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Winners of the Michael Pittilo Essay Prize 2012

joshuaharvey800xThis year’s Michael Pittilo essay prize asked healthcare students to address the question: In the context of constricted health budgets and a rapidly growing population of service users with multiple long term chronic conditions, what strategies can we as health practitioners use to encourage healthy ageing?

Shown here presenting the prizes is Moira Howie, Head of Nutrition for Waitrose.  We are very grateful to them for sponsoring this prize and other student activities of the College of Medicine.

The winner this year was Joshua Harvey, a fourth year medical student from Balliol College, Oxford.  His essay will be published later this year in the magazine of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. You can read Joshua’s essay here.

Second prize goes to Rita Issa, a final year medical student at University College, London.  You can read her essay here.

Winners of the joint third prize were Sarah Blagden, Intercalating Medical Student, University of Birmingham and Yitka Graham, 3rd year, Public Health BSc Student, University of Sunderland.  Follow the links to read their essays.