Medical undergraduate essay competition

Oliver Shutkever, receiving his award from newly-appointed President, Professor Jo Martin

The medical undergraduate essay prize is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their enthusiasm about pathology, particularly for those who are aspiring pathologists.

Our annual competition asks undergraduates to think broadly about a hot topic in pathology, and use their creativity and originality alongside facts and figures in no more than 1,000 words.

2017's winner

The theme for this year's essay competition on the role of IT in pathology - congratulations to winner Oliver Shutkever (Ollie), 23, sixth-year medical student.

Oliver Shutkever explains why he entered the competition

I conducted a research project in pathology during my intercalated degree, and I was curious about the impact that machine learning might have in the field, given the near-daily news articles I see about the huge numbers of jobs that are potentially under threat from this technology. After reading a few papers on the applications of machine learning in medicine, I found out about the competition, which seemed like an excellent opportunity to develop my understanding of the area.

In the future, I hope to pursue a career as an academic pathologist or oncologist. Pathology appeals to me because I enjoy learning about the scientific principles underlying modern medicine, and applying these in clinical practice. I also like the idea of having diagnostic certainty, which I have found to be surprisingly uncommon elsewhere medicine. 

Oliver Shutkever Medical Undergraduate

We'd also like to congratulate this year's runner up, Kevin Teo, from the University of Cambridge. Kevin was extremely pleased with the result, commenting that "writing the essay has been a very educational endeavour after being inspired by the speakers in RCPath's summer school in August!"

You can read both of their essays below.

The role of IT in pathology: the 2017 entries that won

Need inspiration?

Considering writing something for our competition? Explore our site and discover the myriad of topics you could take on. Keep up to date on our Facebook and Twitter page for information on next year's competition.