 2016

Richard has been voted UCL PALS ‘top tutor’,  developed online educational resources, authored chapters for the ‘Unofficial Guide to medicine’ series, and re-stablished the National Undergraduate & Foundation Surgery Conference to provide a national platform for improved undergraduate surgical education. On top of this, he has also founded the incredibly successful Surgical Shadowing Scheme at UCL, and this demonstrates great potential to be developed into a wider national initiative.

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Todd Manning

Todd Manning

Urology Registrar Doctor and Honorary Research Fellow at Austin Health in Melbourne Australia

Runner-up – 2016

Dr Todd Galvin Manning is an Unaccredited Urology Registrar Doctor and Honorary Research Fellow at Austin Health in Melbourne Australia.  He is currently completing a Masters of Surgery at the University of Melbourne relating to the field of Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection and testicular cancer in young men. His contributions to medical education are extensive and include; mentoring individual students, writing chapters for the soon-to-be-published textbook “The Junior Doctor’s Survival Guide” and delivering lectures and anatomy demonstrations in both unofficial and official roles through the Austin Hospital, Monash University and The University of Melbourne.

He is an avid academic with multiple publications in high end journals and is the current president and co-founder of the innovative Young Urology Researchers Organisation (YURO). The formation of YURO is one of Todd’s proudest achievements to date, given his interest in medical education. It serves several roles, including the mentorship of young researchers attracted to the field of Urology and is an easily accessible platform for open communication and collaboration in research.

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Rachael Boyle

Rachael Boyle

Post-graduate student, currently in 5th year of Medicine at The University of Edinburgh

Runner-up – 2016

Rachael has recognised the difficulties that many students face in relation to the increasing costs of medical education, and has tackled this problem in her role in the Edinburgh Student Surgical Society by providing high quality, affordable tutorials. Rachael’s influence in practical skills training extends even further to encouraging volunteering with student support services and working as a Health Care Assistant – and her role in improving medical education doesn’t stop there.

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Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Final year of medical degree at The Hull York Medical School

Runner-up – 2016

Olivia has contributed widely at an international level to medical education by the publication of two books, one of which is even being translated into complex Chinese. Her achievements extend far beyond this though to novel research contributing new ideas to the evidence base that has been presented both nationally and internationally. Combined with her work to assist the education of the next cohort of medical students, Olivia’s contributions are wide-spanning and extensive.

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Philip Stather

Philip Stather

ST6 Vascular Surgery Specialty Trainee, having graduated from Leicester Medical School in 2007

Runner-up – 2016

Philip has become widely involved in education of the next generation of doctors and says his key message to junior doctors is “to add at least one thing to your CV from every job”. Throughout each stage of his own career he has made extensive contributions to medical teaching including through www.teachmesurgery.com and publishing two successful books.

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Rob Willmore

Rob Willmore

5th year Medical Student at the University of Bristol

Runner-up – 2016

After a shocking experience in his first year at medical school he realised a need to teach medical students some vital first aid skills. Facing setbacks and resistance from the university, he fought for a change and established his own first-aid society, training fellow students in life-saving skills. Not only has he now successfully achieved a change in the Bristol university curriculum to include BLS and first aid training, but he is on the road to making an international impact through his research indicating the dire need for change.

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Stella Sepping

Stella Sepping

Academic FY2, Swansea University Graduate Entry Medicine Programme.

Runner-up – 2016

Stella is an academic FY2 whose previous career was as a music teacher. She comments that she “loved to engage and inspire my students to not only excel in their subject, but to thoroughly enjoy it. When I embarked on a new career as a doctor I knew that I still had that passion to teach and mentor others (despite the very different subject matter that I now encountered!).” In her roles as Swansea University Medical School’s ambassador for the British Undergraduate Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BUSOG) until her graduation, and now as an FY2 her focus is on medical education. Stella recognised that many students struggle to understand embryology and has helped thousands of people across the world by creating her very own youtube ‘claymation’ explaining the embryology of the heart.

