Medical Student Essay Prize

Medical students from the UK and Republic of Ireland are invited to submit an essay (no longer than 1000 words) answering the following question: Using an example to illustrate your essay, such as the metal on metal hip problem or any other examples you wish, how can orthopaedics learn from the mistakes of the past as it moves into the future?

The winning essay will receive the following:

  • BOA-recognised certificate
  • £100 prize money
  • Invited to sit on the BOA Education and Revalidation Committee for 1 year as a student representative
  • Oral or Poster presentation at the BOA Annual Congress 2019

Applications will close on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

Submissions will open on 1st April 2019. Please note that an application form must be submitted with your essay. The application form will be available to download from this page when submissions open.



How do I Submit my Essay?

The BOA essay submission process will be open 1st – 30th April 2019. We intend to use an online submission tool for the first time this year and detailed information about submitting your essay will be available from 1st April. In order to help you begin working on your essay, please note the following:
You must include your full name at the top of the essay.
You will be required to submit an accompanying application form. In this you will be required to confirm the following: 
“I certify that the attached material is my own work. I also certify that I have formally certified or formally acknowledged the words and ideas of others.”

Am I eligible?

The competition is open to all medical students in the UK or Republic of Ireland. If you have submitted in previous years but you are still a medical student, you are welcome to re-enter the competition for the 2019 prize.

Is There a Word Count?

The maximum word count for the essay is 1000 words.

Can I include Graphs or Images in my Essay?

Yes, you may include graphs and/or images. Any accompanying text will be included in the word count.

Does the Word Count include References and Figures?

The word count does not include your references/figures but does include the accompanying text to any included figures.

What Referencing Style shall I use?

There is no preferred referencing style.

When is the Final Deadline?

The deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday 30th April 2019. There is NO deadline extension.

When will the Winner be Announced?

All participants will be informed of the result approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the submission date. The winner will be contacted directly and their name will be announced in the Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics September 2019 issue.

Will I Receive Feedback?

Due to the high number of submissions that we receive each year, the BOA are unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback.

Who can I Contact if I have a Problem?

Our policy team are happy to help you with any queries you may have regarding the essay prize. You can contact us by email at or by telephone on 02074056507.