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Undergraduate Medical Student Essay Prize

Grants and awards for undergraduates

Undergraduate Essay Prize / Wylie Medal (Cash Prize and a Medal) 

The Wylie Medal 2018 will be awarded to the most meritorious essay on this year’s topic 'Medical student electives in developing countries: medical tourism or formative experience?' written by an undergraduate medical student at a university in Great Britain or Ireland. The overall winner will receive the Wylie Medal in memory of Dr W Derek Wylie, President of the AAGBI 1980-82.

Submission for the 2018 award is now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome following the Research & Grants Committee meeting in March

Essays should be prepared according to the general format of the ‘Notice to Contributors’found here »

  • Applications were invited from medical students studying in Great Britain and Ireland (subject to confirmation of eligibility).
  • All applicants should be the sole author of their essay.
  • The word limit is 1000 words (excluding references and headings).
  • Some essays may be published online or in Anaesthesia News, depending on their suitability and at the discretion of the AAGBI. All essay submissions will be subject to a plagiarism check and the results will be considered as part of the judging process.
  • All submissions will blinded to reviewers. Author names and contact information should not be included on the submitted essay.

The Association recognises that many medical schools also offer prizes to medical students for essays on a topic related to anaesthesia and has decided that the winning of a local prize will not preclude entry for the essay prize. However applicants must inform the AAGBI if funding or a prize is being sought from other bodies (email secretariat@aagbi.org).

Examples of previous winning essays are available to download below.

2017 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2016 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2015 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2014 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2013 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2012 Wylie Medal winner's essay »
2011 Wylie Medal winner's essay »

Undergraduate Elective Funding

Applications will be invited from medical students studying in Great Britain and Ireland (subject to confirmation of eligibility) to apply to the AAGBI Foundation for funding towards a medical student elective period taking place between April 2018 and September 2018. Overseas students should ensure that they are permitted to apply for charitable funding.

Submission for the current round is now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome following the Research & Grants Committee meeting in March. A further round of funding will be advertised in the spring.

Definition of medical student elective
‘A placement undertaken as part of a medical degree with the content and setting of the placement largely decided by the student and approved by the medical school.’

The AAGBI recognises the benefits that the medical student elective can bring for a successful career in anaesthesia, pain, medicine and intensive care medicine.  In particular students may become more flexible, resourceful, more resilient and more culturally aware through projects based in developing countries (a particular focus of the work of the AAGBI). Hence elective placements supporting work in developing countries are given priority. Grants will only be awarded to applicants who intend to spend time away from their base academic institution and whose travel, accommodation and subsistence costs are increased as a result.

The AAGBI is keen to support medical student elective placements which:

  1. Prepare students for a successful career in anaesthesia, pain, peri-operative, and intensive care medicine.
  2. Help to develop a student’s interest or passion that can then make an impact on patient care both at the time and in the future.
  3. Are well organised with consideration of personal safety, patient safety, appropriate supervision (both clinical and non clinical) and with support in place in the event of any difficulties.
  4. Support projects in developing countries in an ethical and sustainable way bringing benefits to both the student and the developing country partners.

To complete your application you will need to supply:

  • Your personal details
  • Details of visiting centre and dates of attendance
  • A description of experience to be gained and projects to be performed (500 words max)
  • Information about why you have chosen this speciality (200 words max)
  • The amount of funding applied for (maximum £750) broken down into travel and accommodation
  • Details of any other funding applications you have made

On the final page of the submission process which gives a summary of your application, please ensure you check the box to accept the terms and conditions and click Finish to submit. You will then receive an email confirmation and copy of your application.

Elective applications will be assessed using the scoring criteria

The closing date for submissions for travel between April 2018 - September 2018 is 23:59 on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Applications for the this round of funding will be considered at the March 2018 meeting of the Research & Grants Committee.

If you have any queries please email secretariat@aagbi.org

Successful applicants in 2017 round two were:

Jamie HunterAustraliaReport to follow »
Thurkka RajeswaranHimalayan Health Exchange, Nassau BahamasReport to follow »

Successful applicants in 2017 round one were:

Successful applicants in 2016 round two were:

Successful applicants in 2016 round one were:

 Successful applicants in 2015 round two were:

Successful applicants in 2015 round one were:

Medical Student Essay Prize

Twice a year the BSDS sets and essay title on a topic related to dermatological surgery and offers a prize for the winning essays.

The BSDS Medical Student Essay Prize (previously titled Undergraduate Essay Prize) is open to anyone who has medical student status at the time of application or who graduates that year.

The title for the next Essay Prize is:

"Will artificial intelligence and automated technology replace the need for Dermatologists to diagnose skin cancer in the future"?

Download the Application Form and Guidance

Previous Essay Prize Winners

Click to View Previous Essays

  • 2017, July - "Should NHS patients have access to scar management?"Kelsey Aimar, University of Nottingham
  • 2017, January - Two prizes awarded: "If Mohs skin surgery is the 'gold standard for non-melanoma skin cancer treatment', why doesn't eveyone have it?" Ali Ansaripour, Kings College London GKT School of Medical Education and Antonio Ji Xu, Oxford University Medical School
  • 2016, July - "Discuss the technological advances in dermatological and reconstructive surgery that have had the greatest impact on skin cancer patients" Joseph Jayasundera, King's College London
  • 2016, January - "Discuss the impact of targeted molecular skin cancer therapies on dermatological surgery"
    Anna Ascott, Barts and The London
  • 2015, July - "How should we measure the “best” outcomes for skin cancer surgery?"
    Mahdi Saleh, Keele University
  • 2015, January - "There is no need to treat any skin cancer with Mohs surgery - discuss"
    Monty Lyman, University of Birmingham
  • 2014 - "How can patient expectations relating to skin cancer surgery be assessed and addressed?"
    Joseph Colclough, University of Glasgow
    2014 - "How can patient expectations relating to skin cancer surgery be assessed and addressed?" 
    Katherine Farquhar, University of Glasgow
  • 2013 - "Skin Cancer and Vitamin D"
    Verity Williams, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • 2012 - "Skin cancer surgery: who should do it and why?"
    James Womersley, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth.
  • 2011 - "Rising skin cancer incidence: current and future impact on dermatological surgery"
    Sarah Gentry, University of Exeter and Plymouth College of Medicine.
  • 2010 - "The role of technology in dermatological surgery"
    George Coltart, Oxford University.
  • 2009 - "What is the role of the dermatologist in the management of Skin Cancer?"
    Justice Reilly, Glasgow University Medical School.
  • 2008 - "The impact of climate change on skin cancer"
    Laura Thomas, Imperial College.
    2008 - "The impact of climate change on skin cancer"
    Rory Honney, Oxford University.
  • 2007 - "Discuss aspects of healing in skin surgery"
    Faisal Ali, Oxford University.
  • 2006 - "Surgical and emotional scars of skin cancer"
    Daniel Todkill, Warwick University

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