Medical student annual prizes

Each year we offer this prize to outstanding medical students, which includes full registration at our three-day Conference. This is a great opportunity for students to network with professionals within the specialty, demonstrate a commitment to their own career development and expand their portfolio. We invite universities/medical schools to nominate one person to the College - the deadline for nominations is now closed as of 31 January.

Important notice

It is with regret that we announce that RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2020 is postponed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19.

If you have booked your travel, we can reimburse up to £50 as stated on your confirmation letter. Please download and complete our expenses form and return with proof of purchase to us at

What we offer

Boost your career in paediatrics by networking with other medical students, foundation doctors, paediatric trainees, consultants and other specialists at the RCPCH Conference, taking place at ACC Liverpool, 28-30 April 2020.

  • Registration for all three days of conference, including free access to all workshops, seminars and practice sessions
  • A welcome drinks reception especially for medical students, on the evening of 27 April 2020
  • Presentation of your certificate - in 2019, certificates were presented by Professor Russell Viner (RCPCH President), Dr Camilla Kingdon (Vice President for Education and Professional Development), Jo Revill (CEO) and Dr Simon Broughton (RCPCH Assistant Officer for Training: Recruitment & Selection)
  • Lunch and refreshments on all three days
  • Dinner party organised by BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) 
  • Conference ball - with drinks reception, dinner and dance
  • Reimbursement of travel costs (of up to £50)


Applications open 14 October 2019
Applications close 31 January 2020
Applicants notified by 27 March 2020
RCPCH Conference and exhibition - prize awarded 28-30 April 2020 (ACC Liverpool) 

N.B. The deadline for applications has been extended to 31 January 2020. For any late nominations, we will aim to confirm attendance no later than a month before the Conference.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The prize is available to all medical students in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Each university/medical school has been emailed, asking them to nominate and select their most outstanding medical student from any year, who has a keen interest in paediatrics. Medical students interested in applying will need to submit their CV and personal statement explaining the reason why they are applying and should be nominated to their university/medical school to the Head of Paediatrics in their establishment.

The university/medical school will then nominate their winner (one per medical school) to the College, who is then invited by RCPCH to attend the conference completely free of charge.


Having the opportunity to attend the RCPCH conference in Glasgow was an incredible experience as I got to not only meet with like-minded students, but also very welcoming paediatricians.

Personal highlights included the BLS Paediatric interactive session where we got to simulate emergency situations. The UKAPS session, aimed at medical students and trainees, provided lots of helpful tips and tricks for applying to paediatrics in the future and included extremely thought-provoking speeches from the Tony Jackson memorial prize nominees.

For students attending future RCPCH conferences, I would say make the most of the opportunity and dive right in. Attend as many sessions as you can to get a good overview of the specialty and ask be sure to ask lots of questions - everyone is so friendly and helpful!

One of the 2018 prize winners - Nikita Punjabi, who received her certificate from Dr David Evans and Dr Zeshan Qureshi


For any more information, please contact the Recruitment and Careers team on