What is the Public Benefit of The Student Voice Prize?
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that it doesn’t take a neurosurgeon to know that The Student Voice Prize is an incredible opportunity for budding medical students, nurses and biological undergraduate and masters students.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the public benefit of The Student Voice Prize – after all, it’s the reason why this annual essay competition exists in the first place!
The Student Voice Prize helps to bridge the gap between the doctors of tomorrow and the rare disease patients of today. This prestigious competition encourages students to learn from rare disease patient groups in the hopes that they will reflect on their schooling, practice and beliefs, and craft a winning article that highlights their new-found learnings and insights to other medical students who are in a similar position.
Over the past seven years of hosting The Student Voice Prize, we’ve seen a number of students go from Student Voice Prize entrants to proud rare disease ambassadors after the positive, eye-opening experience they enjoyed throughout the competition. In fact, two previous winners, Dr. Srinivasa Rambhatla and Dr. Mariam Al-Attar, are now Clinical Ambassadors for Medics4RareDiseases! If that isn’t commendable enough, five previous winners have even been asked to speak at other medical and scientific conferences to share what they learned from participating in The Student Voice Prize with other medical students.
The Student Voice Prize is particularly special because it reinforces the notion that medical students and professionals need to learn from and support rare disease patient groups. Patient groups have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to their specific rare condition, so it is our hope that through The Student Voice Prize and our Patient Group Pairing Scheme that future doctors will become rare disease advocates and champions.
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