Awards & Competitions

The College's Clinical Studies Group runs various awards throughout the year. Details of awards and competitions can be found below, along with details on how to enter.

RCEM Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Essay Prizes 2022: Advert

This year RCEM are pleased to announce two categories of prize:

  1. The RCEM Undergraduate Research Essay Prize
  2. The RCEM Undergraduate Quality Improvement Essay Prize

Prizes include:

  • £500
  • Reasonable travel, accommodation and registration fee for the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022
  • One year membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Applications are invited for the 2022 Royal College of Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Prizes. Applicants are required to be a medical student at a recognised teaching institution within the UK but are not required to be a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. There will be two prizes awarded and the value of each prize will be £500.

The RCEM Undergraduate Essay Prize winners 2022 will be required to present their work at the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022 which will take place in Belfast from October 4-6th 2022. The prizes will in addition fund the winner’s reasonable travel, accommodation and registration fee for the RCEM Scientific Conference 2022 and a one year membership of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

The essays should describe original Emergency Medicine research or quality improvement. This work should not previously have been published in a journal or presented at a major UK/international conference and with a clear applicability to EM. Each essay has a word limit of 1500 words including any tables, figures and headings entrants will be penalized for submissions in excess of this. Up to 2 figures/tables are allowed.

Essays must avoid any reference to any institution or anything that may reveal the author's identity. Only one applicant can be considered per submission and applicants are not permitted to submit to both categories. The winning submission will also be considered for publication in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

Applicants must have played an important part in the relevant research/quality improvement and must have personally written the submitted work. The Awards will be determined by the Research & Publications Committee of the College of Emergency Medicine, with or without the advice of external assessors.

Applications along with a completed application form which both must be written in English should be submitted in Microsoft Word format electronically to by 17:00 Friday 25th February 2022.

For more information, contact:

Research Essay Prize

Dr Matt Reed, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Edinburgh on 0131 242 1340 or

Quality Improvement Essay Prize

Dr Edd Carlton, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Bristol on 0117 414 4985 or

Application form available here.

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