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Medical Essay Prizes

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:

Submission deadline: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Meeting date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Prize: 1st prize = £300, 2nd prize = £200, poster prize = £100 
Open to: Trainee healthcare professionals and undergraduate or graduate research students, working in clinical practice or in basic or clinical research in any area of medicine or science related to the remit of the lipids, metabolism and vascular risk.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are welcomed for original research, audit, survey, case report or case series undertaken by the applicant in the field of lipids, metabolism & vascular risk.

Submissions will be judged and the top 8 shortlisted submissions will be invited to present their work at Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 Delegates will also be invited to produce an A1 poster to be judged on the day.

At this meeting all presentations will be scored again and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded by the President at the end of the meeting.

Candidates should ensure they are available on Tuesday 8 May 2018 for the Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be notified. 

For more information, contact: lipids@rsm.ac.uk

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