Medical student annual prizes

This annual prize is awarded to outstanding medical students which includes full registration at our three-day Conference and attendance for the prize ceremony hosted by none other RCPCH President, Dr Camilla Kingdon and VP for Education and Professional Development, Dr Jonathan Darling.

This is a wonderful way for students to network with professionals within the specialty, demonstrate a commitment to their own career development and expand their portfolio.
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What we offer

Each year we award outstanding medical students with this prize, including entry to RCPCH Conference where you can network with other medical students, foundation doctors, paediatric trainees, consultants and other specialists. It includes: 

  • Registration for all three days of conference, including free access to all workshops, seminars and practice sessions
  • Prize ceremony the evening before the conference
  • Awarded a prize certificate to be added to ePortfolio
  • Be the first point of contact for any College activities/projects once signing up to RCPCH membership

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

Nominations are now closed for 2023 and will re-open in Autumn for next year's prizes.

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

Students may submit their CV and personal statement to their Head of Paediatrics. The personal statement should also explain the reason why they are applying for this award. 

We will be contacting each university/medical school to nominate their own single winner - an outstanding medical student, from any year, with a keen interest in paediatrics

Presenting our 2022 winners!

Medical Student Prize Winners 2022

Feedback from the students

Matthew Kane:

The greatest reward from the RCPCH Medical Student Prize lies in the people you encounter. The award ceremony and RCPCH Conference provide the ideal setting for meeting with like-minded medical students from universities across the UK, while also networking with inspirational paediatricians.

Charlie Gill:

Being invited to the RCPCH Conference as part of the medical student prize was a fantastic experience, and it got me involved in an event I otherwise might not have had the confidence to go to! It was really nice meeting the other prize winners from all over the country (the plan is to stay in touch!).  I attended so many fascinating and varied talks and workshops over the course of the conference. The experience has definitely made me more keen to attend similar events in the future!

Claudia Kate Au-Yeung:

It was a huge privilege to be invited to join the RCPCH team as part of our medical student prize! This is the most energetic, creative, joyful, and collaborative group of professionals I’ve ever met in an event together! Nothing beats the fact that we (medical students, trainees, and paediatricians) are in different career stages, BUT share the same passion in child healthcare! I can’t wait to share more laughter and sparkling ideas with our community.

Isobel Austin:

The RCPCH Conference was a wonderful celebration of all the incredible research ongoing in paediatric healthcare, whether that be in sustainable healthcare, or bioethics!

Anna Wood:

The prize ceremony was a fabulous event! I met loads of people who I could then attend the conference with. We've all remained good friends and have decided to all keep in touch!

Setthasorn Ooi:

A big thanks to the College for everything! The students and myself really enjoyed the conference and I, myself, have certainly had a lot to reflect on from the conference. The best part of the conference was meeting the students from the other schools as well as the people from the college - everyone was so lovely and it's really drawing me in further into paediatrics!

Chloe Milton:

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the RCPCH conference in Liverpool. At the medical student prize ceremony, I met an incredibly friendly group of students who share my passion for paediatrics, and kind paediatricians who shared lots of useful advice regarding applying to paediatrics and much more!  I cannot recommend attending an RCPCH conference enough. I learned so much and I had the most wonderful time attending the myriad of academic sessions and social events. Anyone who is considering applying for a medical student prize should definitely do so!

Victoria Leigh:

I would like to thank RCPCH for the prize and opportunity to attend the RCPCH conference in Liverpool. I really enjoyed meeting medical students and paediatricians who all share a passion for improving children and young people's health. I was amazed by the huge variety of topics covered in workshops and plenary speeches. I found the UKAPS session really useful as this was particularly aimed at medical students and trainees. I gained useful insight into applying for paediatrics from a panel of trainees and also listened to inspiring presentations from the Tony Jackson Memorial prize nominees. A particular highlight was attending the conference dinner at the Titanic Hotel as we got to celebrate and dance. It was the perfect ending to an incredible conference. I encourage any medical student who is interested in paediatrics to apply for the prize. After attending the conference, I feel more inspired and motivated than ever to pursue paediatrics as a career.


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