See winners from 2019 medical book awards.
How to enter
We have had to suspend the 2020 awards because of the current COVID-19 health crisis. Applications to the 2021 awards will open in January 2021.
Applications submitted in 2020 will be eligible. Applicants may also submit new applications for resources published in 2020.
In line with our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, we will only be considering digital resources.
We will contact applicants so that they can update their applications.
Winners will be announced in September 2021.
If you have any questions about the awards, or wish to be informed when applications open, please contact Richard Jones on [email protected] for further information.
- The awards are open to all publishers of medical and health books except the BMA and BMJ Publishing Group.
- All titles must have been published in 2019, 2020 or until the end of March 2021.
- Subsequent editions of titles which have won special awards or category first prizes may not be entered again, although new editions of titles which have been commended or highly commended may be entered.
- All titles must be available in the United Kingdom.
- All titles must be in English.
- Titles must not contain a significant authorial or editorial contribution from a current member of BMA or BMJ staff.
- A separate entry form must be completed for each title, including details of its intended readership and educational aims.
- Entries may be entered into one category only. The organisers of the awards may reassign entries to more appropriate categories.
- Resources must be available online and three free accesses must be provided.
- Additional certificates may be purchased from the BMA.
- Texts on nursing or dentistry will not be accepted. Serials are likewise not eligible for entry although annual updates will be considered.
|Anaesthesia, critical care and emergency medicine||Anaesthesia; critical care medicine; emergency medicine|
|Basic and clinical sciences and research||Anatomy; biochemistry; genetics; microbiology; molecular biology; physiology; pharmacology; statistics; research practice|
|Good medical practice||Ethics; history of medicine; medical education; communication; writing skills; dictionaries; directories etc; medico-politics; medico-legal medicine; non-clinical books aimed at the general public; management|
|Hospital medicine||Cardiology; endocrinology; gastroenterology; haematology; dermatology; neurology; respiratory; rheumatology; nephrology; medical ophthalmology; radiology; palliative care; geriatrics; genito-urinary medicine|
|Obstetrics and gynaecology||Obstetrics and gynaecology; reproduction medicine; fetal medicine|
|Oncology||All aspects of oncology and haematological oncology|
|Paediatrics and child health||Paediatrics and child health|
|Pathology||Pathology and histopathology|
|Popular medicine||Clinical books aimed at the general public|
|Primary care||General practice; occupational health; community care; social medicine; general medicine; diagnosis; nutrition; rehabilitation; therapeutics|
|Psychiatry||Psychiatry; forensic medicine; substance misuse; mental health; counselling; psychology|
|Public health||Public health; communicable diseases; toxicology; health promotion; disease prevention; health services; epidemiology|
|Surgery and surgical specialties||General surgery; trauma and orthopaedics; plastic surgery; specialist surgical books; surgical ophthalmology; cardiothoracic; urology; vascular|
|2021 special category: COVID-19||COVID-19; health inequalities; research (including vaccines and public research)|
Apply to be a reviewer
BMA medical book awards (MBA) reviewers have a key role in advising on the quality and suitability of each application.
MBA reviewers must be current BMA members. If non-members are interested in this role, please get in touch with the awards team on [email protected]; please note that we will prioritise BMA members to act as reviewers.
Reviewers should have experience in one or more of these areas:
- medical and academic publishing
- education and training
- specialist interest in one or more areas of clinical practice
- medical research and knowledge of recent developments in clinical practice
- entries are allocated to reviewers based on their areas of expertise, professional background, and topics of interest.
The MBA reviewer role is voluntary and unremunerated although reasonable expenses are covered, and reviewers are permitted to retain e-copies of any entries they review.
If you would like to become a reviewer or have any further queries, please email the awards team on [email protected] by Friday 26 February.