Ascona Prize for Students 2018
founded in 1976 in honor of Michael and Enid Balint. An International Balint
Award for Medical Students
Ascona Model (WHO)
The Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine Ascona invites medical
students to apply for the International Balint Award 2018. Prize monies of SFR
5,000 are available for the authors of the best three essays.
Papers must be in English. They should describe a student-patient relationship,
an experience, or experiences, from the student’s medical studies and include
critical reflection on personal meetings with patients. The papers should be
between 3.000 and 10.000 words.
The criteria by which the papers will be judged are as follows:
The paper should include a presentation of a truly personal experience of a
(Manuscripts of former medical theses or diplomas cannot be accepted.)
A description of how the student experienced this relationship, either
individually or as part of the medical team.
The student’s own perception of the demands to which s/he felt exposed and
an illustration of how s/he responded.
A discussion of both ways in which the student’s own approach might change
in the future, and also
possible ways in which future medical training might enhance the state of
awareness for individual students.
Submissions of 3.000-10.000 words should be sent by email,
as a PDF attachment to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Submission will be closed on 01.10.2017!
The awards will be presented at the 20th International Balint Congress
in Oxford/UK 2018!
The prize-winners will be expected to give a short presentation of their essay
(not more than 15 minutes) at the Congress and the full text of the papers will
be published in the Proceedings of the Congress and other Balint journals.
The Congress fee will be waived for prize-winners and they will be provided
with free accommodation. In addition, each prizewinner may claim reasonable
travel expenses (the cheapest available air fare) on the production of
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