Essay Competition for FY Doctors

Our popular essay competition for foundation year 1 & 2 doctors is held annually. The 2021 competition is currently open and we are inviting submissions! To enter, submit an essay about an ethical issue raised by an experience you 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.

Download the application form, guidance and marking scheme below.

The closing date is 7th February 2021 at 23.59. Questions? Email us: contact@ime-uk.org.

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