Trainee Prize

The Senior Fellows Club supports postgraduate training with an annual College Journal Prize of £250 and, since 2019, an annual Case of the Quarter Prize of £150, for the best papers written by a doctor in a training grade published in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

An elegant certificate is also awarded with each. Certificates of Commendation may be awarded to runners-up.

The winners of this year’s prizes are pictured below receiving their certificates from Senior Fellow Committee member, Dr Ron Fergusson.

Dr Justin Geddes, winner of The College Journal Prize 2023

Dr Charlotte Dewdney, winner of the Case for the Quarter 2023


Any clinical investigation or audit whose first-named author is a doctor in a training grade is eligible for the College Journal Prize; and any case report or case series whose first-named author is a doctor in a training grade is eligible for the Case of the Quarter Prize.

There is no need to apply for either prize as all eligible papers are considered.

Prize Selection Process

All eligible papers published in the given year are collated by the chairman of the adjudicating panel of four 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

Both prize-winners, if UK-based, are invited by the College’s Trainees & Members Committee to attend this annual conference at which the prizes are presented and at which the College Journal Prize-winner is expected to deliver his or her paper.


Publication: Medical Lives: Memories and Musings

An anthology of reminiscences and reflections by members of the Club published in October 2022, jointly by the College and the Senior Fellows Club, Medical Lives: Memories and Musings.

Support for the College 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 above.


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


Dr Isuru Induruwa, Clinical Research Fellow in Stroke Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals.

The increasing burden of atrial fibrillation in acute medical admissions, an opportunity to optimise stroke prevention.


Dr Alison Donaldson, Specialist Registrar in Geriatrics,  Aberdeen.

Variation in acute and community service provision of care of the elderly services across Scotland: findings from the Scottish Care of Older People (SCoOP) initial scoping survey


Dr Avinash Jain / Mr Harshit Singh (joint first authors), Senior Resident / PhD Student, Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

Distinct T-cell immunophenotypic signature in a subset of sarcoidosis patients with arthritis


Dr Milka Marinova, Clinical Research Fellow, National Institute of Health Research Collaborations, Imperial College, London

A prospective audit of bed utilisation and delays in care across London


Dr Sumeet Kumar, Medical Trainee, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Indore, Madya Pradesh, India

"MuCovid-21” study: Mucormycosis at an Indian tertiary care centre during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Callum Mutch and Dr Daniella Ross, Specialist Medical Trainees, Clinical Infection Research Group, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Performance status: A key factor in predicting mortality in the first wave of COVID-19 in South-East Scotland


Justin C Geddes et al.

Out-of-hours decision making in deteriorating patients by foundation year doctors: Relationship to moral distress.


Past recipients of the Case of the Quarter Prize


Dr Naomi Bulteel, Specialist Trainee in Infectious Diseases, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Successful reintroduction of tumour necrosis factor-alpha inhibition after treatment of disseminated Lyme borrelioisis


Dr John Headlam, Geriatric Registrar, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford, UK

Disseminated bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG): a cause of delirium in an older adult


Dr Navya Bezawada, Clinical Development Fellow, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Care Centre, Glasgow,

Challenging presentations of germ cell tumours in routine clinical practice


Dr Carol Goh Chew Yuen, Haematology Trainee, Hospital Pulau Pinang, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

A probable case of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia secondary to Pfizer Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine


Charlotte J Dewdney et al.

A case of Lemierre’s syndrome causing panhypopituitarism, cavernous sinus thrombosis, ischaemic stroke and pulmonary embolism.