Somerville College is delighted to announce that our final year medic Josephine Carnegie has been awarded the Ledingham Prize for Best Performance in Medicine for the 2nd BM (clinical finals).

Josephine Carnegie

Josephine will now undertake a period of elective and specialty placements before starting work as a doctor alongside our other graduating medics this August. The Somerville final year medics as a cohort did extremely well, securing an impressive 3 merits out of 7. We congratulate all of this year’s medics on reaching the end of this incredibly rigorous and testing course of study and clinical practice.

Of her achievement, Josephine said, “It was a lovely surprise and a real honour to receive the Ledingham prize. When I first started out at Somerville, I felt so welcomed and instantly knew I had chosen the right college. However, I struggled as many students do with imposter syndrome, and it took time to adjust to the academic challenges of Oxford.

“But medicine at Somerville has been like a massive family, and that support played a huge part in me being able to grow, learn and succeed in my degree. I know the 18 year-old me who first arrived at Somerville back in 2018 certainly would not have been expecting to receive this prize, but she would be extremely proud of how hard I have worked to become a doctor over the past 6 years.”

Dr Helen Ashdown, our lead tutor in clinical medicine, added, “It has been a real pleasure to see Jo grow in confidence and ability over the last six years. Achieving the best-in-year results in Medicine, in an already very strong cohort, is testament to her hard work and talent. She is very able clinically in terms of her knowledge and skills, but also has a lovely communication manner, which will make her a wonderful doctor with both patients and colleagues. We are extremely proud of this massive achievement and wish her every success as she embarks on her career as a doctor in a few months’ time.”

Once again, huge congratulations to Josephine on this phenomenal achievement!

Medicine at Somerville has been like a massive family, and that support played a huge part in me being able to grow, learn and succeed in my degree

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