Medical Practice bursaries for Keele University School of Medicine students


Posted on 20 November 2012
We are extremely lucky to have a local General Practice with such a keen interest in the students at Keele Medical School.

A Stoke-on-Trent Medical Practice has decided to provide a bursary for two Keele University School of Medicine students, every year for the next five years, who are intercalating a masters degree in either medical education, clinical general practice or primary care sciences.

These degrees are an invaluable opportunity for medical students to take a year out of their medical course and earn a masters degree. This gives them a spring-board to launch an academic career. Few medical schools offer masters degrees and it is one way in which we can help our brightest and best students to differentiate themselves from students of other schools. Unfortunately, funding these degrees has become increasingly difficult and has become a barrier for some.

The bursaries from Dr Prasad Rao and the  Belgrave Medical Practice will enable 10 students over the next five years to take this opportunity. The first beneficiaries are Ashley Hawarden and Megan Bevis. They received their bursary cheque from Dr Rao and the Practice this week. 

Ashley and Megan said: "We would like to express our utmost thanks to Dr Rao and the Belgrave Medical Practice for their generous support towards our Masters’ degrees this year. We are extremely lucky to have a local General Practice with such a keen interest in the students at Keele Medical School. It is important to remember that not only have they provided a substantial bursary to us, they play an integral part in training of future doctors."

Dr Rao has been awarded a BMA Fellowship for his ‘constant drive to do his best for his patients, the community and fellow professionals’, something which is exemplified by Dr Rao’s and the practice's generosity in giving these bursaries.