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Undergraduate Essay Prize

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ENT UK Undergraduate Essay Prize

About the Essay Prize

Much has been said about undergraduate medical education over the years but it seems that little changes: as far back as 1979 the Council of the British Association of Otolaryngologists (BAO) considered how best to generate interest in ENT and to encourage undergraduate medical students into the Specialty.

How better to achieve these aims than by establishing a competition and to offer a prize to the winner? It is no surprise that the idea of awarding the prize on the basis of the results of a multiple choice exam was rejected in favour of an essay competition for undergraduates and the first Undergraduate Essay Prize was awarded in 1981 for an essay entitled "The Social Handicap of Deafness" and the prize continues to be awarded annually to a clinical medical student for an essay the title of which is published each year.

The tradition initiated so many years ago continues to flourish under the auspices of ENT UK.

2021 Essay Prize Title

The topic for 2021 Essay title will be: "ENT Symptoms of Long Covid: What services do we need? How and by whom should they be organised? In what balance should such a service be virtual, in the community or in the hospital?"

The maximum word count is 3000 words. The winning essay will be posted on the SFO UK website. The author will be awarded a £500 prize and invited to join the SFO Committee and attend the SFO UK 2021 Conference on 9th October 2021.

Eligibility: Only "clinical" medical students are eligible to enter (or last 3 years of medical school). Students who have graduated but not yet commenced their Foundation jobs are eligible provided they submit their entry before leaving medical school. Due to the pandemic, current "interim F1s" can apply prior to the start of their actual posts.

Submissions: Via the portal on 28th Feb 2021.

Final deadline: Midnight Sunday 18th July 2021.

Entires will be judged anonymously by an adjudicator appointed by ENT UK.

Contact: Please email events@entuk.org with any questions.

Details of the SFO Innovation Prize and SFO Elective Prize will be released soon!

Past Essay Titles

2010 - "Modern Medicine Benefits the Individual but not Humanity"

2011 - "Discuss the Importance of Plasticity in the Auditory Pathway"

2012 - "What Evidence is there that ENT Operations are Effective?"

2013 - "Endoscopic nasal surgery - a surgical fashion or genuine progress?"

2014 -  "In the face of increrasing sub-specialisation, how does the speciality ensure that the management of ENT emergencies is timely,appropriate and safe"

2015 - "How will rising antibiotic resistance impact on otorhinolaryngology?"

2016- "Is the head and neck surgeon an endangered species?"

2017- "Global Health:What does it mean for ENT?"

2018- "What can ENT UK do to improve care in the developing world?"

2019- "Can the whole of ENT survive as a specialty in a cash strapped NHS?"

2020- "What should a GP or physician learn about ear, nose and throat diseases? When, how and by whom should they be taught?"

 

Past Winning Essays

 
Can the whole of ENT survive as a specialty in a cash strapped NHS?
Dominic Gardner, Final Year Medical Student, University of Edinburgh. Please click here to download the essay
How will rising antibiotic resistance impact on otorhinolaryngology? Marissa Lewis
In the face of increasing sub-specialisation,how does the speciality ensure that the management of ENT emergencies is timely, appropriate and safe Maral Rouhani
Endoscopic nasal surgery - a surgical fashion or genuine progress? Alexander Yao, Final Year Medical Student (Direct Entry Programme),Imperial College London
Please click here to download the essay(PDF:883KB)
What evidence is there that ENT operations are effective?
Gordon A. G. McKenzie, 3rd year medical student, University of Birmingham
Plasticity of the Auditory Pathway
Jonathan Davies, 3rd year medical student, University of Bristol
Click here to download the essay (PDF: 318 KB)