Tuesday 23 June 2015
Luisa Peress, a third-year medical student in the School of Medicine and Dentistry recently won the Steven Carstairs Essay Prize for best student essay in Clinical Radiology in the UK, awarded by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR).
Her essay is based on an auditing project undertaken at the Royal London Hospital at the Whitechapel campus. As part of her project, she came up with various ways to increase the hospital’s adherence to guidelines regarding an intervention in radiology.
Luisa said: “If I could give one piece of advice to current or prospective students, it would be to find and pursue a project with a topic you are passionate about. I have seen loads of excellent works undertaken by my colleagues; however most of it goes unfinished and its potential is wasted. Finding something you genuinely care or are interested about will make it easier to give the project your 100 per cent. Out of one single audit, I have also managed to get out a presentation at national level and essay prize. So when you reach that 80 per cent and become bored, don’t give up and reach the finish line. Most of the time it feels great and sometimes you get more out of it than what you initially planned!”
In addition to winning the prize for best essay, Luisa’s project was accepted for poster presentation at the Royal College of Radiologists’ national conference, the Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place at The Barbican in London in September this year.