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Rebecca Best

Rebecca Best

Fourth year student at Cardiff University, currently intercalating in Clinical Epidemiology

Runner-up – 2016

Rebecca says about herself “I am passionate about emergency medicine, global health and public health and hope to pursue a career in academic medicine that will allow me to combine hands on work with individual patients and clinical research at the population level”. Rebecca’s work has focused on medical education and she has recently set up a scheme in which medical students are trained to go into schools in the Cardiff area and educate the pupils on the Human Papillomavirus vaccination.

She is student lead for the ‘Prehospital and Emergency Medicine for Students’ (PEMS) scheme and as part of this has developed many excellent teaching sessions, resources and opportunities to help medical students feel more confident in their knowledge of acute care. Rebecca has also been involved with a number of other medical education projects, which she has published and presented all over the UK.

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Highly Commended -2016

  • Adam Wilson
  • Christopher Schultz
  • Akash Doshi U Bhalraam
  • Jamie D’Costa
  • Chris Graham
  • Kris Capper
  • Matt Walton
  • Abhijeet Tavare
  • Oliver Mowforth
  • Fady Anis
  • Gheed Mahir

Winners of the Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education 2015

Matthew Roche

Matthew Roche

Core Surgical Trainee Year One: London School of Surgery

Winner – 2015

As a medical student Matthew spotted an opportunity to use smartphone technology as an aid to medical education. As a junior doctor he taught himself to program using free resources, then wrote a series of OSCE tutorials for medical students. These were released worldwide and completely free as a mobile application named ‘OSCE Revision for Medical Students’.

Since the initial launch Matthew has continued to grow the app by recruiting medical students to write content, deploying onto new platforms and seeking sponsorship to ensure continued free provision. The app is now run as a not-for-profit company; it has been downloaded in one hundred countries and is used by 600 people every month.

Roberta Bullingham

Roberta Bullingham

Final Year Medical Student at Southampton

Winner – 2015

Roberta is a final year graduate-entry student at Southampton with a background in Veterinary Medicine. In her role as Academic President, she has set up a number of projects aiming to optimise the educational experience of medical students. Such initiatives included: a peer mentorship scheme for re-sitters, a SJT buddy scheme delivered by junior doctors across the region and the integration of simulated patient technology into acute care teaching.

Roberta has also helped deliver a peer mock OSCE, emergency care conference and surgical skills course at Southampton. She has presented at medical education conferences (AMEE and ILiaD) and co-authored in The Unofficial Guide to Surgery (2016).

Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn

Third year medical student, intercalating in the Clinical Sciences at Birmingham

Highly Commended – 2015

As President of the Birmingham Academic Medicine Society, who run a number of events to engage students in research, Lauren also has a keen interest in the field of medical education. This year they held their first Teacher Training day to give students the confidence and competence to teach their peers effectively.

Lauren applied for the Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education to help raise awareness of all that can be achieved as a ‘mere medical student’ when you put your mind, heart and soul to the task!

Lauren’s advice would be to simply ask the formidable academics within your institution for their invaluable mentorship and guidance to make your goals a reality.

Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca Fisher

Fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh

Highly Commended – 2015

Rebecca is an aspiring surgeon and lead editor for a new student surgical textbook entitled ‘An Introduction to Surgery for Students’, due for publication in 2017. She leads a team of 70 enthusiastic students and surgeons, and applied for this prize as recognition for her team’s hard work.

She is also Women in Surgery Convenor at Edinburgh Student Surgical Society, running careers events and conducting research on career aspirations of Edinburgh students. In 2014 she also founded a popular Medic Mentor Programme at Malvern St James Girls School, Worcestershire.

