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ENT UK Undergraduate Essay Prizes

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.


The topic for 2020 Essay title will be "What should a GP or physician learn about ear, nose and throat diseases? When, how and by whom should they be taught?"

The deadline for submission is the 31st of August 2020


Congratulations to the winning candidate Dominic Gardner for their essay for 2019  titled

'Can the whole of ENT survive as a specialty in a cash strapped NHS?'

Click here to read the essay

Past titles include:

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?"


Procedure :

1. ENT UK will award a prize of £500.00 for an essay of not more than 3,000 words on the subject specified above written by a clinical medical student.

2. Students who have graduated, but who have not yet commenced clinical training, are eligible to make a submission provided this is done before leaving Medical School. For this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic current Interim F1s can apply for the essay prize prior to the start of their actual posts. We appreciate all the good work you all have been doing and look forward to seeing your applications. 

3. Essays must now be sent by e‐mail to entuk@entuk.org . Your covering e‐mail should include your full name, contact details, name of Medical School and Dean.

4. To ensure impartiality entries will be judged anonymously by an adjudicator appointed by ENT UK.

5. The winner of the Essay Prize will be notified and will be invited to attend the ENT UK Annual General Meeting when a certificate and cheque will be presented.

6. The winning essay will be posted on the SFO UK website

7. The winner will also be invited to join the SFO Committee

Past Winning Essays:
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)