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John Henahan Writing Prize


Entrants to the John Henahan Prize are invited to write a 900-word essay on the topic of, “How do I learn surgery?” The competition is open to ESCRS members who are aged 40 or under before January 1, 2015.

The essays will be judged by Thomas Kohnen, chairman ESCRS Publications Committee; Emanuel Rosen, chief medical editor EuroTimes; Jose Guell, former president ESCRS; Oliver Findl, chairman ESCRS Young Ophthalmologists Committee; Sean Henahan, editor EuroTimes; Paul McGinn, editor EuroTimes; and Robert Henahan, contributing editor EuroTimes.

The two main criteria for consideration by the judges are the clinical content of the story and the writing style, including punctuation and grammar, which should reflect the high standard of material published in EuroTimes.

The winner will receive a travel bursary worth €1,000 to attend the XXXIII Congress of the ESCRS in Barcelona, Spain and a special trophy which will be presented at the Video awards Session on Sunday 6 September.

The prize is named in honour of John Henahan, who edited EuroTimes from 1996 to 2001. “John’s work has inspired a generation of young doctors and journalists, many of whom continue to work for EuroTimes. The prize will not only bring satisfaction to the winner and credit to all the contributors but may enhance all their prospects of pursuing a medical writing aspect to their future careers. We look to their further contributions to EuroTimes and the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery,” said Dr Rosen.

Entry forms are available from Colin Kerr, executive editor, EuroTimes at:

Competition is now closed. The winner will be announced during the Video Awards Session on Sunday 6 September at 14.00.