Here are our competition winners and entries

  •                       Who Runs the World? by Beth Holmes    In January 2020 I was in the middle of my first year of medical school, grappling with anatomy, histology and physiology. Little did I know that a viral pandemic was gathering pace around the world that was going to change my life and those of millions of others. Two months later and I was starting my first shift as a heathcare assistant in a local emergency department. My university course had been suspended, so, keen to get ...
    • COVID: Lessons for me, lessons for the world  by Kethaki Prathivadi Bhayankaram  “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realise this and you will find strength” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations These words of the great Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius feel particularly relevant for the current situation. With the announcement of the first national lockdown in March 2020, we entered a period of uncertainty, in terms of understanding a new disease that has spread worldwide as well ...
    • Junior Doctor Prize 2020 - Artistic Winner  by Dr Victoria Evans       It feels pertinent to celebrate the BAME NHS workforce, who have been one of the hardest-hit by the covid-19 outbreak, whilst also suffering the more insidious pandemic of systemic racism, both inside and outside the workplace. There have been multiple reported incidences of racial profiling in the UK. In America, police brutality has recently been described as one of the leading causes of death in young black males, ...
    •     Junior Doctor Prize 2020  - Prose Winner  by Dr Alaa ...
    • ‘What are the healthcare inequalities faced by the LGBTQ+ community and how can we help address these?’ by Eleanor Murray,  Medical Student , University of Shefflield     “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings The NHS principle that ‘Everyone Counts’ is written into the constitution to protect minority groups from discrimination during their interaction with the health service. ...
    • Junior Doctor Prize 2019 - Artistic Winner  by Dr Kirsten Sellick      The 'Invisible Women': Gender bias in medicine through a patient's lens  Vision of Luxury – Synopsis: I have sculptured my very own vision of luxury; a striking female figure standing proud, adorned in beautiful clothing created only of genuine luxury materials. While this statement may appear to be in jest given the objects used for my conception, it is true that tampons, pads, and other menstruation products are ...
    • Junior Doctor Prize 2019 - Prose Winner  by Dr Rebecca ...
    • - Winner: Amelle Ra, Medical Student, University of Liverpool “I believe most conscientiously and thoroughly that women as a body are sexually, constitutionally and mentally unfit for the hard-incessant toil, and for the heavy responsibilities of general surgical practice. At the same time, I believe as thoroughly that there is a branch of our profession – midwifery – to which they might be admitted in a subordinate position as a rule.”1 - Dr Bennett, the Lancet, 1870 With the Lancet ...
    • The BBC comedy sitcom ‘upstart crow’ depicts a young Shakespeare at the beginning of his career, struggling to establish himself in Elizabethan England’s theatre scene. In the pilot episode the script for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ nears completion, yet the playwright struggles to find a suitable male actor to play Juliet in the first performance. Kate – the daughter of Shakespeare’s landlord and an aspiring actress – offers an alternative to the norm by playing Juliet herself: Kate: ...