Student Essay Prize

The Young Persons Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG) is launching a new essay competition for medical students in order to help consolidate what thoughts and feelings medical students have about adolescent health in the UK. We also hope to recognise and cultivate interest in adolescent health at an early stage.

This essay competition has three categories:

1. What are the social, psychological and medical challenges facing adolescents in the UK? (1500 words)

The formation of new relationships and an increase in risk taking behaviours are but a few factors which makes healthcare challenging for adolescent patients. Discuss how factors such as these create challenges in medical practice.


2. Case study: the patient that changed my outlook on adolescent healthcare. (1500 words)

Think about a young person you have seen within adolescent healthcare services. What impact did the young person have on you and how did it change your outlook on young people in healthcare?

3. How should adolescent health services change by 2040 to better accommodate young people? (1500 words)

The adolescent period is a time challenging for patients. With ever-growing evidence that adolescent patients are a distinct patient group in their own right, with unique developmental and social needs, how should health services adapt in the next 20 years to facilitate this development?

You can enter once for one category.

Enteries must be submitted to yphsigstudent@gmail.com

Please state your medical school and which year of the course you are in.

Deadline for the essay submission will be the 27th of January 2020 at 23:59 GMT

Prizes for this competition are as follows:

  • First place- £100 cash prize, a ticket to the RCPCH 2020 annual conference and a certificate presentation at this event
  • Two runner up prizes- £25 prize and certificates (delivered by post).

The Results will be announced in the third week of February 2020. Full terms and conditions are available below. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact yphsigstudent@gmail.com.

Essay Prize 2020 Terms and Conditions (Click to expand/collapse)

Guidance and Regulations

1. Eligibility

1.1 The competition is open to all those currently enrolled at a UK Medical School at the time of submission.

1.1.1 Entrants must detail their medical school and course year in their submission email.

1.2 Entries are invited one of the following essay titles:

· What are the social, psychological and medical challenges facing adolescents in the UK? (1500 words)

· Case study: the patient that changed my outlook on adolescent healthcare. (1500 words)

· How should adolescent health services change by 2040 to better accommodate young people? (1500 words)

2. Essay submission

2.1 Candidates must nominate themselves for entry by submitting a short essay on the specified topic to the judging panel.

2.2 Entries must be made to the following email address: yphsigstudent@gmail.com

2.3 Only essays that are submitted via email, in Word format to the published email address will be accepted.

2.4 Entries in PDF format will not be accepted

2.5 The deadline for submission is 23.59 GMT on Monday 27 January 2020.Submissions after this time will not be accepted.

2.6 Essays must be up to 1500 words. Entries over the word limit will not be accepted.

2.6.1 The word limit does not include the title or references.

2.6.2 References should be presented as footnotes and endnotes; references presented in alternative formats may be considered to be part of the limit.


3. Judges and judging criteria

3.1 Essays will marked by both senior members of YPHSIG and the YPHSIG student representatives.

3.2 The panel will mark essays against the following criteria:

  • Style of writing
  • Punctuation, spelling and grammar
  • Content/understanding
  • Originality

3.3 It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure submission has been received by YPHSIG. The student representatives will email to confirm receipt of applications within 5 working days of submission.

3.4 The judge’s decision is final.


4. The Prize

4.1 The 1stplace winner will receive a prize of £100 and free entry to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference (28th-30thApril 2020) in Liverpool. The winner will receive a certificate during the YPHSIG organised session at the conference. The winning essay will be published on the YPHSIG website.

4.1.1 The conference ticket itself is non-redeemable or exchangeable with no cash alternative. Individuals are expected to cover the cost of their own travel and accommodation during the conference.

4.2 The winners of 2ndand 3rdplace will each receive a prize of £25 and a certificate by post.


Updated 17/12/19