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The newly launched RCPath Foundation Taster Scheme is an exciting opportunity for foundation doctors to explore pathology and see what the career has to offer. It combines a clinical taster day in your region with an event to be held in our fantastic new RCPath College building, sponsored by the BDIAP. Come and meet consultants and trainees from each of the major specialties and talk to them about the work they do, what the training involves and the variety of opportunities that are available for trainees to pursue.

You will receive advice about the application process and how to be successful at interview, as well as how to pursue academic and research opportunities in pathology. You will also be able to put the pathology specialties to the test: can they help you to diagnose what is wrong with the mystery unconscious patient in the park?!

Also make the most of the chance to submit a pathology-related poster to give you another line on your application and a potential prize of £100 from the ACP. At the event you will be given support to organise your own clinical taster day in a specialty of interest to you. 

If you have been considering applying for specialist training in pathology and would like to know more about the different subspecialties of pathology, make sure you register for this event to explore the exciting opportunities that our specialty has to offer you!

Programme and Poster Prize

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 Poster Prize information

Each delegate is welcome (not compulsory) to bring a pathology-themed poster to present at the event. The poster could show the results of a pathology-related audit or other quality improvement project that the delegate has been involved in, an interesting case report, or some pathology-based research that they have been involved with.

The posters will be put on display for all to view. During the lunch break, a judging panel will visit the posters and ask the delegates a few questions about the work that they have shown in the poster.

The winning poster will receive £100 from the ACP and the opportunity to write about their work in an article for the ‘ACP News’ magazine. It is a good opportunity for the delegates to add another line to their CV’s which may help with the application process.

Poster Size - Preferred poster size is 20 x 30 inches. If you have however a poster printed that you have presented elsewhere and would like to submit please do advise. Please contact us on meetings@rcpath.org to advise of any intentions to submit a poster to ensure we are aware. 

Registration Fees
£20 deposit to attend. Delegates that attend the Taster Day will have their deposit refunded with an Amazon voucher at the end of the day.  
The Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize

Foundation Doctors with an aspiration to specialise in pathology are encouraged to take part in The Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize. This competition offers the chance to explore how pathology makes a difference to patients, as well as a unique opportunity to boost your CV ahead of applying for your specialty training.

From 2019 for a period of five years the competition will be posthumously named after Dr Hugh Platt, an RCPath Fellow who contributed a huge amount to the work of the College, and to the support of postgraduate medical training in pathology disciplines.


The essay question for the inaugural year for this prize is ‘Making a Difference’ – an essay inspired by a patient for whom a result from a pathology department made a big difference’   Entrants are encouraged to make their essay clinically focused, and reflect on their day to day work. Names and any other identifying information relating to patients and staff who are discussed in the essay should be changed or removed.

Further information about the competition

  • The Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize will run annually and is open to Foundation doctors in their first two years of postgraduate medical training
  • The Hugh Platt Foundation Essay Prize 2019 will open on 14 May and close on 30 August.
  • The essay has to be no more than 1,000 words, excluding references and bibliography.
  • A prize of £200 will be awarded to the winning entrant, as well as having their essay published on our website and in the College magazine, The Bulletin.
  • Full details, including essay specifications and format, are in the Terms and Conditions document, which can be found below.

To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.