Jemma Shanley

Jemma Shanley

Fourth year medical student at Bristol University

Highly Commended – 2015

Jemma’s background prior to coming back to study medicine, was in clinical pharmacy where she had experience in medicine and patient safety. When Jemma entered back into the classroom environment of medical education, she noticed there was a lack of pharmacology teaching and safe prescribing in the under graduate curriculum.

Jemma set up and founded the Renal and Endocrine Society at Bristol University – (REMs) whereby the society facilitates events and workshops for medical students such as “The Power of the Pen” providing teaching away from the classroom and more focused on the real day to day job.

Yashashwi Sinha

Yashashwi Sinha

Academic Foundation Year One Doctor working in London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Highly Commended – 2015

Yash developed his interest in medical education as both a peer and widening-access mentor. He took on education-delivery roles as Chairman of the Keele Surgical Society and as an NHS Evidence Champion for NICE. Yash has been fortunate to deliver international presentations and publish on medical education topics.

As a student Yash established the non-profit enterprise ‘Medics Teaching Medics’ which continues to work on creating courses focused on transition periods of education, e.g. final year student to junior doctor. The enterprise has delivered four courses so far, all being well-received, ranging from local to national and raised £400 for charities in the process. Yash applied for the award to substantiate his achievements but also to raise the profile of Medics Teaching Medics.

Andrew Mooney

Andrew Mooney

Third year medical student at the University of Glasgow

Highly Commended – 2015

Having entered Medicine as a mature student, Andrew Mooney developed a passion for helping students in a similar position, which lead to him authoring ‘The SWAPWest Medical Applicant’s Handbook’.

Having also won a ‘Truth About Youth Award’ for voluntary work with cancer and MS patients, Andrew is now involved in the Adult Learner’s Network, providing support to mature students at Glasgow University, and is also taking part in a psychiatry academic mentorship programme.

Andrew is currently creating a textbook and website on psychiatry for undergraduate medical students, through which he hopes to help improve student engagement with the specialty.

Dominique Lentchou Mbiadjeu

Dominique Lentchou Mbiadjeu

Final year medical student at Norwich Medical School

Highly Commended – 2015

Dominique became involved in the Anatomy Drawing Society at Norwich Medical School. The idea of an Anatomy Society had never been introduced before hence it was an innovative idea. The society also included a drawing aspect, which was aimed at students with a more visual learning style.

We had a life model at each session and a drawing time where students would be encouraged to draw various anatomical structures on their sheet using the life model as inspiration. Initially Dominique was the Secretary then Event Coordinator and finally President. Alongside this society, she has been involved in Peer Assisted Learning, facilitated clinical skills session for 3 years and tutored several medical students.

Benjamin Beska

Benjamin Beska

Fifth year intercalating medical student at Newcastle University

Highly Commended – 2015

Ben is intercalating into an MRes Cardiovascular Science and has interests in academic cardiology and medical education. He has taught actively as a committee member of the Newcastle Medical Education Society and with colleagues developed a novel adapted round-robin revision technique, which will be presented at the Academy of Medical Educators Annual Meeting 2016. Earlier this year he was short listed for the Sidney Linton Prize 2015 in Medical Education and Cardiology. He has written academic book chapters on interventional cardiology and is a student textbook reviewer for Wiley-Blackwell.

Ben is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education and is involved in multiple medical education research projects, both within the university and within the Trust, and is currently developing a new tool to measure the quality of the postgraduate learning environment.

Winners of the Zeshan Qureshi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education 2014

Alexander Yao

Alexander Yao

First year Academic Foundation Doctor working in Newcastle with an interest in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Winner – 2014

In his clinical years at Imperial College London, Alex founded the National ENT Undergraduates and Foundation Trainees Society (NEUFTS) to address the shortfall of ENT exposure at undergraduate level.

With the NEUFTS members he developed the website containing ENT educational resources, career and elective information. He has established a network with representatives in over 15 deaneries, and over 15 medical schools. He has worked with ENTUK to establish a new ENT undergraduate curriculum. He is currently writing an official undergraduate handbook and app for ENTUK along with members of the society.

