Wellbeing of Women Medical Bursary Elective Scheme
Give a young Clinician a chance to study abroad...
About the Wellbeing of Women Medical Bursary Elective Scheme
Wellbeing of Women awards grants of £1000 to final year medical and midwifery students planning an elective in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Neonatology or Midwifery. We usually manage to fund twenty grants each year but each extra £1000 means another young doctor or midwife can be supported. We receive about five times the applications we can fund.
Applications are assessed by members of the Joint Wellbeing of Women/Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Research Advisory Committee and selected on the basis of value for money, scientific excellence, and the student’s track record to date. All successful applicants produce a written report detailing their elective for our donors.
We are the partner charity of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and expert members of the College form our Research Advisory Committee. The Committee has responsibility for selecting our Project Grants, Research Training Fellowships, and Medical Elective Bursaries. Every year, we receive many more applications for each of these schemes than we can fund. This means we have to reject some very promising people and projects.
Medical Elective Bursaries are particularly important to Wellbeing of Women and the RCOG as they offer final year medical students the opportunity to practice obstetrics and gynaecology overseas. This experience often leads them to select a career in obstetrics and gynaecology on their return to the UK, so this scheme goes some way towards addressing the shortage of medical students entering the specialty.
However, our scheme offers much more than this. It not only provides an invaluable educational experience for our bursary awardees, but also assists the local hospitals and rural clinics where they practice. These are often in developing countries, where resources are scarce and an extra pair of ‘hands on deck’ can make a huge difference .
You can give a gift that makes a difference by donating £1000 to “name" a Bursary after the person of your choice. You will receive a unique commemorative certificate and a short report from the lucky student later in 2010/2011.
Contact Liz on 020 7772 6400 if you would like to discuss funding a bursary.