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BAPRAS-BFIRST Trainee Awards

BAPRAS have very kindly offered BFIRST Trainees an annual donation to fund our Trainee Awards, with the aim of encouraging trainee engagement with global reconstructive surgery. 

BFIRST Founders Global Reconstructive Surgery Award

5 billion people around the globe are currently unable to access safe and effective surgical care. Plastic surgery has been involved with global health for decades and is perhaps its oldest and most notable partner.

Ms Barbara Jemec founded BFIRST in 2012 and has kindly supported this award to encourage debate and discussion of global reconstructive surgery. Applicants are invited to write an essay of no more than 1500 words exploring the following title:

‘What would your key considerations be when designing a successful reconstructive surgery training project in a developing world context?’

The recipient of the award will receive:

1.     £150

2.     An invitation to present their essay at the 2018 BFIRST / BSSH overseas day

Submission Guidelines

  • Entrants must be BFIRST Trainee Members (free membership registration at at any level of training (including medical students).
  • Submit essays via (please clearly specify “Trainee Essay Prize Submission” in the subject line of your submission email, otherwise your essay may not be considered)
  • Application deadline 16th March 2018.
  • Essays should be written in Arial size 12-font, double spaced and referenced in the Vancouver style. Essays should not exceed 1500 words (excluding cover page and reference list).

We look forward to receiving your entry!

BFIRST Trainees Core Values

  1. To be the leading platform for plastic surgery trainee involvement and development in global surgery in the UK, forming the next generation of consultants with a passion for global partnership in reconstructive surgical training. #Innovate
  1. To help make a difference by providing educational resources and by supporting long term reconstructive surgical programmes in developing countries through BFIRST global partnerships. #Educate
  1. To encourage exposure at all stages of training and raise awareness of the extensive challenges faced by health care professionals working with limited resources in developing countries, promoting a culture of global responsibility, starting as trainees and continuing through as consultants. #GlobalResponsibility
  1. To explore potential partnerships and opportunities for collaboration between trainees, consultants other charitable bodies who have an interest in global reconstructive surgery, training and research. #Collaborate
  1. Above all, to promote safe, responsible and professional involvement of trainees in activities relating to global reconstructive surgery, and to ensure that projects selected are appropriate, responsive to local needs, and focus on sustainable local training and capacity building. #Safety