THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO MEDICINE ESSAY COMPETITION

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An international competition for secondary school and medical students

All entries should be word processed, and submitted via e-mail.

Please also attach a CV, 100 word biography and high quality photo of yourself to prizes@unofficialguidetomedicine.com

Entries for 2017 are now closed

Please check back here for details of our 2018 Essay Competition.

Competition Winners – 2017

There were numerous high-quality entries for the essay competition, and we would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts. In fact, we had such a hard time choosing the winners, that we decided to award prizes to essays which were highly commended as well! The first prize winners will receive a complete set of books from the Unofficial Guide Series, and the opportunity to become an author with us.

Medical Students

First Prize

Richard Odle

Richard Odle

5th year MB/PhD student at the University of Cambridge

I am in my research phase at the Babraham Institute whilst continuing medical education. My current ambition is to become a clinician-scientist, taking the best of both worlds! I have a particular interest in the development of novel cancer therapeutics.

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Highly Commended

Yusuf Karmali

Yusuf Karmali

Intercalating in Experimental Pathology at Barts and The London

Having completed three years of medicine. I have interests in both medical education and health policy, hence why this essay was something that intrigued me!

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

First year medical student at the University of Warwick

In July 2016 I graduated with a B.Sc in Mathematics from Southampton, and I enjoyed education so much, that within 2 months I was back in full time lectures. Although there is quite a notable change from Mathematics to Medicine, and I can’t wait to see what the next 4 years have in store! (Although I feel that hoping there is some time off in there too, might be setting my hopes too high)

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Corey Magee

Corey Magee

Fourth year medical student at Queen’s University, Belfast

I am currently taking time away from medicine to complete an intercalated masters program. While this is certainly proving to be a challenging endeavour, I am enjoying the research exposure that is on offer. In terms of my future career, I have yet to decide on one particular speciality. In fact, I tend to enjoy all parts of the medical course…well, nearly all of them! Alongside medicine, my other thriving passions include music and drama!

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Lucy Faulkner

Lucy Faulkner

Final year medical student at the University of Sheffield

I have completed a Bmedsci in the department of Infection and Immunity and in the future I hope to complete paediatrics training and then specialise in clinical genetics, after really enjoying my elective in the clinical genetics department of Sheffield Children’s’ Hospital as well as paediatrics on the Isle of Man. I’m looking forward to starting the Academic Foundation Programme in Yorkshire in August this year. In my spare time I am a member of the University of Sheffield Triathalon club.

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Chai Chung Sien

Chai Chung Sien

Second year medical student in the University of Dundee

I enjoy participating in activities both inside and outside the medical school and have helped out in a few events organised by the Dundee Malaysian Society (DUMAS). I  have a special interest in Human Factors and Surgery and look forward to doing a project integrating the two. Apart from academics, I especially enjoy listening to the oldies, reading fantasy novels and playing sports.

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Secondary School Students

First Prize

Ashvin Kuri

Ashvin Kuri

Studying Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level

I hope to study Medicine at University. I particularly enjoy Human Biology and learning about diseases and their cures. Outside of lessons, I enjoy competing in Athletics, playing the violin, piano and singing, and volunteering in my local area at a Care Home and with disabled children.

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Highly Commended

Nabihah Rahman

Nabihah Rahman

Studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Latin at A-level

I intend to pursue a career in medicine in the future and specialise in Paediatrics. I am employed as a pharmacy sales assistant and I also enjoy volunteering at my local hospital and care home.

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Aleksandra Skroban

Well done to Aleksandra on being a runner-up in the secondary school category of our ‘Unofficial Guide to Medicine Essay Competition’ for her essay on “Doctor accountability and ‘no-blame’ culture as instruments to reduce ‘never events’ “

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Poppy Pierce

Poppy Pierce

Studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Psychology at Haggerston Sixth form

I want to study medicine so that I can care for those who are at their most vulnerable. I love the satisfaction of helping people and I know medical school will give me the skills to do so. I believe there is so much more research still to be done. In medicine you see the rewards of your labour unfold before your eyes and the field of expertise continually expands.

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Molly Teather

Molly Teather

Studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French A levels

I am hoping to study Medicine at university and become a doctor. I chose this title after having shadowed an anaesthetist which has given me a particular interest in anaesthetics and surgery.

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Ben Lim

Ben Lim

Studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics at AS Level

I would like to study Medicine at university and specialise in Infectious Diseases. Outside of school I enjoy playing the piano and volunteering at my local hospital and church.

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Competition Winners – 2016

There were numerous high-quality entries for the essay competition, and we would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts. In fact, we had such a hard time choosing the winners, that we decided to award prizes to essays which were highly commended as well! The first prize winners will receive a complete set of books from the Unofficial Guide Series, and the opportunity to become an author with us.

Secondary School Students

First Prize

Michaela Gaston

Reigate Grammar School

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Highly Commended

Akua Crankson

Akua Crankson

James Allen’s Girls’ School

My name is Akua Crankson and I am 17 years old. I live in London and am currently studying Biology, Maths, Chemistry and Latin at A2 level. I hope to study medicine at university and specialise in Geriatrics. In my spare time I enjoy playing the clarinet and volunteering at my local hospital.

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Mehnaz Khan

Mehnaz Khan

Ibstock Place School

My name is Mehnaz Khan. I am 17 years old and am currently studying mathematics, chemistry and biology at a level. I absolutely love biology, learning about the human body and about all the complex yet fascinating wonders of medical science. One day, I hope to become a doctor and work to make people’s lives better.

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Vinay Mandagere

Vinay Mandagere

Stockport Grammar School

Hello, I’m Vinay. I’m a Gap Year student who is entering the University of Bristol this year to study medicine. I enjoy reading, playing the violin and trying different types of tea (especially Earl Grey). I’m also very interested in writing.

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Medical Students

First Prize

Andrea McCarthy

Andrea McCarthy

University College Dublin

My name is Andrea Mc Carthy and I am a final year student in University College Dublin. I enjoy working with my hands so after first training as a physiotherapist, I returned to school to study medicine and am hoping to specialise in surgery. Which kind? Well, that’s a work in progress but I do like general surgery and orthopaedics best. When I am not freaking out about becoming an intern or trying to get into yet another surgery, I enjoy shooting and catching up with friends. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Highly Commended

Eloise Shaw

Eloise Shaw

Third year medical student, University of Nottingham

Having just completed the BMedSci part of her degree Ellie is looking forward to beginning the clinical phase, starting working on the wards and hopefully finding the field of medicine she wants to specialise in.

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