The 2017 J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism: Best article or essay was awarded to Drs Justin Burton, Emma Dowds, and Alexander Dodd for their article, “First aid training for seniors: Preventing falls and medical morbidity in the elderly” [BCMJ 2017;59:189-191].
The authors wrote the article while in their third year of medical school at UBC in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Dr Burton’s interests include primary care medicine and collaboration between physicians, first responders, and the community. Dr Dowds plans to pursue a career as a rural GP. Prior to attending medical school, she worked and studied in the field of Alzheimer disease and dementia. Dr Dodd previously completed a bachelor’s degree in biological psychology at UBC and, prior to attending medical school, taught first aid with the British Red Cross. They all hope to continue writing for the BCMJ as they transition into residency.
BC medical students are encouraged to submit full-length scientific articles and essays for publication consideration. Each year the BCMJ awards a prize of $1000 for the best article or essay written by a medical student in the province of BC. For more information about the award, visit www.bcmj.org/submit-article-award.
From left to right, Drs Alexander Dodd, Emma Dowds, and Justin Burton at the UBC MD graduation on 23 May 2018.
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