Medical Undergraduate Prize & S R Johnson Medal

Background

This prize has been set up in the memory of S.R. Johnson, a detective who sadly died at 48 years of age, of natural causes, during a long and distinguished police career which included covert work.

Aim of prize

The aim of the prize is to encourage medical undergraduates to gain exposure to forensic/legal medicine, consider careers in this field and to begin to develop scientific skills such as research/audit project delivery, literature review as well as concise academic writing for academic paper submission and the presentation of work at scientific conferences.

Prize/Medal

The winner will receive a £200 prize and be invited to present the paper at the annual meeting of the FFLM. The successful applicant will also be awarded the S.R. Johnson medal for medico-legal investigation.

The winning application (and any other suitably strong applications) would be encouraged to submit their paper to the journal for peer review assessment with a view to possible publication.

Applications

Applications are now invited annually from current UK and Irish medical students for this prize. The closing date is Sunday 31 December 2024. Applications will be assessed by the President of the FFLM, the Academic Dean and Dr Paul Johnson, who endowed the prize.

Applicants should submit the written-up results of a small research or audit project, or an unusual/illustrative case report with full literature review.  The subject matter should be from the broad field of forensic and legal medicine (including forensic medicine, pathology, odontology and psychiatry) and preferably have relevance to the investigation of serious crime or potentially suspicious deaths.  The application should be in the form as a “ready to submit” scientific paper to the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine which should adhere to the Journal’s guidelines for submission, which can be found online.

For further information and for submission of applications please contact Tessa Lewis at Tessa.Lewis@fflm.ac.uk.