Medical book awards

The BMA medical book awards takes place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 21 March 2022
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2022 awards applications now closed

Applications to the 2022 awards are now closed.

2022 award categories

Anaesthesia, critical care and emergency medicine

Topics included: anaesthesia; critical care medicine; emergency medicine.

Basic and clinical sciences and research

Topics included: anatomy; biochemistry; genetics; microbiology; molecular biology; physiology; pharmacology; statistics; research practice.

General medicine

Topics included: palliative care; geriatrics; radiology; GUM (genito-urinary medicine); medical ophthalmology; nephrology.

Good medical practice

Topics included: 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 specialties

Topics included: cardiology; endocrinology; gastroenterology; haematology; dermatology; neurology; respiratory; rheumatology.

Obstetrics and gynaecology

Topics included: obstetrics and gynaecology; reproduction medicine; fetal medicine


Topics included: all aspects of oncology and haematological oncology.

Paediatrics and child health

Topics included: paediatrics and child health.


Topics included: pathology and histopathology.

Popular medicine

Topics included: clinical books aimed at the general public.

Primary care

Topics included: general practice; occupational health; community care; social medicine; general medicine; diagnosis; nutrition; rehabilitation; therapeutics.


Topics included: psychiatry; forensic medicine; substance misuse; mental health; counselling; psychology.

Public health

Topics included: public health; communicable diseases; toxicology; health promotion; disease prevention; health services; epidemiology.

Surgery and surgical specialties

Topics included: general surgery; trauma and orthopaedics; plastic surgery; specialist surgical books; surgical ophthalmology; cardiothoracic; urology; vascular.

2022 special category: COVID-19

Topics included: advances and innovations in relation to COVID-19; public health and infectious diseases; health inequalities; research (incl. vaccines and public research); digital health.

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.

BMA members will be prioritised to act as MBA reviewers. If non-members are interested in this role, please get in touch with the awards team on [email protected].

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 role is voluntary and unremunerated. We will cover reasonable expenses.


Get in touch

If you have any questions about the awards, wish to know when applications open or how to become a reviewer, please email [email protected].