JUN 22, 2017
The University of Edinburgh will award 6 scholarships in their Master of Surgery (ChM) in Clinical Ophthalmology program, thanks to a generous donation from the David E. I. Pyott Foundation.
Aimed primarily at future leaders in ophthalmology who are learning to serve at secondary and tertiary hospital eye services, the online master's program provides students with subspecialty training and mentoring in research methodology, guiding their clinical research pursuits to benefit local and national communities.
The part-time, 2-year program is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and was developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Further course information is available online, along with an introductory video by Professor Baljean Dhillon, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh
Doctors from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Central and South America who are accepted for admission to the online ChM program are eligible for the scholarship award, which will cover all tuition fees as well as internet access and a laptop. Applications close on July 28, 2017.
Mr. Pyott, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Allergan, made the £250,000 donation to his Scottish alma mater through his foundation. His other philanthropic efforts include a $2 million endowment to establish the David E.I. Pyott Glaucoma Education Center on the Academy's Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE) Network in 2016. That donation marked the largest gift ever contributed to the Academy’s Foundation from a single individual.
“This is my way of giving back. I am delighted to continue a long and rewarding heritage of helping the physicians all over the world speed improvements in patient outcomes,” Pyott said in a press release when the endowment to the Academy was announced.