THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO MEDICINE ESSAY COMPETITION
An international competition for secondary school and medical students
Entries for 2018 are now open.
Closing date: Friday 8th Feruary 2019.
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. 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 Friday 8th February 2019.
All entrants will receive a certificate for their participation. One winner will be selected and will receive a winner’s certificate and a copy of all the books in our UGTM series worth over £250.
You can download a copy of our marking scheme to help you with your essay from the links below:
Secondary school pupil titles:
Discuss the role of the NHS in disease prevention.
Discuss the ethics of treating patients with smoking- and alcohol-related disease.
Medical student titles:
Discuss the current challenges facing general practice and how these can be tackled.
Discuss the current challenges facing emergency medicine and how these can be tackled.
Competition Winners – 2017
There were numerous high-quality entries for the essay competition, and we would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts.
Third year graduate entry medical student at Swansea University
I am passionate about the sciences, in particular medicine, and enjoy the challenges of working within the modern-day NHS. My time spent studying medicine has fuelled my enthusiasm for teaching and has shown me the benefits of teamwork in a pressured system. I consider continued learning one of the factors that make medicine so rewarding. This ongoing development only encourages opportunities to teach your successors whilst providing a mutually beneficial facet to develop communication & interpersonal skills that can be taken into future practice.
Second year medical student at University College London
During my first year I have been involved in the role of an Advanced Student Academic Representative, liaising closely with the Medical School department heads to improve the delivery, structure and content of the first year modules. Also, as President of UCL Nepalese Society, I am able to demonstrate my leadership and management skills and work with committee members to organise and manage events and the society. As a member of the BMA, I am keen on updating my knowledge on the current affairs of the medical sector. In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and cooking as a way of keeping active and de-stressing. Having contributed as a student reviewer in the upcoming Orthopaedic X-Ray book, I am keen to contribute my skills in medical education. I am also currently actively involved in a research project involving T1 mapping of inflammation in cardiac MRI.
Third year graduate entry medical student at Swansea University
Before starting medical school, I always had an interest in research and it was something I wanted to carry on doing whilst studying medicine. Due to time and workload pressures at medical school, carrying out lab research wasn’t very feasible so I decided to carry out research on paper rather than in labs. This is where I came across essay competitions and it is something I find very stimulating, challenging and very manageable. It provides me with an opportunity to express myself and carry out research which may be beneficial to someone somewhere.
11th grade student at L’Ecole Chempaka, Trivandrum, India
I’m fascinated by how the human body works and I plan to pursue a career in biomedical research in the future. Microbiology, Infectious Disease and Epidemiology are a few areas that have recently piqued my interest, which is why I decided to write my essay on antibiotic resistance. Apart from my academic interests, I love playing the flute and I’m also an avid debater and quizzer.
Kelly Ka Lee Li
Year 11 student at Wycombe Abbey School, UK
As an aspiring medical doctor, I strive towards opportunities in order to supplement my knowledge beyond the standard syllabuses. I also enjoy researching a variety of fields within medicine and the sciences in general, as well as playing the piano and the violin in my spare time.
Year 12 student at Kings College Taunton, UK
I am currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A-level. I am currently volunteering in a care home and this has helped me to understand some of the reoccurring issues in modern medicine that I have talked about in my essay. In my spare time I like to play football, hockey and cricket as well as playing the piano and the clarinet.
Year 12 student at Brookfield Community School, UK
I’m studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths currently and I would like to study medicine at University. In my free time I’m a young leader at a Brownie Group and help out at local care home.
- Simar Bajaj
- Eden Simkins
- Seb Baynes
- Ima Silva
- Zain Girach
- Erica Ogbomo
- Evie Singer
- Shivani Raja
- Ria Nair
- Ashitha Abdul
- Vindhya Maripuri
- Rahul Panniker
- Shivani Pedda Venkatagari
- Kirthika Janaarthanan
- Lucy Norman
- Lauren Davies
- Aydah Sarah Ashraf
- Neha Telikapalli
- Anthony Kemp
- Nancy Braithwaite
- Amy Turnbull
- Eliza Gibb
- Reika Yamamoto
Competition Winners – 2016
There were numerous high-quality entries for the essay competition, and we would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts. 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.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
Secondary School Students
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.
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.
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’ “
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.
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.
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.
Competition Winners – 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.