RACP Trainee Research Awards

Applications closed 31 August 2021.

All Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand trainees are invited to submit abstracts on adult medicine or paediatric medicine topics for oral presentation at the RACP Trainee Research Awards.

The best presenters selected at Australian regional and Aotearoa NZ events are invited to present as part of the RACP Congress Program in the following year.


You must be an active RACP trainee* in any of the College Divisions, Faculties or Chapters.

In your application, select the category that best aligns with your topic. For example, you're an Adult Medicine trainee but your topic best aligns with paediatric medicine, then you should apply for the Paediatric Medicine category.

New Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training can also apply, provided they were admitted no more than 2 years prior to submitting the application.

Overseas Trained Physicians undertaking RACP training are ineligible to apply.

* We acknowledge that when RACP Congress is held in the following year, an Award nominee may have become a Fellow.


Trainees selected at each Australian regional and Aotearoa NZ event receive the opportunity to present alongside recognised researchers at the RACP Congress.

Selected trainees also receive:

  • complimentary RACP Congress registration
  • return economy airfares to RACP Congress from the closest capital city in the region they're representing
  • accommodation
  • official acknowledgement and a certificate

Award recipients will be invited to publish their abstracts in the Internal Medicine Journal or Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health RACP Congress supplement.

Selection criteria (regional events)

  1. You must have contributed strongly to the concept and execution of your abstract and presentation, with preference given to primary authors.

  2. Presentations are assessed on:
    1. content — originality, significance and importance
    2. presentation — clarity of verbal communication, use of visual aids
    3. how well they contribute to the discussion

  3. Works or projects included in the submission that are unpublished or have been published within 12 months before submission will be considered.

Presenting advice

Presenting is an intimidating but invaluable aspect of research. For trainees presenting their work or considering submitting their work in the future, previous adjudicators have provided their reflections that may assist you in communicating your research findings effectively.

Bolster your conclusion

While every clinical study needs a primary outcome, it's valuable to see an attempt at looking at this in another way. It can be tempting to associate cause and effect but also easy for consumers of research to discount associations as meaningless. However, appropriate use of statistical methods like a multivariate logistic regression can strengthen audience confidence in the presented conclusion.

Understand your stats

Much clinical research nowadays is conducted with a statistician as part of the team. As statistical methods increase in complexity, it can be difficult for trainees without formal statistics training to convey the statistical methods of their presented research. As the presenter of the work, it's essential that you at least understands why the employed statistical methods were selected over others and attempt to present the statistical analysis in a conventional manner rather than having to fall back on describing consultation with a statistician.

Describe the relevance

The purpose of clinical research is to improve the quality of medical care in terms of effectiveness, access or cost. Understanding the ‘point’ of a research project is what audiences are trying to do in any research presentation. Making this easy for them improves the quality of a presentation. If clinical research has resulted in a change in practice or has made a difference in lives of people, it should be described in the abstract.

Basic science research may not have a clear link back to patient benefit, which makes it even more important to describe its relevance. This can take the form of suggesting the type of clinical research that should now be undertaken as a result of the benchtop work or what benefits patients may expect from continued work along the line of inquiry.

Explain your role

Research in the 21st century is a team sport and most clinician-researchers generally fall on the modest side of the personality spectrum. When presenting an abstract, particularly in a forum such as the Trainee Research Awards, describing your role personalises the work and makes it much easier for your audience to engage with you and your work.

Selection process

  1. The selection panel assesses all abstracts to ensure they meet the required standard to fulfill the selection criteria.

  2. Selected applicants will be invited to give an oral presentation of their abstract at their regional event.

  3. Each presenter is allocated 10 minutes maximum for their presentation and 2 minutes for questions and answers.

  4. A judging panel can select up to 2 trainees in each region to present — 1 trainee per category (adult medicine or paediatrics and child health).

  5. The judging panel reserve the right not to select a representative from their region if all submissions presented don't meet an acceptable high standard.

If you have any enquiries about award eligibility and application requirements, contact RACP Foundation.

For enquiries about regional presentations, contact your local RACP office.

Related content

Abstract guidelines
Past recipients
Terms and conditions

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