Paper or poster submissions are invited from all delegates attending the meeting. However, to be eligible for the prizes on offer as outlined below, you must be an NZSA member. There are three prestigious New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists prizes offered, please review the prize criteria and ensure you indicate on the online form during the abstract submission process whether you wish your paper to be considered for these prizes.
Read the following information carefully, before proceeding to the online submission pages.
The John Ritchie Prize was established in 1983 by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) and is open to NZSA members only.
The Ritchie Prize is sponsored by the NZSA and is awarded for the best presentation in the Ritchie Prize Session at the ASM that meets the required standard.
Selection of Papers: Selection for the session is made by the Scientific Convenor of the ASM in consultation with the NZSA Education Officer. To be accepted for the session the abstract and the work described in it must be of a suitably high standard. Papers should not be accepted simply to fill spaces in the Ritchie Prize Session. Any questions regarding eligibility shall be referred to the NZSA Education Officer.
Declaration: Entrants must declare compliance with the following conditions:
The Ritchie Prize Session: This is a named plenary session at the ASM. If there are insufficient entrants the balance of the session should be made up with other submitted free papers. The format of presentations is a 10 minute oral presentation with 5 minutes for questions, and will include candidates for both the Ritchie and NZSA Trainee Prize. The winner of the John Ritchie Prize will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic.
Guidelines for the John Ritchie Prize:
Judging: The judging panel of three is selected and led by the NZSA Education Officer.
The Prize: The current value of the John Ritchie Prize is $2500. The winner will also receive a suitable certificate. The work of the winner may also be submitted to the AIC Journal (Anaesthesia and Intensive Care) for publication. The winner of the Ritchie Prize will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic. The John Ritchie Prize Research Award Value $5000.
This will be offered to the winner of the Ritchie Prize who will be asked to submit a proposal to the NZSA Executive (no more than one A4 sheet) within three months of receiving the award.
The award is to be for a specific project or part of a project and supported by a budget.
The proposal will be considered by a subcommittee convened by the NZSA Education Officer who will make a recommendation to the NZSA Executive Committee. A condition of the award is that a report on the project be submitted within 12 months of receiving the award and that work arising from the award should be presented at a meeting in New Zealand.
The NZSA Trainee Prize of $1000 will be awarded to the Trainee judged to have presented the best paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.
The NZSA Poster Prize of $500 will be awarded to the person judged to have produced the best poster at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held, and who was not selected to present at the Ritchie Prize Session. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.
Posters will be presented at a separate session during the ASM. The format of presentations is a 5 minute presentation with 2 minutes for questions.
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