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Medical students are invited, each year, to submit a 1500-word essay for the competition.  The topic for 2019 is:

Is there a role for kidney cancer screening on the NHS?"

Word limit: 1500, excluding title, abstract (no more than 200 words) and references.  The word count includes words used in figures & figure captions, tables, appendices, footers and in-text citations.  It is important to read the Guidance Notes (see below) for full information on the format of the essay.  Essays may not be accepted if they do not meet the required format.


Students must be undergraduates enrolled at a medical school in either England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland on the closing date. Entries from students attending a medical school in overseas countries will not be eligible. The author of the essay judged to be the most outstanding in each medical school will receive a prize certificate and will be entered into the national competition.

The prize for the winner of the national competition will be £750 with £500 for the runner-up.  The national winner and runner-up will be presented with their certificates at the BAUS Annual Conference at the SEC Glasgow (24 - 26 June 2019) and BAUS will give guest registration for the day of the presentations (to be advised).


Please submit essays no later than 12 noon on Thursday 28 March 2019 by email to BAUS.  You must include the name of the medical school you are currently attending in the covering email. All submitted essays will be acknowledged by email.  If you do not receive an acknowledgment, please telephone the BAUS Office on +44 (0)20 7869 6950.

You should consult the checklist in the guidance for submission of entries before sending your essay to BAUS.

Download the 2019 Essay Competition poster

2018 Competition - National & Regional Winners

The 2018 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

How can UK urologists justify the expense of using the latest technology within a nationally funded health system?"

... and was organised by Mr Toby Page (Newcastle).

National Winners

Sacha Moore, University of Southampton Medical School and Mikolaj Kowal, University of Manchester School of Medicine (pictures to follow).

Regional Winners

A full list of regional winners for 2018 is shown below (** denotes a national winner):

Region Name Medical School
East Midlands No awards made for 2018  
East of England Kevin Soon Hwee Teo
Caolan Andrew Stowe
Cambridge
Norwich
Irish Republic No awards made for 2018  
London North Nikhil Mayor
Norbert Banhidy
Barts 
Imperial College London
London South Alexander Light King's College London
North East Ellen Louise Meredith Newcastle
North West Arunachalam Soma
Kursheed Khan
Mikolaj Kowal**
Lancaster
Liverpool
Manchester
Northern Ireland Leila Rezvani Belfast
Scotland East Georgios Kounidas
Thineskrishna Anbarasan
Aberdeen
Dundee
Scotland West Gladys Lou Glasgow
South Central Ebtehal Moussa
Nithesh Ranasinha
Sacha Moore**
Buckingham
Oxford
Southampton
South East Coast Willie-Henri Quah Brighton & Sussex
South West Jasmesh Sandhu
Ahmed Chowdhury
Bristol
Peninsula (Exeter/Plymouth)
Wales Megan Simpkins
Loukas Kouzaris
Cardiff
Swansea
West Midlands No awards made for 2018  
Yorkshire & Humber Ella Heath Sheffield

Ella Heath
(Sheffield)

with Ms Kate Linton

Caolan Stowe
(Norwich)

with Mr Stuart Irving

 

 

 

 

2017 Competition - National & Regional Winners

The 2017 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

Urological technology - where will we be in 20 years?"

... and was organised by Mr Toby Page (Newcastle).

Images below show winners of the national essay competition, Mostafa Beshr (below leftLeicester University Medical School) and Rye Yern Yap (below right - University of Sheffield Medical School) with Mr Toby Page (below centre):

Rye Yern Yap

Rye is pictured receiving his
award from Ms Kate Linton

Rye Yap's essay is not yet available

Mostafa Beshr

Mostafa is pictured receiving his
award from Mr Duncan Summerton

Mostafa Beshr's essay is not yet available

Regional Winners

A full list of regional winners for 2017 is shown below (** denotes a national winner):

Region Name Medical School
East Midlands Mostafa Beshr ** Leicester
East of England Xue Wang
Declan Murphy
Cambridge
Norwich
Irish Republic Martin Safari Aketch RCSI Dublin
London North Pooja Shah
Darryl Ethan Bernstein
Imperial College London
University College London
London South Ashleigh Ellen Draper King's College London
North East Mark Hanson Newcastle
North West Nicholas John Strouther
Yanish Seeram Poolovadoo
Liverpool
Manchester
Northern Ireland Matthew Shaun O'Donnell Belfast
Scotland East Jamie Leask Dundee
Scotland West No awards made for 2017  
North West Nicholas John Strouther
Yanish Seeram Poolovadoo
Liverpool
Manchester
South East Coast No awards made for 2017  
South West Waheed-Ul-Rahman Ahmed Exeter
Wales Thomas Chandy
Omar Sadiq
Cardiff
Swansea
West Midlands Munir Abdukhder
Victoria Nicholas
Birmingham
Nottingham
Yorkshire & Humber Rye Yern Yap ** Sheffield

Certificates have also been presented to some of the regional winners of the competition - see the image(s) below:

Declan Murphy
(Norwich)

with Mr Stuart Irving

Mark Hanson
(Newcastle)

with Mr Alistair Rogers

Jamie Leask
(Dundee)

with Mr Andrew Martindale

 

Matthew O'Donnell
(Belfast)

with Mr Ian Walsh

Pooja Shah
(Imperial College)

with Mr Erik Mayer

Darryl Bernstein
(University College London)

with Mr Rohan Nauth-Misir

 

2016 Competition - National & Regional Winners

National Winners

The 2016 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

What role should simulation play in the selection and training of urologists?"

