BOTA is pleased to invite submissions for the Junior Essay Prize 2019, with an essay discussing the following statement:


 “Orthopaedic training should change to be entirely run-through in the UK”


The author of the winning essay will be awarded £300 thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Worshipful Company of Barbers. Marks will be awarded for originality and structure (including grammar and spelling) and a broad critique of the subject.

Terms of entry:

  • Open to pre-registrar trainees. Trainees must be current members of BOTA (Medical Students, Foundation doctors, SHOs including Core Trainees).
  • Essays should be no longer than 1000 words (including tables but excluding references).
  • Submissions open on 12th June 2019 and close at midday on 31st July 2019.
  • Essays should be submitted by email to [email protected] , together with the word count, name and grade of applicant and preferred contact email address.
  • Submissions will be anonymised and marked using a standardised mark scheme by a panel of independent judges.
  • The winning essay will be published in the BOTA annual yearbook, Joint.

We look forward to reading your entries on this topical issue, and hope it encourages thought and debate regarding the shape of UK orthopaedic training.

Generously supported by:

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The Worshipful Company of Barbers