National Essay Competition for FY Doctors

The 2022 round is open and submissions are invited!

For this annual competition, FY 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. Besides this, the Robert Hillman Essay Prize of an additional £250 is awarded to the best overall entry. All winners will receive 12 months complimentary IME membership.

The closing date is 23.59, Sunday 6th February 2022.

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    The Robert Hillman Prize, for the best overall entry in the Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2021 has this year been jointly awarded to:

    Joe Berry for Capacity in the aftermath of trauma
    and
    Denise Tan for Disclosing a near-miss ‘Never Event’: A retained surgical swab

    The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize winners are:

    Madeline Charles-Rudwick for The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth? The Use of Deception in the Care of Patients with Dementia

    Alexander Miller for Prescribing; More than Meats the eye

    Emma Pearson for Considering the Importance of Relatives in End of Life Decisions

    Kaif Qayum for Are we playing God? Do we need to revise the abstinence mandate for alcoholic liver disease patients to be eligible for liver transplantation?

    Akanksha Thumbe for Suicidal ideation and the capacity to self-discharge 

    Joshua Winton for Confidentiality Issues from the Heart of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Congratulations to all our winners!

    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 PereraResisting data fabrication in neurosurgical academia

    The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize winners are:

    Natasha GraceWhat a girl wants: the ethical implications of an elective amputation in a minor

    Nicholas HengTo 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 OtudekoPrison 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 CoxUnwise or misunderstood? The challenges of judging patient understanding

    The other Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2019 winners are:

    Natasha GraceThe 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 KhetarpalThe Doctor’s Narrative – Should it be shared?

    Eunice XingWith 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 ParkerJunior Doctors & Moral Exploitation

    The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctor Essay Prize 2017 

    Alistair WardropeOf amputation & autonomy

    Jennifer HallA tortured mind: Self harm in psychiatric care

    Matthew StoneCardiac Arrest: Is there any role for placebo resuscitation?

    James van OppenGiving 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 ParkerWar and Peace: Conflicts of Conscience in the Junior Doctors’ Strike

    The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2016 

    Yanrong JiangSundowning and DoLS: Ethical Dilemmas in Managing an Acutely Delirious Patient as a Junior Doctor

    Lucy MichaelStumbling 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 CoupeThe 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 GhoshNot to Add Insult to Injury: Honesty is the Best Policy

    Julia HarringtonCapacity 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 ButcherA Hard Sell: Admitting a patient to the ICU

    The Institute of Medical Ethics Foundation Doctors Essay Prize 2014 

    Johanna AnderssonAn Exploration of compassion through narrative and reflection

    Priyanka ChadhaUndocumented Migrants’ Access to Healthcare: Why Are We Still Having The Discussion?

    Michael NewmanConfidentiality: A juxtaposition of medico-legal and ethical perspectives in a case of HIV

    Hilary ThorntonWhere 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 SherlockWithholding 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