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BMJ Awards South Asia 2017 - Categories

This year, BMJ Awards South Asia 2017 brings to you eleven categories. We present to you a diverse and egalitarian mix of categories spanning healthcare quality, medical education, technological innovation and research, and clinical excellence. We hope the winners and finalists of these categories will demonstrate true potential to influence change and improve health outcomes in South Asia.

Categories

  1. Any medical practitioner (MBBS/BDS and above) in any field can enter the Awards, given they fulfill the requirements outlined in the Rules & Regulations, Terms and Conditions and category eligibility criteria.

  2. Categories 7 and 9 are also open to non-MBBS healthcare professionals.

  3. Nominees/applicants can apply for or be nominated in more than one Award categories, subject to maximum of two categories and to fulfillment of rules and regulations mentioned herein.

  4. You may apply with the same project for up to TWO categories, but you need to justify why it fits within a specific category.

  5. Your project/work should have been active after 1 June 2015 and should have been based in South Asian region.

  6. Across the ten categories our jury members would be looking at:

    • relevance of the work to the south Asian region.

    • ability to influence practice of medicine

    • applicability to an unmet need

    • novelty and scalability

    • patient involvement

    • your future plans

This award recognizes a medical education program which has deployed a novel and innovative methodology in educating South Asian healthcare professionals. The program should have successfully improved performance and should be capable of adoption on a larger scale.

This award recognizes original research that has the potential to contribute significantly to improving health and healthcare. We would be looking for a research paper that demonstrates:

  • Potential to help doctors make better decisions about clinical practice, public health, research methodology, or health policy
  • Potential to improve health outcomes for patients and/or populations
  • An important addition to previous knowledge
  • Scientific robustness

Post Graduate training is the foundation for a career in Clinical research. Planning and publishing a thesis is a very important milestone in the career of a clinician-researcher. We aim to celebrate this very important activity that forms the backbone of clinical research in our region. The expert panel of judges will be looking for a thesis that most demonstrates:

  • Potential to help doctors make better decisions about clinical practice, public health, research methodology, or health policy.
  • Potential to improve health outcomes for patients and/or populations
  • An important addition to previous knowledge
  • Scientific robustness

Our panel of judges is looking for an innovative project from a South Asian surgical team that has measurably improved surgical care for either patients and their caregivers or has made an impact on a wider population. We welcome submissions from teams who submit projects with impact on uniquely regional health care problems. We would be looking at how you set up your team and how various team members were empowered.

South Asia suffers from a huge burden of non-communicable diseases. This award is for a South Asian team that has been active in last two year for making care for non-communicable diseases affordable and accessible. We seek to recognize a team of health care professionals who have succeeded in bringing a demonstrable impact to the delivery of care for non-communicable diseases in the region. We would also be looking at how you set up your team and how various team members were empowered.

South Asia​n region suffers not only from non-communicable diseases ​​but also has an immense burden of communicable diseases. This award celebrates a team in South Asia that has been active in last two years for making care for communicable diseases affordable and accessible. We seek to recognize a team of health care professionals who have been able to bring a demonstrable impact on the delivery of care for communicable diseases in the region. We would also be looking at how you set up your team and how various team members were empowered.

This award celebrates a team that has innovated to improve health outcomes for patients while still lowering costs. This innovation may use new processes or technology or use existing ones in novel ways. The innovation may include digital health tools, medical devices, diagnostic techniques, new care pathways, use of informatics to raise standards of care.

South Asia​n region lags behind the world in indices of maternal and child health (MCH). This award celebrates a team of health care professional in South Asia that has been active in last two years for making integrated Maternal & Child Health Services affordable and accessible. We would also be looking at innovations you have deployed or developed and how various team members were empowered to contribute towards the success.

Expanding healthcare access is a critical priority in the South Asian region. This award seeks to recognize teams who have made significant contributions to improving health care quality through a specific project. Our expert panel is seeking examples of scalable quality improvement activities that have led to measurable improvements in health outcomes.

Mental Health problems in South Asia is often considered a silent epidemic. This award celebrates a team of health care professional in South Asia that has been active in last two years for making integrated Mental Health Services affordable and accessible. We would also be looking at innovations you have deployed or developed and how various team members were empowered to contribute towards the success.