The BSANZ Medical Student Reflective Essay Competition
Results of the 2019 BSANZ Essay Competition
The judges have now completed the process of reviewing all the essays entered in the 2019 competition. There were 75 entries from medical schools around NZ and Australia. The judges felt that the standard of description, reflection and writing was very high.
It was very heartening to read from so many students about their compassion and commitment to patient welfare. The essays also revealed many of the challenges in being a medical student, such as how to maintain one’s own personal identity, while also learning how to act and behave in ways expected of doctors. Many of the essays focused on death and dying issues; this is not surprising, as facing such clinical problems is one of the main challenges in developing one’s own professional identity. Such topics also seemed to lead to authentic personal reflections; many essays were quite poignant, while also illustrating considerable insight.
The top two students will be awarded the Lawrence Gilbert Memorial Prizes of $A500 dollars each, as well as the BSANZ scholarship of $A1300 each to cover registration to attend the 12th Annual BSANZ Balint Group Workshop being held in Melbourne in October 2019.
The top essays (with permission) will be published in this section of the website.
Medical students interested in exploring the Balint Group method of case discussion and peer group discussion will find further information on this website. Many medical students in the UK are now part of such groups, and we hope that more schools in Australia will soon offer Balint groups as well.
The Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand will hold a mini-congress in Brisbane in October 2020. There may be opportunities for more students to attend the 2020 Congress and to join a student-focused group during the Congress.
Medical Student Writing Prize 2021
The Board of the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) will invite medical students in Australia and New Zealand in 2021 to submit an essay to the BSANZ Essay Competition, which is held every two years.