HCA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The HCA International Foundation, although sponsored by HCA International in London’ is an entirely independent charity whose objectives are to support education and training. More details about the Foundation can be seen at http://www.hcainternationalfoundation.co.uk I strongly recommend you visit the web site to have a broader understanding of the scope of the Awards.
The HCA Foundation has granted substantial funds to senior trainees and young consultants. In the last eight years we have given away £529,000 to 86 young doctors with an average award of over £6,000. Although the majority of these were for surgical specialties the Trustees of the HCA Foundation would be happy to sponsor suitable candidates in any field of medicine. In particular we have seen a surge of interest in interventional radiology and other service specialties.
I should stress that we do not support research applications but only for training in specific techniques or disease processes so that candidates can gain experience that may be lacking in their normal training programme or when they start in consultant practice. Awards have been made in diverse areas such as endoscopic mucosal resection for early GI cancer, foot and ankle surgery, paediatric and adult cochlear implantation, treatments of advanced head and neck cancer, brachial plexus surgery, techniques in the management of advanced colonic and rectal tumours, training in sub-segmental liver resection and skull base problems, paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, trauma surgery, transplantation surgery and paediatric vitreoretinal surgery.
This shows the breadth of our applicants and our successful candidates have had training attachments in the UK and around the world in prestigious units in Japan, Australia, America, Canada, Israel, South Africa and in many European centres. The value of these scholarships could be up to £20,000 per annum for something exceptional, although to date the appointees have received awards ranging from £1,500 to £15,000.
This is an opportunity to help young doctors to obtain further educational scholarships and we would be most grateful if your College or Association could promote this through your bulletins, websites or newsletters to your fellows and members.
email: info@hcainternational foundation.co.uk