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LiU Med student wins 2011 primary healthcare prize

Cecilia Gustafsson, a medical student at Linköping University, is this year’s winner of the primary health care prize (Stora Primärvårdspriset), an essay contest for future doctors with a first prize of SEK 30,000.

Pristagarna i tävlingen tillsammans med Arvid Carlsson.This year’s subject, “A Real Doctor”, attracted twice as many students as last year. The victory was even more honorable for Gustafsson, as along with the two other finalists she got to meet the honorary member of the jury: Professor Emeritus Arvid Carlsson, the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

“The winning entry describes the significance of listening, seeing, and letting yourself be affected in the meeting with the patient; the opportunity for a holistic view is an important aspect of primary care as health care becomes more and more specialised,” said Karin Rignér in a press release, who is chair of the jury and head doctor at Göteborg Primary Care.

“I think that there were so many contributions because many medical students have a great need to express their feelings in text. Medical training is an overwhelming experience and journey, and, at least for me, writing has acted as an outlet for my own feelings,” the prize winner says.

And Cecilia describes those moments of doubt, feelings of inadequacy, and vulnerability that surely not only young doctors experience in a distressed world.

“The contest made me reflect on my professional role as a doctor. What have I seen in health care, and what do I think about it? Who am I, and what do I want to be? When the text was published, I was nervous about what others would think, it was quite a personal text. Imagine if I were the only one who felt this way! I have, however, been treated really well by other medical students who read the text and who said they recognized themselves, and that I really put their own thoughts into words. That makes me happy!”

Picture: Cecilia Gustafsson (far right) with the other finalists, Linda Sandin and Nils Liljeberg, and the Nobel Prize winner Arvid Carlsson

Text: Gunilla Pravitz
Photo: Primärvården Göteborg


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Last updated: 2012-12-10