MCA Legacy Essay Competition

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This prize started in 1985 when the Frowen family lost their son Micheal due to alcohol related health issues. Since then we have relied on the kindness of others to donate money to help fund this prize.  We have subsequently also had donations from Dr Spender Madden and Mrs Myra Harries, of which we are very grateful.  If any one would like to donate towards this prize please contact the MCA directly 020 7487 4445.

2018-19 Legacy Essay Competition 

‘He who knows alcohol knows medicine.’ Discuss. 

The above statement paraphrases Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919), the renowned Canadian physician, on syphilis. Osler was known as the Father of Modern Medicine and as well as possessing exceptional diagnostic skills was a great educator. 

In the UK alcohol consumption is a cultural norm. It is also a contributing factor to diseases in every medical specialty, through a range of pathological mechanisms. All doctors should be educated to diagnose and manage alcohol-related health harm. This is a challenge, given overloaded curricula, the personal circumstances of individual doctors who may or may not drink alcohol themselves and the idea that ‘everybody’s business is nobody’s business.’

In this essay, you should consider where in the medical curriculum alcohol should be taught, how best to incorporate it into consultations with patients and the role of medical students’ and other health professionals’ own views on alcohol.

The winners are:

1st Place: Olivia Azouaghe, University of Nottingham

2nd Place: Amal Minocha, University College London

3rd Place: Niamh Slevin, Queens University Belfast

With thanks to the judges: Dr Iain Smith, Dr David Marjot and Dr Andrew Thillainayagam

2017-18 Legacy Essay Competition 

The essay title this year is, "I don’t have time to talk to my patients about alcohol". Alcohol is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and its impact is seen in every medical specialty. What evidence is there for addressing alcohol consumption in all medical consultations? How could more frequent and more effective interventions be achieved?

The winners are: 

1st Place: Jin-Yu Stephanie Yeung, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

2nd Place: Cameron Morrice, University of Glasgow

3rd Place: Shannon Gunawardana, University of Oxford

With thanks to the year's judges: Dr Andrew Thillainayagam, Dr Dominique Florin and Mr Gurdas Singh

2016-17 Legacy Essay Competition

Do the new UK Government guidelines for alcohol take gender equality too far?  In 2016 the UK government announced new weekly recommended maximum alcohol intake guidelines.  The recommendations for males have been lowered so that for the first time they are the same for males and females.  In the light of differences between male and female patterns of drinking and physiology, is this a sound recommendation or has gender equality been taken too far?

The winners are: 

1st Place: Mr Joseph Amel, University of Oxford

2nd Place (Joint): Ms Melissa Denker, University of Glasgow

2nd Place (Joint): Mr Michalis Hadjiandreou, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

With thanks to the judges: Mr Adrian Jugdoyal, Dr Dominique Florin and Mr David Pearce