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Royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologistsThe Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is supported by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The prize is open to all undergraduate medical students across the UK. Its aim is to encourage students to read more widely on ovarian cancer, to think about some of the current issues and learn about recent research.

First prize: £500
Second prize: £200

The record of work is to be submitted by way of an original manuscript, adequately referenced and written in a format comparable to that used for submission to a learned journal. It must seek to answer one of the following questions:

  • Diagnosing ovarian cancer effectively in primary care; symptoms and testing.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer. Implications for prevention, screening and treatment.
  • Public facing ovarian cancer symptoms awareness campaigns. Supporting an early diagnosis or increasing anxiety?

Essays should be up to 2,000 words including a maximum of three figures and/or tables (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied). Applicants should include no more than ten references.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the essay
  • Knowledge of the literature
  • Quality of discussion
  • Presentation style

To apply

Essays should be submitted in Word format along with an accompanying application form to essay@targetovariancancer.org.uk.

The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday, 13 May 2018

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Winners will be announced in Summer 2018.

Download the application form   

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