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:

  • Prize ceremony the evening before the conference where you meet senior clinicians and staff and is awarded a prize certificate by RCPCH President. 
  • Registration for all three days of the conference, including free access to all workshops, seminars and practice sessions
  • Travel and accommodation are provided. 

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

Nominations are now closed. Please check back in autumn 2024 for the 2025 round. 

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

Students will need to submit a 500-word max personal statement to their Head of Paediatrics or Undergraduate Lead of your medical school/University. The personal statement should also explain the reason why they are applying for this award, providing evidence of their passion towards the paediatric specialty. A single winner per medical school/university will be selected and submitted to the RCPCH by the Head of Paediatrics/Undergraduate Lead, and the RCPCH will contact the individual once they have chosen their winner. 

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 2024 winners!

Medical Student Prize Award Winners 2024

Some of the feedback!

Winning the medical student prize and attending the RCPCH conference was such a memorable experience. The college staff were so supportive, the speakers were inspirational, and it was lovely to meet other medical students with shared interests. Thank you so much for this opportunity! 

Ianna Alberto

I was privileged enough to be chosen as the first Ulster University student to win the RCPCH’s Medical Student Prize. This incredible prize has afforded me with endless opportunities since the moment I won it. Firstly, I was invited to three days of the RCPCH conference with associated fees, travel and accommodation covered. I then had the opportunity to meet RCPCH's current and new president as well as a host of paediatricians and fellow budding paediatricians at the medical student prizegiving ceremony.  I had the opportunities to listen and learn from contemporary research and plenary speakers over the 3 days of the conference in Birmingham. I was offered the opportunity to attend the conference dinner and connect with some of the brilliant minds in paediatrics. I had the chance to meet and form lasting friendships with other medical students from across the United Kingdom who have a shared interest in paediatrics. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to confirm that a career path in paediatrics is destined for me!

Aoife O Donnell

The conference was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the successes of individuals in the field – I left feeling more inspired to pursue a career in paediatrics. Thank you being superb hosts!

Laura Mazzocchitti

Having the opportunity to attend the RCPCH conference and meet other medical students from around the UK was absolutely amazing. I had a fantastic few days meeting professionals and attending a vast array of talks and presentations about Paediatrics. The experience most definitely reaffirmed my passion for Paediatrics and has left me feeling inspired and very excited for the future. A massive thank you to everyone involved in organising such a fabulous prize, here's to next year!

Alice Hawker

It was incredibly exciting to attend talks and workshops on practical new solutions and cutting-edge research in paediatrics. I was inspired by the ingenuity and work ethic of the physicians and young people in attendance and will be carrying many of these themes and ideas into my future clinical practice.

Suraya Foster

Attending the RCPCH24 conference as a medical student prize winner was an amazing experience. I made new friends and connections, attended fascinating workshops and talks, and was warmly welcomed by the RCPCH team. I highly recommend and wish I could do it again next year!

Emily Tiffney

A huge thank you to the College for all their immense hospitality. Attending the conference was an invaluable opportunity both professionally and personally – it was a privilege to learn about some of the latest developments from leading paediatricians, network and meet my fellow future paediatricians! I look forward to seeing the same faces at future RCPCH Conferences. 

Nikki Kerdegari

A massive thank you for having me at the RCPCH conference this week! The whole RCPCH team were so friendly and welcoming; please may you pass on my thanks to everyone. The hotel, the food, the conference dinner and the award ceremony were all amazing. All the talks were super engaging and I gained a much wider knowledge of paediatrics and the wider context of child health in society. It was a great opportunity to meet other students and healthcare professionals. Overall, it was such a great opportunity!

Olivia Taylor


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