Eric Susman Prize

Nominations closed Monday 31 August 2020.

The Eric Susman Prize is a prestigious award presented by the College for best contribution to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine (adult medicine and paediatrics).

Learn about Dr Eric Susman who the prize honours.

Professor Merlin ThomasProfessor Merlin Thomas | 2019 Eric Susman Prize recipient

Professor Merlin Thomas is a clinician scientist and program leader in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University. Merlin is widely recognized as a researcher, educator and medical storyteller with over 300 publications to his name, as well as best selling books, 'The Longevity List' and 'Fast Living, Slow Ageing'. His research program is focused on understanding the mechanisms of diabetic complications and developing new opportunities for their prevention and treatment.

See past Eric Susman Prize recipients.


Nominees must be:

  • a Fellow of the RACP, its Divisions, Faculties or Chapters
  • nominated by a Fellow or trainee of the RACP

Nominees cannot submit a nomination on their own behalf.


The Eric Susman Prize recipient receives:

  • the Eric Susman Medal, presented at the College Ceremony at RACP Congress 2021 in Brisbane
  • $5000
  • return economy airfares and up to 3 nights' accommodation to attend the College Ceremony
  • an invitation to present their research as part of the RACP Congress 2021 program

Selection criteria

The Eric Susman Prize recipient will have demonstrated an outstanding and lasting contribution to the field of internal medicine in the areas of research, teaching and/or clinical medicine.

Your nomination must:

  1. identify 2 key pieces of the published work by the nominee during the 5-year period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019 that:
    1. highlight the nominee’s contribution to research and the impact the research has had
    2. the nominee is the major contributor
    Note: 'Published work' is generally defined as being available to the profession by means of either books or articles published in recognised scientific journals.

  2. demonstrate the nominee's sustained ongoing links with Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand

  3. give an appreciation and evaluation of the contribution of the nominee over the relevant period, including:
    1. details of the contribution made by the person nominated in the field of internal medicine (research, teaching or clinical medicine)
    2. the originality of the research and the standing of the nominee in his or her branch of medicine
    3. an assessment of the contribution of the nominee in relation to others in the field
  4. provide information around the translation into clinical practice and impact

  5. indicate the best articles in support of the nominee

Selection process

The Grants Advisory Committee takes into consideration whether:

  • the work has a strong and direct bearing on clinical medicine and contains a component of patient care
  • the nominee is an ordinary Fellow rather than a someone admitted to Fellowship by a special provision

The Grants Advisory Committee reserves the right not to award the Eric Susman Prize if nominations received don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

For more information about the Eric Susman Prize, contact the RACP Foundation.

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