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RCPA Fellow and Trainee Recognition Awards

The following Awards are offered by the College in appreciation of excellent service to the College or Pathology.

Pathology Update Trainee Prizes

There are four prestigious prizes for original research by Trainees. Please view the policy guidelines below relating to these prizes for entry criteria and other details. Trainees entering multiple prize categories are not permitted to submit the same abstract under different prize categories. To be eligible for selection, a different abstract is required for each prize category. Those selected will have their abstract published in the supplement to the Journal Pathology.

DS Nelson Trainee Oral Prize

The RCPA offers the DS Nelson Trainee Prize for the best oral presentation of original research by a Trainee at the RCPA Pathology Update. It is awarded in honour of the late Professor David Selwyn Nelson, a distinguished pathologist, whose research covered haematology, immunology and microbiology. David Nelson was the editor of Pathology from 1985 to 1988. The DS Nelson Trainee Oral Prize is a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation. The DS Nelson is the flagship Trainee prize and three Trainees from any discipline will be shortlisted from abstracts to present.

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Trainee Oral Prize

The RCPA QAP Trainee Oral Prize is awarded for the best oral presentation on a subject related to laboratory management, case studies and all aspects of Quality Assurance. The oral is a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation and two Trainees from any discipline will be shortlisted from abstracts to present.

Board of Education and Assessment Trainee Poster Prize

This prize is offered by the College’s Board of Education and Assessment for the best poster presentation of original research in any discipline by a Trainee at Pathology Update. Trainees are given the opportunity to summarise their posters in a three-minute time span with three further minutes for questions. Four Trainees will be selected from abstracts to enter this prize which is held on the Saturday morning of the Conference.

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Trainee Poster Prize

The RCPA/QAP offer a poster prize for the best poster presentation by Trainees at Pathology Update on a Quality Assurance topic. Three Trainees will be selected from abstracts to present their QAP poster.

Eddie Hirst Memorial Prize

The Eddie Hirst Memorial Prize is awarded to the Australian candidate who gains the highest aggregate mark in the Pathological Sciences Examination. This Prize was set up in memory of Dr Edmond Hirst, former Head of the Department of Anatomical Pathology at Sydney Hospital, who was influential in establishing training programs.

Honorary Fellowship

An Honorary Fellowship is granted by Council for any person of eminence or any person who has rendered exceptional services to the science or practice of pathology, to the profession of pathology or to the College.

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is presented to Fellows and Fellows of the Faculties of the College in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the work of the College, generally via work on committees.

Neil Prentice Memorial Prize

The Neil Prentice Memorial Prize is awarded to the New Zealand candidate who gains the highest aggregate mark in the Pathological Sciences Examination. This Prize was donated in memory of Dr Neil Prentice, an eminent pathologist who contributed much to pathology and medicine in New Zealand, including Presidency of the New Zealand Society of Pathologists.

Outstanding Teaching Award

The Award for Outstanding Teaching shall be for Fellows and Fellows of Faculties of the College who have made an outstanding contribution to the teaching of Pathology, and in particular, to the teaching of registrars. It is particularly intended for Fellows who volunteer their personal time and make available their often privately acquired teaching material to registrars.

RCPA Honour Roll

Established in honour of the Jubilee year of the College, the Honour Roll for Fellows, Fellows of the Faculties, Trainees of the College who have made outstanding contributions to pathology and or medicine 'above and beyond the call of duty'.

Distinguished Fellow Award

Awarded to Fellows and Fellows of Faculties of the College who have made an outstanding contribution to pathology, either in research, teaching or administration, and who have attained a position of eminence in their chosen field.

RCPA Visiting Lectureship (to Overseas) Nomination

The RCPA Visiting Lecturer (to Overseas) will be a Fellow of the College or other person with expertise in pathology, who will be able to present state-of-the-art education in an area of their choice. The Visiting Lecturer (to Overseas) will, as a rule, be required to visit each of Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and will be expected to spend several days in each country.

Fellows can nominate other Fellows or non-Fellows with expertise in Pathology for the RCPA Visiting Lectureship.

Traditionally the Visiting Lecturer (to Overseas) is from Australia or New Zealand and visits South East Asia. Recommendations or advice from our Fellows in South East Asia regarding persons or disciplines they feel would be of value in visiting their country(s) are genuinely welcomed.

Nominations for 2019 close on 13 October 2017.