Prizes

The Marshall Prize in Surgical Training

The Marshall Prize in Surgical Training, in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, was established to encourage surgical trainees within Monash Health to pursue basic or clinical investigative projects.

Previous winners:

  • 2013 Paul Stimpson
  • 2012 Naseem Mirbagheri
  • 2011 Sameh Farah
  • 2010 Tony De Sousa
  • 2009 Brendan Thomas
  • 2008 Chilton Chong
  • 2007 Amal Abou-Hamden
  • 2006 Saifulla Syed
  • 2005 Sarah Olson
  • 2004 Daniel Moon
  • 2003 Naveen Somia
  • 2002 Abraham Stephanopoulos

History

In 2002 the Marshall Prize in Surgical Training was established to encourage surgical trainees within Monash Health to pursue basic or clinical investigative projects. The Marshall Prize for Surgery was named after Emeritus Professor Vernon Charles Marshall and his brothers the late Robert and Donald to recognise their contribution to Surgery. This is a unique situation in Australia where all three surgeons and bothers worked at Prince Henry's Hospital at the same time from 1975. Vernon Marshall was head of Monash University Department of Surgery and General Surgery; Donald Marshall was Head of Plastic Surgery and Robert Marshall was Head of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Call for Abstracts

Eligible trainees are invited to submit an abstract summarizing the project including the following components - introduction, aims, methods, results and conclusions. The abstract must not exceed 250 words on a single sheet of A4 paper.

Applications should be submitted electronically to: Professor Julian Smith, julian.smith@monash.edu and a signed copy delivered to: Mrs. Mira Petruzalek, Department of Surgery (MMC), Level 5 E Block, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Vic 3168.

Up to six finalists will be selected on the basis of their abstract submission and invited to present the results of their project at the Marshall prize Symposium as part of the Professorial Surgical Rounds Program.

The venue and time of the Marshall Prize Symposium will be notified in due course.

The format of the symposium paper will be a 10-minute verbal presentation of the project followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

The winner will be decided by a panel of adjudicators, some of which will be invited from outside Monash Health. Points will be allocated based on criteria such as originality of hypothesis, project planning and design, study methods, data analysis, conclusions, abstract content, quality of presentation and discussion.

The winning trainee will receive a cash prize and his/her name will be placed on an honour board to be located within the Department of Surgery.

Digvijay Singh Kohli Prize

For Monash University medical students

The Singh Family, in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, present the Digvijay Singh Kohli Prize to a medical student, for the best essay on the developments in inflammatory bowel disease management. The Digvijay Singh Kohli surgery prize winner will receive $500. This prize is currently suspended pending further funding.

Previous winners:

  • 2009 Osama Elsewaisy
  • 2008 Rahul Chakrabarti

Application process

The essay should address the broad scope of inflammatory bowel disease management and not merely focus on a single specific therapeutic modality.

The suggested essay length is 2000 words with a strict upper limit of 2,500 words.

Applications should be submitted electronically to: julian.smith@monash.edu and a signed copy delivered to: Ms. Mira Petruzalek, Department of Surgery (MMC), Level 5 E Block, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Vic 3168.

Medical students in Year 3, 4, 5 of the undergraduate program in Australia are eligible to apply. Work produced from a Bachelor of Medical Science degree is not eligible. Previous winners are not eligible to re-apply. Applicants should sign and submit a plagiarism disclaimer with their essay.

Judging will be done by a panel of members of the Department of Surgery (MMC), of the School of Clinical Sciences or of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences where appropriate using the following criteria: originality, coherence, integration of clinical experience with learning, and extent of application of research or evidence-based methodologies.

Prince Henry's Prize in Surgery

The Prince Henry's Prize in surgery is awarded to a final year student who has spent time within the School of Clinical Science in Years 3 or 5 who achieves the highest aggregate mark in `Surgery' as determined by the results of the Year 5 Clinical Knowledge Test and a viva-voce exam held in the Department. A cash prize is awarded to the winner.

Previous winners:

  • 2013 Benjamin Poh
  • 2012 Alexander Handrinos
  • 2011 Paul Amailuk
  • 2010 Greta Lindenmayer
  • 2009 Dinesh Mahendran
  • 2008 Jin Jie Cheah
  • 2007 Claire Owen
  • 2006 Felicity Dukes