The central role of the medical student thesis is to educate students in the application of rigorous methodologies and creative self-discipline to asking and answering a specific question of relevance to any field of medicine. As such, all students are expected to produce an excellent piece of scholarly work. It is recognized that some theses may be truly exceptional and warrant consideration for a prize at graduation. This recognition is based upon mentor nomination and outstanding performance on the competency-based thesis assessment. Thesis prizes will announced at YSM graduation in May 2023.