Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize

Find out how to enter our essay prize – open to undergraduate UK medical students and supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Enter our essay prize for the chance to win one of three prizes: 

  • First prize: £750 
  • Second prize: £500 
  • Third prize: £250 

What are the benefits of entering? 

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive a certificate from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Your achievement will demonstrate to future employers your commitment to medicine and your professional development. 

Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among the general public and healthcare professionals, with two-thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making the disease harder to treat. 

Improving your knowledge of ovarian cancer will benefit you and your patients, whether or not you choose to specialise in gynaecology in the future. Together we can make sure women in the UK have the best chances of survival.  

The Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize will encourage the doctors of the future to gain a greater insight into ovarian cancer, giving them the knowledge they need to direct more women onto the correct diagnostic pathway sooner and crucially save lives. 

Professor Debbie Sharp OBE, Chair of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize 

Who is eligible to enter? 

The prize is open to all undergraduate medical students studying at a UK medical school. It aims to encourage students to read more widely on ovarian cancer, to think about some of the current issues and learn about recent research. 


Applicants must submit an essay of up to 2,000 words including footnotes for a maximum of three figures and/or tables (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied). Applicants should include no more than ten references. 

Submit an essay that addresses one of the following: 

  • Abdominal symptoms presenting in primary care: when to consider ovarian cancer in the differential diagnosis and how to avoid common misdiagnosis  

  • Describe the value of CA125 as a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer and how NICE guidelines for primary care could be revised to reflect latest findings 

  • How can health care services be best organised to support the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer?  

How to enter 

Please complete the online application via Oxford Abstracts

This application is hosted by Oxford Abstracts platform. 

For further guidance on how to submit your application, please see Oxford Abstracts’ guidance on making a submission

For more information about ovarian cancer, please see our award-winning educational resources

 How applications will be judged 

You will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Overall quality of essay 

  • Knowledge of the literature  

  • Quality of discussion 

  • Style and presentation  

The deadline for submission is 11.59pm on Sunday 26 June 2022. 

Writing the essay broadened my knowledge of ovarian cancer genetics and the clinical challenges associated with ovarian cancer.

Shivani Kanabar, 2021 essay prize winner 

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Funding of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is made possible due to the kind generosity of the Annette Mills Charitable Trust.