03 December 2013

Student achievements celebrated at HYMS Prizegiving event

Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone speaking at Hull York Medical School's Prizegiving event

Award winning HYMS students were honoured at an annual prize giving ceremony at the University of Hull.

The ceremony, which was attended by the chancellor of the university, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone (pictured above), was attended by the vice chancellors of the universities of Hull and York, other university staff, representatives from the local NHS, prize winning undergraduate and postgraduate students and their guests.

HYMS fundraising staff who had worked hard to raise money for the charities HYMS had chosen to support for its 10th anniversary year also took part.

The Dean of HYMS, Professor Trevor Sheldon, paid tribute to all the undergraduate students who had won HYMS prizes. They were:

  • Emma Mullen: Highest overall mark in two Year 1 written papers in life sciences and clinical sciences
  • Eleonora Gkigkelou: Highest overall mark in a Year 1 practical examination in clinical skills and person-centred care
  • Hannah Morgan: Highest overall mark in Year 1 written papers in evidence-based decision-making, managing resources, population health and medicine
  • Nartani Nithianandasivam: Highest number of Excellent grades for Year 1 Student Selected Components during the year
  • Laila Jabr: Highest overall mark in a Year 2 practical examination in clinical skills and person-centred care
  • Rebecca Healey: Highest overall mark in Year 2 written papers in evidence-based decision-making, managing resources, population health and medicine
  • Ayse Djahit and Martin Gribbin: Highest number of Excellent grades for Year 2 Student Selected Components during the year
  • Katie Beaumont: Highest score for Excellent grades during the year; Highest score for Excellent grades during both years of Phase I
  • David Quinn: Highest overall mark in two Year 4 written papers in life sciences and clinical sciences
  • Rhiannon Smith: Best performance in intermediate clinical practice examination in Year 4 covering clinical skills and person-centred care
  • John Wilson: Highest overall mark in Year 4 written papers in evidence-based decision-making, managing resources, population health and medicine; Highest score for Excellent grades during both years of Phase II
  • Julia Gambles: Highest number of Student Selected Components graded as Excellent and satisfied the progression requirements in the Record of Achievement
  • Christopher Saleh: Bob Morton Memorial Prize, awarded to the student with the best overall grades in humanities Student Selected Components throughout both Phases I and II
  • Tushar Mann: Dr Jagdish Raut Award, awarded to a student in the second year of the MB BS programme who has made the greatest advancement in terms of academic studies
  • Shirley Sze: The Dorothy Robson Essay Prize, awarded for her essay on: "What is Advance Care Planning and now could it be systemically implemented in end of life care"
  • Joshua Griffith: The Dorothy Robson Prize for best palliative medicine Student Selected Component
  • Amy Gadoud: The Dorothy Robson Bursary for financial support to attend conferences relevant to the field of palliative medicine where the applicant has a poster or oral presentation
  • Helen Woodward: Dr Mike Hardey Award, awarded to the Year 1 student who has achieved the highest score for Excellent grades during the year
  • Gabriella Thompson and Katy Skeats: Professor Steve Leveson Elective Travel Bursary, awarded to support HYMS students with elective travel to Africa for the best descriptions of why they had chosen a particular destination or institution and what the benefits of the elective might be to themselves and the community

Professor Sheldon also acknowledged the efforts of postgraduate students who had received recognition during the year in their fields:

  • Viviana Toro-Ibacache, a PhD student in the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, who won best poster prize at the June 2013 postgraduate conference for her work on validating computational models simulating human biting and mastication.
  • Dr Amy Gadoud, who was awarded second place in the North American Primary Care Research Group Trainee Awards for her research project into palliative care needs of patients with heart failure compared to those with cancer.
  • Dr Jamilla Hussain, who works in the Supportive care, Early Diagnosis and Advanced disease research group, part of the HYMS Centre for Health and Population Sciences, at the University of Hull. Jamilla was awarded a highly competitive National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship in palliative medicine.
  • Pierluigi Costanzo, a cardiology registrar at Scarborough General Hospital and an MSc student in the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, whose research into in-patients with diabetes was presented at the Yorkshire Academic Day in Leeds where it received second prize. He also won second prizes in the Young Investigator Awards with his research project at the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Conference 2013, held in Lisbon, Portugal, and at the European Society of Cardiology Conference held in Amsterdam.
  • Dan Carradice, a National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Lecturer from the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, awarded the prestigious and historic Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and gave his Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine in April 2013.
  • Paediatric Specialist Trainee Jessie Morgan, who won the Helena Davies Prize for her poster presentation at the Regional Yorkshire School of Paediatrics annual meeting in November 2012.
  • Priyad Ariyaratnam, a cardiothoracic registrar at Castle Hill Hospital who is currently undertaking his Medical Doctorate at HYMS under Professor Alyn Morice and Mr Mahmoud Loubani. He was presented the European Young Investigator Award at the European Association of Cardiothoracic surgeons held in Vienna in October, by the president of the association, for his research. He has now won the prestigious award two years in a row, last year being the first time a surgeon from the UK has won the award in 8 years.