BSANZ Writing Prize 2015
Outcomes and results
There were 58 entries from 15 medical schools across Australia and New Zealand, including Otago (19), Monash (10), Auckland (4) and Griffith (3). Each essay was de-identified and then reviewed initially by two independent reviewers. The top 16 essays were further reviewed by a panel of 10 reviewers. From this process, the winners, runners up and commended essays were chosen (see Final Report, below).
All students are to be congratulated on their thoughtful and creative approach to writing about their significant learning experiences of the student-patient relationship. The quality of writing was consistently high, providing rich insights into the lived experience of medical training. Three of the top essays are available to read below. Many thanks are extended to the panel of reviewers who generously provided their time and perceptive feedback.
The next essay competition will be in 2017. Medical schools will be notified early in the year and the submission date will be in May.
Previous winning essays
Here are three of the top essays from the essay competition in 2015:
- An unexpected conversation Arushi Jain 2015
- The approaching storm Kirsty Whitmore 2015
- One to keep and one to grow Rebecca Ly 2015
The full report for 2015 is listed here: The BSANZ Writing Prize for Medical Students 2015 Final Report
IBF Ascona Prize: Dec 31, 2016
The Ascona Prize is a long-standing reflective essay competition about the student-patient relationship. It is run by the International Balint Federation (IBF): http://www.balintinternational.com/ascona-prize-for-students/
Winners will be offered subsided travel to present their essays, which will be held in Sept 2017, in Oxford, UK. Both NZ and Australian students have entered this competition previously, with highly commended entries in 2015 (Metz, in France), and a NZ winner in 2013 (Heidelberg).
Entries need to be submitted by December 31, 2016. There are more details in the attachment.