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Royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologistsEnter Target Ovarian Cancer’s essay prize for the chance to win one of three prizes.

First prize: £750

Second prize: £500

Third prize: £250

The prize is open to all undergraduate medical students studying at a UK medical school and is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Please note: final year medical students graduating/graduated early due to Covid-19 are eligible to enter the essay prize.

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.”


What are the benefits of entering?

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive a certificate from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Your achievement will demonstrate to future employers your commitment to medicine and you own professional development.

Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and healthcare professionals, with two thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making the disease harder to treat.
Improving your knowledge of ovarian cancer will benefit you and your patients, whether or not you choose to specialize in the area in future. Together we can make sure women in the UK have the best chances of survival. 

How to enter?

Submit an essay that addresses one of the following:
• Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer in primary care: opportunities and hurdles
• BRCA mutations: implications for women with ovarian cancer and their families
• Public facing ovarian cancer symptoms awareness campaigns: do they lead to an earlier diagnosis?

To get you started we have provided Recommended reading list 2020

Submission requirements
• Up to 2,000 words (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied).
• A maximum of three figures and/or tables (footnotes included in the word count)
• No more than 10 references
• Completed  

How to submit your essay

Please submit your completed essay via the RCOGs online platform. You will need to register your details before you can submit your essay. 

The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday, 28 June 2020

If you have any queries please contact us at essay@targetovariancancer.org.uk

Funding of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is made possible due to the kind generosity of the Annette Mills Charitable Trust.

Interview with Abigail, winner of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize 2019