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OAA Trainee Competitions


Many congratulations to all the winners of the OAA Trainee Essay Competition! Click on the names to view their winning essays.

Junior category:
1st prize - Dr Jennifer Hooper 
2nd prize - Dr Heidi Lightfoot

Senior category:
1st prize - Dr Alyson Primrose
2nd prize - Dr Amanda Zacharzewski-

Winners of the Trainee Cases Competition 2018

Dr Anoop Patel, Queen Charlottes Hospital London - " The 6th 'P' For Compartment Syndrome" (1st prize)

Dr Lizzie Maronge, Nottingham City Hospital - "Severe Peripartum Hyponatraemia" (2nd prize)

Also presenting at the Cases Competition 2018 were:

Dr Claire Seeley, Royal Berkshire Hospital -  "Pyrexia of Unknown Origin"

Dr Fiona Faulds, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital - "Rectus Sheath Haematoma"


2017 Essay Prize Winners

Dr Naomi Tate, ST5, East of England

Dr Diana Neely
, ST6, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Winners of the Trainee Cases Competition 2017

 Winner of the Trainee Cases Competition 2017 was Dr Jade Harrison, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff with "Life Threatening Starvation Ketoacidosis in Pregnancy"

Also presenting at the Cases Competition 2017 were:

Dr Rhys Clyburn (ST4) Glangwilli Hospital, West Wales - A case of spontaneous splenic artery aneurysm rupture in pregnancy.

Dr Sahra Lantz-Dretnik (ST6) - "Spinning" in pregnancy – not always an adequate predictor of cardiovascular health

Dr Queenie Lo (ST6) UCL, London - Degenerating fibroids in pregnancy: when to intervene?


Winners of the Trainee Cases Competition 2016

Overall Winner: Dr Rebeca Harris, Liverpool Women's Hospital. Casepresentation: Computer says No O- O negative incompatibility in anemergency

Also presenting at the Cases Competition 2016 were:

Dr Rhidian Jones, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Casepresentation: Where's the baby? Anaesthetic management of an advancedadbdominal pregnancy

Dr Joanna Simpson, Queen's Hospital, Romford. Case presentation: Walkingthe tight-rope to prevent thromboembolism yet facilitate regionalanaesthesia.

Dr Elinor Wighton,Anaesthetics Leicester Royal Infirmary. Casepresentation: Noradrenaline use for spinal induced hypotension in apatient with severe pulmonary regurgitation undergoing cesarean section.


2015 Essay Prize Winners

Dr Matthew Roe, ST5 East of England Deanery
1st Prize, Senior Essay Competition (ST5-7) 

Dr Nancy Wang, CT2 East of England Deanery
1st Prize, Junior Essay Competition (CT1-ST4)


2014 Essay Prize Winners

Joanne Mullender, ST5 Severn Deanery
1st Prize
Sara Scott, CT2 Northern Deanery
2nd Prize

Alison White, ST6 Northern Ireland
3rd Prize


2013 Essay Prize Winners

Dr Lorna Sissons, ST4 Northern Deanery
1st Prize (CT1-ST3 Category)

Dr Fiona Pearson, ST3 Northwest Deanery

1st Prize (ST4-ST7 Category)


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