National Essay & Art Competition

Did you know that applying for the National Essay or Art Competition can be used for your Bronze, Silver and Gold Award?

The National Essay and Art Competition is a Medic Mentor Approved Activity


Essay Competition


Your essay must aim to answer the question: ‘Why is it important that highly infectious pathogens are studied even after treatments have been developed for them? How does this impact future healthcare?’ Please answer the question from the perspective of a doctor, dentist or vet (not all three). 

Your maximum word count is 2500 words, including the title and subheadings but not including references. Please submit your essay to by 5pm on the 20th May 2020.  



Art Competition

We are inviting art work submissions for the next issue of the magazine around the theme ‘Bridging the Gap’. Students are welcome to submit more than one piece and you might even find your work featured on the front cover!  The Editors will do their best to include as much work as possible and all contributors will receive certificates for their contributions.  They will be selecting a winner based on all entries.  You must submit your art work to by 5pm on the 3rd of February for consideration.


Competition Details

You must include references if you have made use of them, although this will not be included in the word count. Essays will be marked down if the word count is exceeded. Please structure your essay and make use of paragraphs where appropriate. We are looking for essays that have a unique message and insight into the title.

The use of personal experiences and your own thoughts are encouraged. Please use Calibri font and size 12 for the main body of the text. Headings can use a larger sized font at your discretion.

Submissions for art work can range from original photography to fine art.  Submissions must be in a digital format (scanned or jPEG) with a high resolution. Work must be your own.  The Editors will accept up to 3 submission from the same individual.

Students from any year or background are eligible to apply, provided that you have an interest in pursuing a medical, dental or veterinary career. All submissions must be made before the deadline.  Please pass on your questions directly to


The winners of the National Essay and Art Competition will have their essay featured in the next issue of the Mentor Magazine. You will receive a certificate in the post and a £25 Amazon Voucher.  You will also be able to use this to complete your Silver and Gold Awards Criteria.

What is the Mentor Magazine?

Medic Mentor magazine is a national publication aimed at informing and enlightening prospective medical students and their university counterparts. Released quarterly, each edition of the Medic Mentor magazine is composed of articles and artwork designed to achieve this. 

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