6 January 2023

Calling all undergraduates and Foundation doctors – our 2023 essay prizes are now open!

The Paola Domizio Undergraduate Essay Prize and the Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize are posthumously named after two brilliant pathologists, who contributed a huge amount to the College and to pathology education.

The essay prizes provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduates and Foundation doctors interested in a pathology career to explore and write about a pathology topic in depth and boost their CV ahead of applying for Foundation/specialty training.

Prize winners will be awarded £250 and will have their essay published on our website and in the College magazine, the Bulletin. The winning entry in each category will also be published on the RCPath website and the writers of the winning essays will be presented with a certificate at an RCPath event.

This year's essay questions centre around the current and future impact of pathology within the healthcare team, in celebration of the NHS's 75th anniversary. Undergraduates are invited to answer the following question: ‘When the NHS was introduced, it was said that it would care for people ‘from the cradle to the grave’. 75 years later, how does this apply to pathology?'. Meanwhile, Foundation doctors have the opportunity to explore how pathologists will shape healthcare over the next 75 years.

College members are encouraged to spread the word about both competitions to undergraduates and Foundation doctors within their networks. More information about the competition, downloadable e-flyers and the winning essays from previous years can be found on our essay competitions page.