The Sheppard Memorial Prize

RCGP ROI Faculty Sheppard Memorial Essay Prize Competition 2022

RCGP ROI Faculty Sheppard Memorial Essay Prizes Competition – a 1,500 word essay on a subject pertinent to general practice

Opening date:  Monday 29 August 2022

Closing date: Friday 4 November 2022

This competition commemorates Dr Jack Sheppard, who was a well-known General Practitioner in Dublin, elected Provost and founder member of the RCGP East of Ireland Faculty. He was a great beneficiary to the RCGP in Ireland. The Sheppard Memorial Prizes are awarded annually by the RCGP ROI Faculty


Details of essay

  • The essay must be minimum 1,500 words and maximum 3,000 words in length and should be on a subject pertinent to general practice in Ireland. It should include relevant literature but particular credit will be given for original thought and relevance to general practice
  • The competition is open to all undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors who are within 5 years of completion of general practice training
  • Essays can be either
    1. Science based content (focused literature review, audit or original research)
    2. Traditional essay content (reflective/narrative style)
  • Marks are awarded for overall presentation, structure, research, conclusions and relevance to general practice
  • Essays are to be submitted in MS Word format to


Prize Details

  • The value of the postgraduate prize is €750
  • The value of the undergraduate prize is €500
  • Winning essays are published on the RCGP website


The prize winners should be prepared to present their essays at the RCGP Republic of Ireland Faculty Winter Meeting in Dublin on 3 December 2022.

The Sheppard Memorial Prize 2017

The Sheppard Memorial Prize is now open for applications. Closing date 5pm, Friday 29th September 2017

Sheppard Prize 2017


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