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2016 Student Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce that this year's Student Essay Competition is now open to entrants.

The 2016 essay title is: Diagnosis: Are we medicalising human experience? A radical review.

We hope that you will be inspired to rise to the challenge of this very topical subject.

Do explore this page - you are able to read the winning essays for the last few years. This year it could be your name on this page!

For further details view the flyer as pdf HERE
Download the flyer as WORD document HERE

CLOSING DATE: 31st March 2016


2015 Student Essay Competition

Once again, the judges opted to name two winners of this year's student essay competition. The first prize is shared between two students. This was a difficult decision, but we are very pleased to announce the joint winners: 

Eleanor Tanner        and         Lucy Brennan


Eleanor is in year 4 medicine at Birmingham  Lucy is in year 3 medicine at Brighton

Both Eleanor and Lucy chose to write about compassion - see choices below.

Click to read the essays:     Eleanor       Lucy

Third place went to Tamar Witztum (Resilient), fourth place to Julius Kremling (Connected) and special commendation to Louise Cox (Resilient).


    Tamar Witztum is in year 2 medicine at Bristol




Julius Kremling is in year 4 medicine at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany




 Louise Cox is in year 2 medicine at Bristol





Click to read the essays of the runners up: Tamar   Julius    Louise

This is now the 9th year of the student essay competition. Each year the trustees provide a new holistic challenge to stimulate the students' imagination and provoke holistic thought.

This year we asked for an essay based on one of the words from the BHMA "Holistic thesaurus". This is a collection eleven words describing the holistic approach to healthcare:

         connected - compassionate - self-caring - intuitive - integrated - empowered - resilient - balanced -  diverse - meaningful - community-minded

Together they encompass the qualities needed to become a holistic practitioner. We were looking for stories that illustrate one of these themes via the student's personal or professional life.


2014 Student Essay Competition

This year the judges took the unusual step of awarding the 2014 Student Essay Prize to joint winners. We are very pleased to announce that ...

...the winners are: 

Chiara Catterwell-Sinkeldam and Laura Clapham

Both winners are studying medicine at King's College in London. Their essays were outstanding in their honesty and in their clarity of thought and expression. They will share the £250 prize. Both essays will be published in the Journal of Holistic Healthcare - Laura's essay in the Spring 2014 isuue and Chiara's in the Summer 2014 issue. Congratulations go to both students.









A close third prize was awarded to Olivia Sjökvist       

who is studying medicine at the University of Hull.  



The given essay title was:  

"Coping with your own vulnerability in caring for a person who has a long-term condition"

Nearly all the entrants wrote about their experience within their own circle of friends and family. Some of their stories included harrowing events, told with a degree of emotional insight well beyond their ages.

Click HERE to read Laura's essay and click HERE to read Chiara's essay. Olivia Sjökvist's essay can be downloaded HERE


2013 Student Essay Competition 

 We are very pleased to announce: 

The WINNER of the BHMA 2013 student essay prize:

Kundan Iqbal

Congratulations to Kundan who is a student at the University of Newcastle. She submitted a very accomplished essay with the title specified in this year's competition:

The importance of holism in medical care today

and ways this can be promoted

Kundan has received her prize of £250 and her essay will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Holistic healthcare. Read Kundan's essay HERE.

Congratulations also to the TWO RUNNERS UP: Vishnu Parameshwaran from Oxford University (READ Vishnu's essay) and Michael Modell from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (READ Michael's essay).

Kundan, Vishnu and Michael each receive one year complimentary full BHMA membership and all remaining entrants receiving one year complementary online membership.


Winners of past BHMA annual essay prizes can be read below

2014  Chiara Catterwell-Sinkeldam and Laura Clapham (shared first prize)  Coping with your own vulnerability in caring for a person who has a long-term condition Chiara's essay   Laura's essay    

2013  Kundan Iqbal    The importance of holism in medical care today and ways this can be promoted.

2012  Reanne Jones   'Tears of Joy, tears of sorrow.'                    

2011  Thea Collins      2030. What made the NHS sustainable?

2010 Jason Ferdjani    Improving global well being, improving personal

well being (Jhh vol 7.1)                     

2009 Krishna Steedhar Student’s health matters 

2008 Phoebe Votolato  Being a Medical student

2007 Lewis Morgan     A good holistic practitioner 

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