College Journal Prize

The Senior Fellows Club has sought to support postgraduate training by inaugurating in 2011 an annual £250 prize - the “College Journal Prize” – for the best paper written by a doctor in a training grade published in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.


Any paper on any clinical topic (except for literature reviews) whose first-named author is a doctor in a training grade will be considered.

Prize Selection Process

There is no need to apply or to be nominated to be considered for the Prize. All eligible papers published in the given year are collated by the College for adjudication by a panel of five College Fellows or Collegiate Members. This panel includes the Journal Editor-in-Chief, the Chairman of the Senior Fellows Club and the Chairman of the College’s Trainees & Members Committee

Medical Trainees' Conference

Since 2014, the prize-winner has delivered his/her paper at this annual conference at which the prize is presented.

The winner of the 2012 prize, Dr Grace E Walker from London, is pictured thanking the Club for her prize.

One of the two joint 2016 winners, Dr Alastair Rankin from Glasgow, is pictured receiving his prize from Dr Gordon Paterson, then Chairman of the Club, for his and his joint first-named co-author’s, Dr Richard Tran’s, paper. All the prize-winning papers can be accessed below.

Support for the Library

The Club also makes donations to the College Library. For example, it sponsored the repair and conservation of an important antiquarian book, the first illustrated textbook of anatomy published in England, the English translation of 1559. Its before and after state is shown.

Past recipients of the College Journal Prize


Dr Andrew D McCallum, Core Medical Trainee. Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections in the Scottish Borders: identification, management and treatment outcomes – a retrospective review


Dr Grace E Walker, ST2 Trainee, ACCS Training Programme. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s Health Partners, London.

Intravenous fluid use in the acutely unwell adult medical inpatient: improving practice through a clinical audit process


Dr Ben Dobb, Specialty Registrar, Acute Medicine. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen.

A pilot survey of decisions by acute medicine staff after thunderclap headache


Dr Barry Quinn, Foundation Year 2 doctor. Daisy Hill Hospital. Newry, Northern Ireland.

A masquerading mass: an unusual presentation of IgG4-related systemic disease with tubulo-interstitial nephritis


Dr Rebecca R Acquah, Specialist Registrar in Genitourinary Medicine. Brownlee Centre, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow.

HIV testing in Lanarkshire


Dr Richard Tran / Dr Alastair Rankin (joint first authors), Clinical Fellow in Acute Medicine / Medical Registrar. Acute Stroke Unit, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

Short runs of atrial arrhythmia and stroke risk: a European-wide online survey among stroke physicians and cardiologists


Dr John Widdrington, Specialty Trainee, Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Missed opportunities to diagnose syphilis prior to the development of sight-losing uveitis