The International Balint Award 2021 – „Ascona Prize“
They should describe a student-patient relationship, an experience, or experiences, from the
student’s medical studies and include critical reflection on personal meetings with patients.
Prize monies of € 5,000 are available for the authors of the best three essays. Papers must
be in English.
The criteria by which the papers will be judged are as follows:
The paper should include a presentation of a truly personal experience of a student-patient
relationship. (Manuscripts of former medical theses or diplomas cannot be acceptePd.)
A description of how the student experienced this relationship, either individually or as part
of the medical team.
The student’s own perception of the demands to which s/he felt exposed and an illustration
of how s/he responded.
A discussion of both ways in which the student’s own approach might change in the future,
and also possible ways in which future medical training might enhance the state of
awareness for individual students.
Submissions of 5.000-12.000 words should be sent by email, as a Word attachment
They must be received before 31st December 2020. The awards will be presented at the
22 th International Balint Congress in Brussels / Belgium, September 2021.
The prize winners will be expected to give a short presentation of their essay (not more than
15 minutes) at the Congress and the full text of the papers will be published in the
Proceedings of the Congress and other Balint journals.
The Congress fee will be waived for prize-winners and they will be provided with free
accommodation. In addition, each prizewinner may claim reasonable travel expenses (the
cheapest available air fare) on the production of appropriate receipts.
Read more: stiftung-ps.de/home-en-gb/, www.balintinternational.com
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