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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.

  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, 9, and 10 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 2014 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 that shows outstanding innovation in educating South Asian healthcare professionals and improving performance and has a commitment to evaluation and can be adopted on a larger scale.

This award recognizes original research that has the potential to contribute significantly to improving health and healthcare. The expert panel of judges will be looking for a research paper 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

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 physician. 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

Our panel of judges is looking for an innovative project or initiative from a South Asian based surgical team that has measurably improved surgical care in some way for either patients, their carers or that has made an impact on a wider population basis. We welcome submissions from teams who submit projects with impact on uniquely regional healthcare problems.

South Asia suffers from a huge burden of non-communicable diseases. This award celebrates the team in South Asia 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 brought demonstrable impact to the delivery of care for non-communicable diseases in the region.

South Asia​n region is unique as it suffers not only from non-communicable diseases ​​but also communicable diseases. This award celebrates the 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 brought demonstrable impact to the delivery of care for communicable diseases in the region.

This award celebrates teams or programs of excellence that have delivered innovation to improve the experience and outcomes of patients. This innovation may use new processes or technology or use existing ones in novel ways. The innovation may include new medical devices, diagnostic techniques, new care pathways, the use of informatics or imaging or collaborations that raise standards of care.

Expanding healthcare access is a critical priority in the region. There have been numerous efforts to address basic healthcare issues and much progress can be reported. Yet the gap between the aspiration of providing quality healthcare in an equitable, accessible and affordable manner and the ground reality remains.
This award seeks to recognize enduring contributions to improving the cause of quality in healthcare by felicitating the achievements of individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to improving health care quality, through a specific initiative or project. Our expert panel of judges are seeking examples of excellent quality improvement activities that have led to measurable improvements and their resulting interventions that have led to positive outcomes.