Dr Pauline Wilson, Consultant Physician at the Gilbert Bain Hospital, has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s inaugural William Cullen prize for excellence in teaching/service innovation in NHS Shetland.

The prize was awarded at an NHS Shetland Board meeting on 23 August 2016.

Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

“I am delighted to award the new William Cullen Prize to Dr Wilson. She has gone out of her way to ensure the experience provided to trainees in Shetland is of the highest possible quality, leading to many making Shetland their long-term home.

“Dr Wilson has developed and encouraged the use of video conferencing for training purposes and has enhanced the personalised training provided.

“The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has Members and Fellows all over the world, but this prize particularly recognises excellence at a local level in Scotland”.


Contact: Sara Collier, RCPE - 0131 247 3658 / s.collier@rcpe.ac.uk (link sends e-mail)

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is an independent standard-setting body and professional membership organisation. The College’s aim is to improve and maintain the quality of patient care. RCPE helps qualified doctors to pursue their careers in specialist (internal) medicine through medical examinations, education and training. It also provides resources and information to support and facilitate professional development for physicians throughout their careers.
  2. The William Cullen Prize was created in 2016 to recognise excellence in teaching or service innovation at a regional level.
  3. William Cullen (1710-1790) was the most influential medical lecturer of his generation, and drew thousands of students to the Edinburgh Medical School. As the pre-eminent Scottish medical figure of his day, Cullen’s opinion was in high demand and people wrote to him from around the world requesting his advice on treatments. An archive of his private consultation letters can be found at http://cullenproject.ac.uk/ (link is external)