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Early career clinical pharmacology competition 2022

Published: 28 Mar 2022 in Society news



The Society is pleased to announce that the Early Career Clinical Pharmacology Competition will continue as part of Pharmacology 2022. The competition celebrates valuable contributions to clinical pharmacology by medical students, pharmacy students, and early career doctors (FY1 to IMT3) and pharmacists (band 5-7).

The prize builds on an annual competition previously run as part of #ClinicalPharmacologyWeek. By embedding the prize into the Society’s annual meeting, we hope more people with an interest in clinical pharmacology will have the opportunity to meet members and develop valuable networks. This year everyone who successfully submits an eligible abstract will be invited to present at Pharmacology 2022 - and have the chance to win a £250 prize.

Please submit your abstract via the main Pharmacology 2022 portal, and tick the box to state that you would like to be considered for the Early Career Clinical Pharmacology Competition, by the 6 May 2022. Please follow the abstract submission guidelines.

Dr Andrew Scourfield, clinical pharmacology consultant and BPS member who was involved in setting up the original prize, said:

We set up the original prize as part of the Society’s commitment to doubling the number of UK clinical pharmacologists. It is part of a broader piece of work that has sought to raise the profile of clinical pharmacology and build the connections and capital that are needed to start a career.

I’ve seen how much this prize means to previous winners, and the feedback was clear that the chance to present at the annual meeting was a real positive to them. By moving to this new format, we hope this opportunity to network and learn more about clinical pharmacology will be available to even more people.


Dr Chris Threapleton, Chair of the Society’s Specialty Trainee Sub-Committee, said:

It can be difficult to know what a career in clinical pharmacology can offer – partly because it is so varied and broad. One of the key things that makes a difference is being part of a community who can support that journey – and give people interested in clinical pharmacology a taste of the impact they could have on improving patient outcomes. This abstract competition is an opportunity to build on the seeds of interest and work that is already out there, and to bring people together to discuss, debate - and ultimately grow - clinical pharmacology.

Abstract submissions are invited from:
  • Undergraduates:
    • Medical students
    • Pharmacy students
  • Postgraduates:
    • Doctors (FY1 to IMT3, or equivalent)
    • Pharmacists (Band 5-7, or equivalent)

Abstracts should relate to the field of clinical pharmacology and may include:
  • Research projects linked to clinical pharmacology
  • Audit or quality improvement project on the use of medicines
  • Education abstracts on safe prescribing or use of medicines
  • Interesting case reports related to clinical pharmacology. Examples could include (but not limited to), adverse effects of medication, drug-drug interactions, polypharmacy, role of therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacogenomics

To be eligible for the competition, applicants must have a poster accepted for presentation at Pharmacology 2022.  Applicants must attend the conference to present their poster to the competition judges, who will decide the top posters in the undergraduate and postgraduate categories.

Presenters of the best undergraduate and postgraduate posters will receive a £250 prize in a ceremony at Pharmacology 2022. They will also be invited to give a 5-minute presentation about their project at a subsequent national training event for clinical pharmacologists.

Pharmacology 2022 is held from 13 – 14 September 2022 in Liverpool. For further details, visit the Pharmacology 2022 event website.

For more details about what makes a successful abstract and to hear from past winners, read this article in The Prescriber.

For more details about the Society’s work to grow clinical pharmacology, please see our collaboration as part of the Clinical Pharmacology Skills Alliance.

We want this opportunity to be accessible to all. Find out about bursaries for Pharmacology 2022.