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International Balint Award 2007

International Balint Award 2007 for Medical Students Ascona Model (WHO)

For the 31th year the Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine invites medical students to apply for the International Balint Award 2007. Prize monies of SFR 5.000 are available for the authors of the best essays.

Papers in English, French, Italian and German will be accepted.

They should describe a student-patient-relationship ñan experience, or experiences from the studentís medical studies and include critical reflection. They should be approximately 15 pages in length.

The criteria by which the reports will be judged are as follows:
1. Exposition
The presentation of a truly personal experience of a student-patient relationship.
( Manuscripts of a former medical thesis or diploma cannot be accepted)
2. Reflection:
A description of how a student actually experienced such a relationship, either individually
or as part of a medical team. This could reflect multiple relations between students and the
staff of various specialities, and working routine within different institutions.
3. Action
The student`s perception of the demands he (or she) felt exposed to, and an illustration of
how he then actually responded.
4. Progression
A discussion of possible ways in which future medical training might enhance the state of
awareness for individual students, a procedure which tends to be neglected at present.

Submissions of 15 pages should be sent by e-mail, as a Word attachment to:
Gesch‰ftsstelle der Stiftung Ascona (e-mail: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. )
Gesch‰ftsstelle der Deutschen Balintgesellschaft
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They should be received before 31st of December 2006
You will find more information on the International. website:

The presentation of the awards will take place at the 15th International Balint Congress in Lisbon/Portugal in September 2007.

The prize-winners are asked to present their papers at the Congress. They will receive financial support for their travel and subsistence.

The papers will be published in the appropriate language Balint Journal and may also be published in the German Balint Journal.

Prof. Dr. E.R. Petzold

Stiftung Psychosomatik und Sozialmedizin
Fondazione Medicina Psicosomatica e Sociale
CH-6612 Ascona

Prize winners 2005
1st prize: Victoria Rainsley (UK)
2nd prize: Elsa Gubert (UK)
3rd prize: Marija Simat (Croatia)
4th prizes: Wie How Lim (Australia), Judit Lazary (Hungary) , Judith Weinknecht (Austria)

Prize winners 2004
1st prize: Caroline Hulsker und Axel Telzerow
2nd prize: Eva Varga und Maria Sonnevend
3rd prize: Gabor Csato und Eugen Alexandru Vutescu
Special prize: Barbara Seeliger