NEUFTS has a new identity endorsed by ENTUK- SFO UK (Students and Foundation trainees in Otolaryngology, UK) with a modern, new website at  http://sfo.entuk.org/

He applied for the award to formalise the achievements of the society and colleagues.

Ollie Jones

Ollie Jones

Clinical medical student at the University of Leicester

Winner – 2014

Ollie has a keen interest in medico-politics and medical education, and is a member of The Association for the Study of Medical Education. In addition, Ollie has a research interest in the genetic basis of myocardial infarction, and is currently completing his intercalated BSc degree in this area.

Ollie created TeachMeAnatomy.info in February 2012. The aim was to create a high quality anatomy resource, with an emphasis on design as well as content. TeachMeAnatomy now contains over 300 articles, written by collaborative team of 50 authors – containing medical students, junior doctors and anatomists. The website currently receives over 600,000 page views a month from locations all over the world. Ollie applied for the “Zeshan Qureshi Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education Award” to get recognition on a national scale, and to gain some additional publicity for the resource.

Ollie has since produced a surgical resource aimed at medical students and junior doctors – http://TeachMeSurgery.com

Katherine Lattey

Katherine Lattey

Final year medical student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Highly Commended – 2014

Katherine will soon be taking up a foundation post at Northwick Park, North West Thames Deanery. She has taught wherever she could at medical school as part of near-peer teaching programmes and at a broadening access to medicine course. She also completed a Masters of Research in Maternal and Fetal Health as an intercalated degree.

Katherine is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education and in July 2014 presented a poster on behalf of the Unofficial Guide to Medicine at the Annual Scientific meeting in Brighton. This was entitled “Junior doctor and student led ‘near-peer’ medical textbooks: a novel approach to a medical publishing group”. The poster won the student prize in this conference and received excellent feedback on the day.

Katrina Mason

Katrina Mason

Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Highly Commended – 2014

Katrina Mason is due to start her higher surgical training in Otorhinolaryngology in London in October 2015. She has helped broaden access to the surgical profession by extending the reach of the Surgery in Schools workshops offered by The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSEng) to boys’ schools, as this was previously a female-only initiative.

She has also improved formal relations between students and the RCSEng by securing medical student representation on the Opportunities in Surgery Committee. Alongside arranging regional and national post-graduate educational courses Katrina is currently co-editor of a core surgical textbook, “The Unofficial Guide to Surgery (2015).”

Louis Hainsworth

Louis Hainsworth

Junior Doctor at Yeovil District Hospital

Highly Commended – 2014

Louis Hainsworth is very passionate about medical education, in particular promoting student led research and increasing students understanding of research and publishing. Along with this he is currently undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Louis is currently Deputy Editor of Res Medica, a student-led peer reviewed journal of the Royal Medical Society. The journal aims to promote academic writing and publication of medical student work and to involve students in all stages of the peer review process and on the editorial board. The journals is viewed globally and receives article submissions from 4 continents. Louis applied for the “Zeshan Qureshi Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education Award” to further promote Res Medica along with highlighting the importance of students being involved with research.

Shahab Shaid

Shahab Shaid

Third year medical student at St George’s University of London

Highly Commended – 2014

Shahab writes anatomy content for kenhub.com and teachmeanatomy.com. An anatomy demonstrator at St George’s University as well as a clinical skills tutor, his sessions are very well received. Shahab has delivered three revision lectures to first and second year students on ‘Anatomy’ and ‘The Cerebral Blood Supply’. All three were very well received.

Shahab was involved in a study that focused on developing a curriculum for ureteroscopy and cystoscopy simulation training.The paper has been accepted in Surgical Endoscopy. He teaches surgical skills on the Surgical BSc at KCL. The Surgical BSc that is being developed will implement many of his ideas. Shahab applied for this award for recognition of his achievements in medical education.

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