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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. 

As such, we’re pleased to be able to offer 4 annual prizes awarded to trainees. 

  • BAPRAS-BFIRST Global Reconstructive Surgery Partnership Award
    • To encourage trainees to form international collaborations in the field of global reconstructive surgery, which focus on education, host-engagement, sustainability and potential for long-term partnership.
  • BAPRAS-BFIRST Ambroise Pare Trainee Surgical Essay Prize
    •  To encourage discussion amongst trainee surgeons on the subject relevant to global reconstructive surgery.
  • BAPRAS-BFIRST Medical Student Elective Prize
    • To encourage engagement from the medical student body with global reconstructive surgery, and promote the pursuit of medical electives that have capacity for long-term partnerships, host engagement and sustainability.

BAPRAS-BFIRST Global Reconstructive Surgery Partnership Prize

Aim:

The Global Partnership Prize aims to help trainees to form international collaborations in the field of global reconstructive surgery. The hope is that by providing funds which can facilitate travel, trainee surgeons will be encouraged to engage early and lay a positive foundation for future work in the field of global reconstructive surgery. The aim is to promote early and responsible engagement that has the potential to lead to long-term partnership.

Criteria:

The prize will be awarded to a trainee proposing to undertake an interesting project that encompasses the core values of sustainability, education and host engagement. The prize money will only be awarded on completion of the project and submission of a project report. Applicants should be qualified doctors with an interest in pursuing a career in global reconstructive surgery.

Application process:

Applicants are asked in no more than 500 words to outline their project proposal, including; motivation for applying, aims of project, intended activities, anticipated benefit(s) to host and planned host engagement, anticipated educational value for trainee, potential for long-term partnership and sustainability. Projects that focus particularly on local surgical education, whether through audit, research or educational resources, will be prioritised. Applicants are also asked to provide a 500 word personal statement, a CV and a letter of reference.

Outcome:

The successful applicant will be required to submit a project report within one month of completion, and to subsequently present their project at the BFIRST session of the BAPRAS Annual Winter Meeting.

The BFIRST Ambroise Pare Trainee Surgical Essay Prize

Ambroise Paré, was a 16th-century French surgeon, stated that to perform surgery is, “To eliminate that which is superfluous, restore that which has been dislocated, separate that which has been united, join that which has been divided and repair the defects of nature.”

Aim:

The Ambroise Pare essay prize is an annual prize to encourage discussion amongst trainee surgeons on the subject of global reconstructive surgery. The Chairman of BFIRST will select an annual essay title relating to global reconstructive surgery from a selection of subjects shortlisted by the BFIRST Trainee Committee.

Criteria:

Applicants should be qualified doctors or medical students with an interest in pursuing a career in global reconstructive surgery.

Application process:

Applicants are invited to submit a manuscript of up to 1000 words discussing the subject, focusing on applications within global reconstructive surgery. Authors are encouraged to explore concepts of innovation, education, global responsibility, collaboration and safety with regards to global reconstructive surgery.

Outcome:

The successful applicant will receive a purse of £250 and will deliver their essay as a presentation at the BFIRST session of the BAPRAS Annual Winter Meeting. Subsequent publication is permitted.

BAPRAS-BFIRST Medical Student Elective Prize

Aim:

The Medical Student Elective Prize aims to encourage medical students to undertake medical electives in global reconstructive surgery, which have a focus on formation of long-term partnerships, host engagement and locally relevant research and education opportunities. The hope is that by providing funds which can facilitate travel, medical students will be encouraged to engage with global reconstructive surgery early and responsibly, laying a positive foundation for future work in the field.

Criteria:

The prize will be awarded to a medical student proposing to undertake an elective relevant to global reconstructive surgery. Priority will be given to elective projects that encompass the core values of sustainability, education and host engagement. The prize money will only be awarded on completion of the elective project and submission of an elective report. Applicants should be current medical students with an interest in pursuing a career in global reconstructive surgery.

Application process:

Applicants are asked in no more than 500 words to outline their planned elective project, including; motivation for applying, aims of project, intended activities, anticipated engagement with host unit, anticipated educational value for trainee, potential for long-term partnership and sustainability. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate awareness of the host context, local needs/priorities of the host unit, locally relevant research and education opportunities, and potential for formation of long-term partnerships. Applicants are also asked to provide a 500 word personal statement, a CV and a letter of reference.

Outcome:

The successful applicant will be required to submit an elective report within one month of completion, and to subsequently present their elective project at the BFIRST session of the BAPRAS Annual Winter Meeting.

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