10 February 2020

Undergraduates and Foundation doctors are invited to write a pathology themed essay for the chance to win £200 and have their essay published.

The College’s annual essay competitions provide an opportunity for undergraduates and Foundation doctors to explore pathology through a 1000-word essay.  The competitions are posthumously named after two RCPath Fellows, Professor Paola Domizio and Dr Hugh Platt, who both contributed an immense amount to the work of the College and to pathology education and training.

This year’s Paola Domizio Undergraduate Essay Prize invites medical, biological science and veterinary undergraduates to consider the question ‘could pathologists be replaced by robots?’. Entrants are encouraged to think about the potential benefits and challenges posed by technology, as well as the impact on patients and on pathologists’ work lives. Entries will be accepted until Thursday 30 April.

Now in its second year, The Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize challenges Foundation doctors to reflect on how pathology had made a difference to patients and their families. This competition offers a unique opportunity for Foundation doctors to boost their CVs ahead of applying for specialty training. Entries should be submitted by Friday 29 May.

Both competitions will be judged by the RCPath Undergraduate and Foundation Leads. The winning entry in each category will be published on the RCPath website and in the College magazine, The Bulletin. The writers of the winning essays will also be presented with a certificate and £200 cash prize at an RCPath event. For more information on both essay prizes and to read last year’s winning entries, visit our essay competitions page