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UCL fields top two London medical students

3 July 2007

Two UCL students were recognised in June 2007 as this year's overall best graduating medical students in the University of London.

Gold Medallists

Chris Hai-Hu Chang (UCL Medical School 2007) won the University of London Gold Medal for Medicine. At UCL he also won second prize for performance in the final MB, second prize for highest number of distinctions, and joint second Final MBBS Prize in Pathogenesis & Prevention of Disease.

As Gold Medal runner-up, Thomas Joseph Cahill (UCL Medical School 2007) won the University of London Betuel Prize. At UCL he also won fourth prize for overall performance in final MB and first in the final MBBS Clinical Prize.

Professor Edward Byrne, Head of the UCL Medical School, said: "This fantastic result confirms the place of UCL as a world-class medical school with marvellous students. The school congratulates our winners."

The Gold Medal is decided by a special exam taken by the best of 1,300 final-year medical students in London. Each medical school nominates one candidate for every 75 of its students, based on the results of their final examinations.

The Gold Medal examination involves being interviewed by experts on pathology, medicine, surgery, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatrics. The criteria examined were knowledge, clinical context, therapeutic relevance and evidence-base, social and community context and relevance, recent advances, and judgement and reasoning.

Since its introduction in 1903, the Gold Medal has been won on almost half the years by candidates from UCL and its constituent medical schools.

To find out more about the UCL Medical School, use the link at the top of this article.

Image: Chris Hai-Hu Chang and Thomas Joseph Cahill