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This competition has now closed.

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research awards an annual undergraduate medical student prize in memory of Professor George Lewith.

The award is open to medical undergraduates at any UK medical school. 

The winner will receive their registration fees for the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) annual scientific meeting, held this year, in Bristol, on the 3-5 July 2024.

To enter the competition you need to submit:

  1. A summary of a piece of work undertaken in general practice.  This could be an original research paper, a case report, an audit, a conference abstract, etc. This should be no longer than 3000 words (excluding references). 
  2. A written reflective summary of no more than 500 words describing how the applicant contributed to the work.

Applications should be sent to by 12noon on Friday 19th April 2024. 


Health Education England and the Medical Schools Council published ‘By choice – not by chance’ in 2016, as a mechanism to identify and address some of the issues impacting on recruiting medical students to careers in general practice. The report highlights several important issues, including the need for greater collaboration to raise the academic profile of general practice.

A common perception amongst students is that general practice does not offer an academic career pathway and that if you aspire to do research, a hospital specialty is the default position. To be successful academic primary care needs to recruit and retain the brightest medical students, providing opportunities for involvement in research at all stages of their careers. The Integrated Academic Clinical Training pathway is now well established although the number of fellowships ring-fenced for general practice are small and the scheme is not well known about.

To start to address some of these issues, the NIHR SPCR introduced new initiatives to support raising the profile of the discipline and to encourage talented medical students to consider a career in academic primary care.


George Lewith was Professor of Primary Care at the University of Southampton, and SPCR training lead. George made remarkable contributions to academic primary care and in particular to research in the area of complementary medicine, as a training lead, mentor and supervisor.