How to write a good essay… and win prizes
Sabina Dosani explains how and why medical students should write essays
Why should medical students worry about writing essays? Surely they don't need to write essays--or do they? At medical school you will probably write dissertations, elective reports, and essays at the end of special study modules. Examinations for intercalated degrees often include essays, especially in more “arty” subjects such as history of medicine and anthropology. Like driving a car, essay writing is a skill for life. You need good essay skills for some Royal College membership examinations, higher degrees, and, perhaps most significantly in the days of student hardship, to win prizes.
Prizes look good on a curriculum vitae. Winning a prize gives confidence, a sense of achievement, and may even get you that special job. Prize money is an added incentive. Look on notice boards or ask senior tutors for details of essay prizes.
This article suggests how you might write an essay and debunks some common myths. One