Catz medic wins prestigious prizes

Nisha Hare, final-year Medical Sciences student at Catz, has been awarded a number of prizes for her outstanding academic achievement.

The most significant of these is the Meakins McClaran Medal, which is awarded to the Oxford medical student at the end of their studies who achieves the best overall performance over the three clinical years of the medicine course. The winner is presented with a medal, as well as a cash prize.

Alongside this, Nisha has also been awarded the Mortensen Prize in Surgery and the Ledingham Prize in Medicine – for outstanding performance in the General Clinical Studies Examination in these fields. It is unusual for one student to win both of these prizes together.

Nisha commented: ‘I am so honoured to have received these prizes – having this recognition for all the hard work over the past six years feels amazing! It wouldn’t have been possible without my wonderful tutors at St Catz and I’m so grateful for their support and guidance.’

Professor Ashok Handa, Catz Fellow and Associate Professor of Surgery, said: ‘We are very proud of Nisha for achieving these prizes. She has been an exceptional student and all the awards, given throughout her studies, are richly deserved. She has been part of a cohort of extraordinary students who have worked well as a team. Her peers are also delighted with her astounding success.

‘I wish Nisha well in what will be a stellar career in medicine; she will make a remarkable doctor! Congratulations!’

These awards, from the University’s Medical Sciences Division, come on top of two prizes presented to Nisha last year: the Sir John Stallworthy Prize in Women’s and Reproductive Health, and the Sir Roger Bannister Prize in Neurology. The wide range of areas covered by these awards demonstrates Nisha’s skill in all areas of medicine.