Medical student annual prizes

Each year we offer this prize to outstanding medical students, which includes full registration at our three-day Conference. It's a great opportunity for students to network with professionals within the specialty, demonstrate a commitment to their own career development and expand their portfolio.

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 ICC Birmingham, 13-15 May.

  • 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
  • Presentation of your certificate - in 2018 it was presented by Dr Neena Modi (then RCPCH President), Dr David Evans (Vice President for Education and Training), Judith Ellis (then CEO) and Jonathan Miall (RCPCH Director for Business Development)
  • 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 23 November 2018
Applications close 1 February 2019
Winners contacted by 28 February 2019

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

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

Before the end of the year, each university/medical school is emailed to nominate and select their most outstanding medical student. Medical students interested in applying need to submit their CV and personal statement explaining the reason why they are applying and should be nominated to their university/medical school.

The university/medical school will then nominate their winner (one per medical school) 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


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