Founded in 1969, the Balint Society is a collaborative medical organisation made up of clinicians and teachers with the aim of emphasising the emotional element of their work.
Each year, there is a Balint Society Essay Competition Prize that selects only two winners for their excellent writing submissions. This year, final year student studying Medicine MBBS, Vikram Kohli, received news of winning the prize.
His essay was titled ‘A reflective account: understanding the psychological challenges of medical practice’ and was focused on an encounter he had during a home visit with a general practitioner that was particularly challenging. The essay explored the difficulties during and after the interaction, the discussion that it sparked within the Balint group, what he learned about himself and what he will take forward after this experience. The essay was just under 3,000 words and was submitted at the end of April; here is a sentence taken from the submission: