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

Key Details:

The competition is open to all students who are in Year 11, 12, or 13 of secondary education, and medical students.

All entries should be word processed, and submitted via e-mail to prizes@unofficialguidetomedicine.com

The maximum word count for entries is 1,500 words, excluding references. Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries to the competition must be unique. The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2017.

The declaration of authorship form needs to be filled in.

Winners will be announced on February 14th, 2017.

All entrants will receive a certification for their participation. One winner will be selected and will receive a winner’s certificate, a copy of all the books in our UGTM series (Worth over £100) and will have an opportunity to work with the UGTM as an author.

Submission Checklist

  1. Original essay
  2. CV
  3. 100-word biography
  4. High quality photo
  5. Declaration of authorship form

Essay Topics

Female doctors in the workplace: What are the specific challenges they may face? How can these be overcome?

Should doctors who make ‘never events’ mistakes have more accountability for their actions? Or should we have a more open approach where the emphasis is mainly learning from our mistakes?

Plastic surgery after bariatric surgery – Should the NHS be responsible for the excess skin left after gastric surgery? What happens when these patients can’t afford the ‘cosmetic surgery’ to remove the excess skin?

Should junk food be highly taxed to fight the obesity crisis? What are the alternatives?

Can you read this? – Why do doctors have terrible handwriting? What sort of problems does this cause in the workplace? What measures can be put in place to reduce illegibility and error?

Consider social, geographical and biological factors for inequalities in healthcare. What can be done to tackle health inequalities?

Consider the development of personalised medicine. What are the benefits and drawbacks of selecting appropriate therapies based on the context of one’s genetic code?

Explore the range of social media tools that are available for healthcare professionals. In what ways can social media be used to improve or enhance healthcare and what are the potential risks?

Competition Winners

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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