2021 J.H. MacDermot writing prize winners

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 64, No. 7, September 2022, Page 289 News
Dr Giselle Hunt Ms Elsie Wang
Dr Giselle Hunt Ms Elsie Wang

The BC Medical Journal welcomes submissions from BC medical students and offers writing prizes for the best pieces accepted for publication. The winner of the 2021 J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism: Best article or essay is Dr Giselle Hunt, for her article “Endometriosis: An update on diagnosis and medical management.” The article was chosen for the quality of the writing, importance of the topic, and usefulness to BC physicians. The winner of the 2021 J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism: Best blog post is Ms Elsie Wang, for her blog post “UBC medical students respond to COVID-19 pandemic with innovation and teamwork.” The blog post was selected for the quality of the writing and the efforts to raise awareness of the important work being done by UBC students.

Dr Giselle Hunt

Dr Hunt would like to thank Drs Catherine Allaire, Paul Yong, and Caitlin Dunne for offering their expertise in the field of women’s health and providing guidance throughout the article-drafting process. Dr Hunt wrote the article as a fourth-year UBC medical student. She is now a second-year psychiatry resident in the UBC Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. She feels privileged to be able to stay in and hopefully one day work in the beautiful province of British Columbia. Her career plans are currently undecided, but she is excited by the flexibility of psychiatric work and the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations. With broad professional interests, she foresees splitting her week between general adult psychiatry, addictions medicine, and reproductive mental health, with an emphasis on psychotherapy. Dr Hunt hopes that regardless of where or what she practises, she is able to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of her future patients.

Ms Elsie Wang

Ms Wang is a first-year medical student in the UBC Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (class of 2026). She wrote the blog post as an undergraduate student with coauthor Dr Philip Edgcumbe while health care providers and students were challenged with unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Wang and Dr Edgcumbe were inspired to share the stories of innovative projects being driven by medical students.

Ms Wang is passionate about the field of digital health and is striving to improve health care access and equity for patients through technology and innovation. Her work in digital health includes evaluating Real-Time Virtual Support pathways with the UBC Digital Emergency Medicine unit and supporting the development of novel online programs for cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and virtual reality–based treatments at the UBC Sexual Health laboratory. To support Indigenous patients across BC, she is also engaged in the development of an appeals committee for the Quality Care and Safety Office at the First Nations Health Authority. Ms Wang aspires to become a changemaker in medicine by listening to the needs of Canadians. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she has been granted and hopes to stay curious, passionate, and eager to learn throughout her journey in medical studies at UBC.

BC medical students are encouraged to submit full-length scientific articles and essays for publication consideration. Prior to 2022, the BCMJ Editorial Board recognized the authors of the best student articles with the J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism in two categories: best article or essay for print, and best blog post. As of 2022, the prizes have been updated to distinguish between student articles written with and without physician coauthors. The blog-post prize has been discontinued. For more information about the prizes, visit www.bcmj.org/submit-article-award.


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