... and was organised by Mr Nick Rukin (Wolverhampton).

The winners of the national essay competition were Andrew Robinson, Keele University School of Medicine, and George Miller, King's College London School of Medicine.

Andrew Robinson

Andrew is pictured receiving his award from
Mr Nick Rukin at the BAUS 2016 Annual Meeting

George Miller

George was unable to attend BAUS 2016
but received his award from
Mr Christian Brown at King's
(image awaited)

Download Andrew Robinson's essay Download George Miller's essay

Regional Winners

A full list of regional winners for 2016 is shown below (** denotes a national winner):

Region Name Medical School
East Midlands Suraj Pathak Leicester
East of England Sebastian Tullie
Bruno Gnaneswaran
Cambridge 
Norwich
Irish Republic Sara Quigley
Mervyn Huston
Andrea McCarthy
Galway
Trinity College Dublin
University College Dublin
London North Adam Tollitt University College London
London South George Miller **
Angela Lam
King's College London
St George's
North East John McCullough Newcastle
North West Taufiq Khan
Katharine Dart
Liverpool
Manchester
Northern Ireland Sean McMahon Belfast
Scotland East Yinan Zhu Dundee
Scotland West Jia Hong Glasgow
South Central Kiloran Metcalfe
Sacha Moore
Oxford
Southampton
South East Coast Laura Denning Brighton & Sussex
South West Philippa Sargent
Francis De Castro
Bristol
Peninsula
Wales No awards made for 2016  
West Midlands Carol Wong
Andrew Robinson **
Birmingham
Keele
Yorkshire & Humber Tom Malik Sheffield

We have also recorded the presentation of certificates to some of the regional winners of the competition in the image(s) below:

Bruno Gnaneswaran
(Norwich)

with Mr Stuart Irving

Philippa Sargent
(Bristol)

with Mr Hashim Hashim

Kiloran Metcalfe
(Oxford)

with Mr Simon Brewster

Sacha Moore
(Southampton)

with Mr Andrew Wedderburn

Francis de Castro
(Plymouth)
with Mr Matthew Hotston

Adam Tollitt
(London North)

with Mr Rohan Nauth-Misir

 

2015 Competition - National & Regional Winners

National Winners

The 2015 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

Social media in urological teaching & training: a new era or passing fad?"

... and was organised by Mr Ian Pearce (Manchester) and Mr Kieran O'Flynn (Salford).

The winners of the national essay competition were Tim Napier-Hemy, University of Liverpool Medical School, and Joel Ward, Oxford University Medical School. 

Tim Napier-Hemy

Tim is pictured receiving his award from
Mr Ian Pearce at the BAUS 2015 Annual Meeting

Joel Ward

Joel is pictured receiving his award from
Mr Ian Pearce at the BAUS 2015 Annual Meeting

Download Tim Napier-Hemy's essay Download Joel Ward's essay

Regional Winners

Certificates have also been presented to some of the regional winners of the competition - see the image(s) below:

Stuart Gallagher
(Norwich Medical School)

with Mr Stuart Irving

Mitchell Burden
(Sheffield Medical School)

with Ms Kate Linton

Lucy Loughrey
(Queen's University Belfast)

with Mr Ian Walsh

 

2014 Competition - National Winners

The 2014 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled...

This house believes that the UK government should implement a screening programme for prostate cancer"

... and was organised by Mr Ian Pearce (Manchester) and Mr Kieran O'Flynn (Salford).

The winners of the national essay competition were Sarah Williams, St George's Medical School, and Katherine Turner, Bristol University Medical School. 

Sarah Williams

Katherine Turner

Sarah is pictured receiving her award from
Mr Ian Pearce at the BAUS 2014 Annual Meeting
Katherine is pictured receiving her award from
Mr Hashim Hashim at Southmead Hospital, Bristol
   
Download Sarah Williams's essay Download Katherine Turner's essay
 

2013 Competition - National Winners

The 2013 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

Investigation and management of haematuria"

... and was organised by Mr Ian Pearce (Manchester) and Mr Kieran O'Flynn (Salford).

The national winners of the essay competition were Mueez Waqar, University of Liverpool Medical School and Alex Luen Hua Loh, University of Edinburgh College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine. 

Both essays have been published in the British Journal of Medical & Surgical Urology (now The Journal of Clinical Urology) and are available for download below:

Download Mueez Waqar's essay

Download Alex Luen Hua Loh's essay

 

2012 Competition - National Winners

The 2012 Medical Student Essay Competition was entitled ...

Medical management of symptomatic benign prostatic enlargement"

... and was organised by Mr Ian Pearce (Manchester) and Mr Kieran O'Flynn (Salford).

The national winners of the essay competition were Wazir Haja Sahabudeen, University of Bristol Medical School and Harriett Latham-Cork, Peninsula College of Medicine. 

Both essays have been published in the British Journal of Medical & Surgical Urology (now The Journal of Clinical Urology) and are available for download below:

Download Wazir Haja Sahabudeen's essay

Download Harriett Latham-Cork's essay