Essay Competition for FY Doctors
The 2021 round is now closed - winning submissions will be announced in the Spring. Thank you to everyone who submitted. The next round will open in the Autumn.
For this annual competition, foundation year 1 & 2 doctors are invited to submit an essay about an ethical issue raised by an experience they have had as a foundation year doctor. Up to five cash prizes of £300 each are awarded. Additionally, the Robert Hillman Essay Prize of an additional £250 is awarded to the best overall entry. All winners will also receive 12 month’s complimentary IME membership.
The competition is currently closed.
Essay Prizes awarded for 2020
The Robert Hillman Prize winner for best overall entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2020 is:
Duranka Perera – Resisting data fabrication in neurosurgical academia
The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize winners are:
Natasha Grace – What a girl wants: the ethical implications of an elective amputation in a minor
Nicholas Heng – To resuscitate or not to resuscitate – that is the question
Anna Hutchins – Patients and placebos: an ethical, professional and legal analysis of the response to patients requesting antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections
Tumbi Otudeko – Prison health – you have the right to remain healthy
Essay Prizes awarded for 2019
The Robert Hillman Prize 2019 for best overall entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize is:
Caitriona Cox – Unwise or misunderstood? The challenges of judging patient understanding
The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2019 winners are:
Natasha Grace – The other side of the glass: An ethical analysis from the patient’s perspective
Harry Heath – Dear Dr Google: The influence of search engines on consultations
Priya Khetarpal – The Doctor’s Narrative – Should it be shared?
Eunice Xing – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Responsible Use of ‘Evidence’ Based Medicine
Essay Prizes awarded for 2018
The Robert Hillman Prize 2018 for best overall entry in The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize is:
Kishen Patel – “I’m sorry there is nothing more we can do.” A closer look at the most final of statements
The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2018 winners are:
Anita Chithiramohan – Patient-centred care and the learning experience of the medical student. The ethics of pedagogy in a teaching hospital
Peter Johnstone – Decisions, decisions: Searching for the chimera of autonomy
Christine Bolton – Battery or Negligence: Calling it Oncall
Michael Houssemayne du Boulay – The buck stops with you
Congratulations to all our winners.
Essay Prizes awarded for 2017
Robert Hillman Prize 2017 for best overall entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize
Joshua Parker – Junior Doctors & Moral Exploitation
The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctor Essay Prize 2017
Alistair Wardrope – Of amputation & autonomy
Jennifer Hall – A tortured mind: Self harm in psychiatric care
Matthew Stone – Cardiac Arrest: Is there any role for placebo resuscitation?
James van Oppen – Giving medical treatment against a patient’s wishes
Essay Prizes awarded for 2016
Robert Hillman Essay Prize 2016 for best entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize
Joshua Parker – War and Peace: Conflicts of Conscience in the Junior Doctors’ Strike
The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2016
Yanrong Jiang – Sundowning and DoLS: Ethical Dilemmas in Managing an Acutely Delirious Patient as a Junior Doctor
Lucy Michael – Stumbling in the Dark
Essay Prizes awarded for 2015
Robert Hillman Essay Prize 2015 for best entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize
Bryony Coupe – The four principles or the four pillars? Reflecting on and learning from ethical issues as a junior doctor.
The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2015
Anngona Ghosh – Not to Add Insult to Injury: Honesty is the Best Policy
Julia Harrington – Capacity Assessment in the Emergency Department: 50 Shades of Grey?
James Morgan – A Junior Doctor’s Duty To Inform
Laura Pugh – What the Patient Needs When the Relative Wants
Essay Prizes awarded for 2014
Robert Hillman Essay Prize 2014 for best entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize
Frances Butcher – A Hard Sell: Admitting a patient to the ICU
The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2014
Johanna Andersson – An Exploration of compassion through narrative and reflection
Priyanka Chadha – Undocumented Migrants’ Access to Healthcare: Why Are We Still Having The Discussion?
Michael Newman – Confidentiality: A juxtaposition of medico-legal and ethical perspectives in a case of HIV
Hilary Thornton – Where hearts may break: the conflict of best interests
Essay Prizes awarded for 2013
The Robert Hillman Prize winner for best overall entry 2013 is:
Aimee Rowe – Reflective Practice
The other Essay Prize winners are:
Rebecca Sherlock – Withholding information from patients: A junior doctors experience
James McGowan – The Liverpool Care Pathway in a 21st Century National Health Service: Old Ethics, New Challenges
Rammina Yassaie – How much should we tell our patients and who are we to decide?
Sophie Newton – A patient refusing lifesaving treatment