Prizes and Assessment

There are a number of prizes, which are awarded based on performance in-course assessment and the final examination. The selected top 10% candidates will be invited to sit an additional MCQ examination and prizes will be awarded based on overall appraisal of the candidate’s performance.


Annandale Gold Medal prize in Surgery

A medal and sum of £650 awarded to the MBChB graduate who is most distinguished in surgery in the in-course assessment and end-of-year examination.

Keith Memorial Prize in Surgery

£350 awarded to the MBChB graduate who is runner up in surgery in the in-course assessment and end-of-year examination.

Beaney Prize in Anatomy and Surgery

Awarded annually to the sum of £200 to a candidate of sufficient merit who achieves the best overall results in anatomy and surgery.

Pattison Prize in Clinical Surgery

Awarded annually to the value of £250 for the best report and commentary on clinical cases encountered on the general surgical wards of hospitals in which the student was attached during the module. It is suggested that the candidate focuses on 2-3 cases, which highlight issues relevant to the vertical themes. This should be submitted to the 5th year coordinator before the end of their 8-week block. An upper limit of ten A4 pages [minimum size 10 Arial font] (including any diagrams) has been set. Failure to adhere to these specifications or missed submission deadline will mean that the piece will not be considered.


As in other modules, there is a potential to award a zero mark for the module if attendance is judged inadequate; broadly this is defined as attending >90% of each attachment. This will not only generate an interview with the module organiser and a report to the Director of Studies, but will make you ineligible to sit the MCQ examination in week 8. This process may lead to refusal of permission to sit tests, including the end-of-year “Assessment for Practice”, and/or referral to the Fitness to Practise Committee.

General Surgery

There will be two components contributing to the continuous assessment mark for General Surgery:

  • Structured Clinical Evaluation Exercises (SCEE) - (60%) This will be an assessment of the student’s clinical skills. Each student will be objectively assessed during their clinical attachment in their ability to take a history, perform a clinical examination and present/discuss the cases. Feedback will be provided to each student.
  • Personal and Professional Development (PPD) - (40%) This awarded mark will take into account student performance during the whole 4-week block and will reflect attitude, attendance, enthusiasm and overall contribution to the unit.

The MCQ Examination will contain material relevant to all 4 elements in the module, and will contribute 40 marks to the module total. In order to be eligible to sit this exam, you must be deemed to have had satisfactory attendance for the entire module; broadly this is defined as attending >90% of each attachment. Failure to achieve satisfactory attendance will mean that you will not be eligible to sit the exam or pass the module. Elements of assessment in General Surgery, Accident and Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine may also occur in the end-of-year examination - the portfolio viva, the Clinical Practice examination, and the Safety in Practice & Prescribing examination.

Academic Feedback and Evaluation

All students will receive personal feedback from their tutors at the end of each attachment as part of the assessment process. A session will also be held at the end of the module to allow the students to feedback on the module in order to help in its evaluation and development.