HYMS Travel Bursaries and Gateway Scholarship

Every year we provide a total of 5 bursaries of £750 to assist 5th year medical students in their travels on their summer elective projects. As part of the deal we invite them to come and tell us about their travels on their return.

HYMS Travel Bursaries

There are five annual scholarships of £750 each, awarded to medical students from the Hull York Medical School to assist with travel during their student elective.

These five bursary winners will be selected by the Medical Society and will be invited to give a presentation of their proposed electives.

These awards are open to year 5 students from the Hull and York Medical School, and applications need to be received by the start of March of the year that they are planning to travel.

Applications should be no longer than one side of A4 and should outline the reasons for choosing to visit a particular destination or institution. They should indicate the anticipated quality of the experience and the benefits the elective might bring both to the student and to the community they are planning to visit.

Successful applicants will be notified in April and will be expected to present an illustrated report of their elective period to York Medical Society the following January or February.



The Gateway Opportunities Scholarship

In 2021/2022 York Medical Society made a donation to the Gateway Opportunities Scholarship.

The Gateway Opportunities scholarship was set up to support HYMS’s aim in widening access to medicine and in recognition that some students will face financial barriers which may impact on their ability to pursue medical education.

6 scholarships are awarded totalling £6000 each to students on the Medicine with a Gateway Year Programme. The Scholarship is awarded at the start of the students programme, with an initial award of £1000. Each recipient then receives an additional £1000 on successful progression to the next year of study. The reason the scholarship is allocated in this way is in order to provide continual financial support throughout the students programme of study. The money is awarded as a cash amount rather than a discount on fees or accommodation, as each individual students circumstances may be different so they can choose to spend in a way which best suits their needs.

Students are invited to apply for the scholarship each year by submitting a written application outlining why they feel they should be considered and the difference they feel the scholarship would make.

The Medicine with a Gateway Year Programme and Gateway Opportunity Scholarships have proven very popular and have supported a number of young people so far. It would be great to be able to continue to support more in the future.

Previous Winners of the Travel Bursaries

From a very strong shortlist, the recipients of the awards in 2019 were as follows.

The York Medical Society and York Head and Neck Directorate winners:
Rebecca Lane – King Edward VII hospital, Stanley, Falkland Island.
James Moorby – Plastic surgery department, Royal Perth hospital, Western Australia.
Angus McMillan – Castle Hill hospital Hull and Kathmandu, Nepal

The Professor Steve Leveson Undergraduate scholarships:
Daniel Muirhead – Billy Riordan Memorial clinic, Malawi
Alison Stainsby – Born on the Edge, Mbale regional referral centre, Eastern Uganda.


In January 2020, we were treated to four superb presentations:

Rebecca Lane

Having got over the shock that the Falklands were not islands off Scotland but needed an 18-hour flight from RAF Brize Norton, Rebecca learned how to be resourceful, practical and adaptable.

Stepping back in time to a population who had little concept of
the evils of tobacco, smoking and a fruit and vegetable free diet; she also had to discover outdated pleasures, such as the use of a microscope to detect malarial parasites on a blood film.

James Moorby

James learnt about plastic surgery at the Royal Perth hospital, covering an area so large that Telehealth is vital. He was involved in many complex cases and discovered many more subdivisions of the skin cancers.

Differences to the UK included unused anaesthetic rooms (prepping happening in the main theatre as the previous op was being finished) and a sophistication in the public’s appreciation of what the state provides and what they have to fund themselves.

Angus Mcmillan

Angus, too, learned more about plastic surgery; briefly in Hull, but mostly in Kathmandu. He found the similarities greater than the differences; similarly complex surgery being offered despite great variation in the modernity of equipment and infection control.

In a worryingly prescient way, nursing care, including wound management were done by the families who also had to buy medicines and dressings (in Kathmandu not Hull).


Alison Stainsby

Alison witnessed third world perinatal care in Uganda, a chastening experience.

Eclampsia, cord prolapse, neonatal and maternal deaths were all relatively commonplace. An absence of any significant antenatal care led to unwelcome surprises in labour. No pain relief was offered apart from “verbalcaine”, but there was little noise and almost no postnatal hospital stay.

Midwifery training, neonatal care, team working, learning and accountability were all in their infancy. Consultants were notable by their absence, so juniors, including elective students had huge responsibility, learned how to cope with death and even got to deliver babies.