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Posted by Sharon Tate on Monday 12 February 2018

On Saturday, 10 February 2018 I had the pleasure of attended Medical Students’ Day hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and British Undergraduate Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BUSOG). An annual event in the RCOG/BUSOG calendar, but a first for Target Ovarian Cancer because on this occasion Professor Debbie Sharp presented awards to the winners of the inaugural Target Ovarian Cancer Essay Prize 2017.

Winner of the first prize Rebecca Swain is studying medicine at the University of Nottingham Medical School. Rebecca’s interest in pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynaecology crystallised following a placement during her fourth year. “I particularly enjoyed the breadth and diversity the speciality offers which, combined with the unpredictable nature of child-birth, means that no two days are the same. In addition to the variety, it is a continuously evolving field with many opportunities for research and development.”

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. Professor Debbie Sharp explains why it’s important all medical students and doctors are knowledgeable about ovarian cancer.

“Women with ovarian cancer often experience convoluted routes to diagnosis. All medical professionals, regardless of specialty, should recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer if we are to help more women to an earlier diagnosis. 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.”

Following the huge success of our first ever essay prize we’re delighted to announce that the 2018 essay prize is now open. More information about the prize and how to enter can be found at

Entering the essay prize is a win win decision, at the very least you will upgrade your knowledge of ovarian cancer, but you could also pocket £500 in the process.

Rebecca says “I really enjoyed the process of researching and writing the essay and, as a consequence, I learnt a lot.”

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