Essay Prize for Prospective Medicine Applicants

This Essay Prize is for Year 12 students interested in studying Medicine at Cambridge and other Universities. There is a maximum of three applications per school being considered so please therefore discuss your application with your school prior to entry. The deadline for entry is 1 August, 2014. Please email your entry to and include your own name, that of your school, and of any teacher that has offered you help and guidance.

Please choose one of the quotes below as a title for your essay. Essays should be no
longer than 2,000 words. The author of the winning essay will receive £100 and, along with those whose essays have been highly commended, will be invited to the College for a prize-giving ceremony, with the opportunity of meeting the Director of Studies for Medicine at Robinson.
Paracelsus: All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.
Leo Tolstoy: Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.
Dara O’Briain: "Oh, herbal medicine's been around for thousands of years!" Indeed it has, and then we tested it all, and the stuff that worked became 'medicine'. And the rest of it is just a nice bowl of soup and some potpourri, so knock yourselves out.