Keele medical student wins prestigious scholarship for leadership programme

A student from Keele University School of Medicine has received a place on a programme designed to shape the healthcare leaders of the future.

Jacob Oguntimehin, a fourth-year Keele University medical student, has been awarded a scholarship place amongst the talented cohort of 2019–2020 scholars at the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA), a prestigious organisation that works with healthcare students and those just starting out in their careers.

Jacob and his colleagues have now begun their intensive year-long scholarship, designed to mould them into future leaders in the healthcare sector.

Jacob said: “The application process was as intense and competitive as I had initially imagined. The process involved writing a personal statement, creating a campaign video, and an interview with the director of the academy.

“It was difficult to balance this along with my studying for finals, but I believe I remained motivated due to my passion for leadership and management; a passion that was fuelled by the several leadership opportunities that were made available at Keele University.

“I am thankful to Keele’s School of Medicine, which has played a pivotal role in igniting this passion through the curriculum and encourages us to think as leaders.

“I am thankful to the KeeleSU who supported me and my colleagues in establishing Keele University's very own Leadership and Management society, and I’m thankful to the Healthcare Leadership Academy for believing in my leadership potential and recruiting me to their incredible team.”

Dr Johann Malawana, Director of the HLA, added: “After a rigorous and competitive application process, we are delighted to welcome our new cohort of 2019–2020 scholars.

“At a time of great global challenge in healthcare, it is important that the next generation of healthcare leaders are motivated, inspired, and prepared in order to best look after the populations they serve.”

Note: Picture shows Jacob speaking at a school in North London for a widening access event that he organised. He currently directs a community interest company called The Aspiring Medic's Support (TAMS), which works with students in London from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with their medical school application. They have worked with nearly 100 students in two years.