Medical Ethics Essay Prize

Submission deadline: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Meeting date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Prize: 1st prize = £300, 2nd prize = £200, poster prize = £100 
Open to: Trainee healthcare professionals and undergraduate or graduate research students, working in clinical practice or in basic or clinical research in any area of medicine or science related to the remit of the lipids, metabolism and vascular risk.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are welcomed for original research, audit, survey, case report or case series undertaken by the applicant in the field of lipids, metabolism & vascular risk.

Submissions will be judged and the top 8 shortlisted submissions will be invited to present their work at Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 Delegates will also be invited to produce an A1 poster to be judged on the day.

At this meeting all presentations will be scored again and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded by the President at the end of the meeting.

Candidates should ensure they are available on Tuesday 8 May 2018 for the Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be notified. 

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The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School announces a call for submissions for the Eighteenth Annual Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical Ethics, a prize of $1,000 for “the best essay in the field of medical ethics written by an HMS or HSDM student”. The papers will be judged by a panel with expertise in medical ethics, which will be blinded to the authors. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the student who submits the most outstanding scholarly essay on any topic in ethics and medicine. 

Essays are judged on the following criteria: clear presentation of the ethical issue and its importance, including its historical and social context; ethical analysis of alternative approaches to the issue; ethical justification of any concluding recommendations; originality of thought; scholarly rigor; and clarity of expression and quality of writing. Students may submit an original piece of writing or work done for a class; authorship should be the student’s alone. Papers should be double-spaced in 11 point font with 1” margins. 10-12 pages suggested, 15 maximum.

The Beecher Prize is established in honor of Henry K. Beecher, MD, the late Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Anaesthesia, first Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard, and indefatigable clinician, educator, and investigator, including provocative work in the 1950’s on the effects of “placebos” in medicine and research.   Dr. Beecher helped launch the modern field of medical ethics with his explosive 1966 New England Journal of Medicine article, "Ethics and Clinical Research", which exposed widespread ethical violations in research using human subjects. Many of these studies had been published in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and supported by agencies of the U.S. Government. Dr. Beecher's paper catalyzed major and enduring ethical reforms in human experimentation and patients' rights. The Beecher Prize continues Dr. Beecher's legacy of critical ethical analysis of contemporary medical issues.

Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, MAY 31, 2016, to: 

Beecher Prize Committee
HMS Center for Bioethics
641 Huntington Avenue, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02115

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