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PIF Essay Competition

PIF Essay Competition

The competition runs annually and is open to medical students, junior doctors, and other medical practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. The essays are to be submitted on a particular topic in 1000–1500 word limit.

The topic of 2017 essay competition was ‘Doctors’ mental health is more important now than it has ever been’.

We received over 20 competitive and high standard entries from across Australia and New Zealand. The essays were judged by a panel of the RANZCP Fellows, and senior staff members according to clarity of expression, logical presentation of argument along with demonstrated evidence and originality.

2017 PIF Essay Competition Winners are:

First place: Eliza Mason, 4th year medical student from Monash University. Awarded prize money of $1000, and her essay will be published in Australasian Psychiatry, and RANZCP’s newsletter, ‘Psyche’.

Second place: Kuhan Perumynar, 3rd year medical student from James Cook University. Awarded prize money of $500, and his essay will be published in the RANZCP’s newsletter, ‘Psyche’.

Third place: Akhil Bansal, 1st year medical student from University of Sydney. Awarded prize money of $250, and his essay will be published in the RANZCP’s newsletter, ‘Psyche’.

We thank all the PIF members who submitted their essays, and appreciate their time and efforts towards the submission. 

Read the winning essays

2017: ‘Doctors’ mental health is more important now than it has ever been’

First place: Eliza Mason 

Second place: Kuhan Perumynar

Third place: Akhil Bansal

Past winners

2016: 'the portrayal of psychiatry in popular culture: harmful or helpful?'

First place: Benjamin Vialle

Second place (tied): Ceren Guler & Calina Ouliaris

2015: ‘Psychiatry: Art, science, both or neither?’

First place: Benjamin Vialle

Second place: Asiel Adan Sanchez

Third place (tied): Christopher Lemon & Oluwatobi Martins

2014: ‘It can be challenging for a doctor to be a patient’ 

First place: Shadi El-Wahsh

Second place: Oluwatobi Martins

Third place: Sophie Gascoigne-Cohen 

Contact

Direct any questions to pif@ranzcp.org or call us toll-free on 1800 337 448 (from Australia) or 0800 443 827 (from New Zealand).