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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. 2018 essay titles were:

  • 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?

Professor Debbie Sharp OBE

Professor Debbie Sharp OBE

"The Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize will encourage the doctors of the future to gain a greater insight into ovarian cancer, giving them the knowledge they need to direct more women onto the correct diagnostic pathway sooner and crucially save lives.”


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

The 2018 essay prize is now closed. Details of how to apply for the 2019 prize will be available in February 2019.