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Looking to raise awareness of your rare disease among future medical professionals? Then look no further as we have the ideal opportunity for you.


The Student Voice Essay Prize is BACK and better than ever! We even have a new co-branded logo!

Now in its sixth year, the Student Voice Essay Prize, a collaboration between Findacure and Medics4RareDiseases, aims to raise the profile of rare diseases by motivating the next generation of doctors to learn about them. The competition is open to all undergraduate and masters students in any subject. By providing them with a solid foundation of rare disease knowledge through interacting with rare disease patient groups as they put together their case-study essays, students are able to truly interact with the rare disease community.

This year, we will be giving medical students the chance to request a connection with a rare disease patient group in order to learn first-hand about the condition and the patient experience. Before we officially launch this year’s competition, we are looking to get a short-list of patient groups who are willing to get involved. We would ask each group to give an hour of their time on the phone to answer the student’s questions. The aim is to give them a better understanding of the condition, the patient experience of living with a rare disease, and the role doctors play in patient support. After the essays have been judged, we will share the pieces with you.

Last year’s pilot of student-advocate pairings proved to be very successful, with students saying it opened their eyes to the reality of living with a rare condition and advocates saying it was a great opportunity to raise awareness. One of the pairs was selected as one of the three winning essays and was published in BMC’s On Medicine blog. You can read ‘Four things I learned from an individual with fibrous dysplasia’ here.

If you are interested in taking part, please download our sign up form and return it to [email protected].

Additionally, if you have an hour or two to spare to do some direct mailing universities, then please let us know!

The 2019 Student Voice Essay Prize webpage will be live on Friday 4th October for students to find this year’s three questions, the entry form, the rules and regulations, and the patient group pairing form. As in previous years, there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including journal publication, conference tickets and cash awards.

Show your support for the Student Voice!

by Taryn Hubbard time to read: 2 min