Nominations invited for The Cullen Award

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The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is inviting nominations for The Cullen Award.

Awarded in partnership with NHS Tayside, The Cullen Award is a regional prize which recognises excellence and innovation in a doctor or multidisciplinary team led by a doctor.  It is awarded for excellence and/or exceptional levels of local teaching or service delivery.

Nominations, including self nomination, should include, but need not be restricted to, a description of the background, challenges, what has been done, the outcomes and any future plans.

These should be submitted on no more than 2 sides of A4 (or digital equivalent) to jakkiroger@nhs.net by 29 October with shortlisted candidates required to give a brief presentation at the Grand Rounds on 24 January.

The award, which will include a reproduction of a relevant letter from the William Cullen Collection, is being provided by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in collaboration with NHS Tayside.

For further information please contact Sam Majumdar (s.majumdar@nhs.net) or Kathleen White (kathleen.white@nhs.net).

Further details of the William Cullen Project can be found at www.cullenproject.ac.uk

The Cullen Award

William Cullen began his career as a medical lecturer and pioneer teacher of Chemistry at Glasgow University. He rose to international fame as the leading figure in Edinburgh University medical school and served as president of the RCPE.

He was appointed the King’s Physician in Scotland and became the most influential medical lecturer of his generation. Alongside his close associates David Hume and Adam Smith, Cullen played an important role in the Scottish Enlightenment.

Cullen’s private consultations survive as a remarkable archive of several thousand letters. These include requests for advice from patients or close family members and referrals from attendant physicians and surgeons.

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