The Allen-Carey Scholarship in Women’s Health

Dr. Hugh Allen and Dr. Lewis Carey

The Allen-Carey Scholarship in Women’s Health, established in 1998, honours Dr. Hugh Allen (left) and the late Dr. Lewis Carey (right)—two notable philanthropists and former LHSC physicians. The award supports unique physician training opportunities for specialized education in women's health.

Priority will be given to unique training opportunities such as an additional year of training associated with or following a fellowship program. Training experiences that immerse the applicant in a new and unique academic environment are encouraged as trainees benefit from the interactions and culture of special training environments.

In general, the award is not intended to fund fellowship training, correspondence/distance training, preceptor experiences, or additional clinical training that could be offered as part of a residency/fellowship training program. In certain circumstances, Master’s degrees may be funded, however the award is intended to support specialized training that builds on more formal/traditional types of education in order to establish future career directions and programs that have the potential to impact care at a local/regional level.  

Training Opportunities

The scholarship will support unique training opportunities for one year in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology or other women’s health specialties. The training categories include:

1. Specialized clinical training
2. Research training 
3. Leadership training
4. Education training

To provide context to the proposed training experiences, funding may be provided for a Master’s or other specialty degree.  It is important to point out that the award is not primarily intended to fund more traditional types of training or formal education. For all training experiences, applicants should provide a clear project plan associated and provide supporting evidence that their chosen program will lead to ongoing mentorship, program/institutional support, research funding and leadership development. With the benefit of the proposed training experience the applicant should provide examples (or outline) of how this will facilitate their career development and the intended impact of improvements patient care and/or promoting excellence in women’s health. Evidence of institutional/departmental support by way of future funding and/or protected time to translate the new knowledge into enhanced patient care is very helpful. 

Other women’s health training opportunities may be considered if the candidate and training program are outstanding and fit with the objectives of the award. Applicants who have not trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology may be considered. In such circumstances it will be helpful to demonstrate the impact on how the requested training program will positively impact the provision of women’s health care.

Application Dates

Applications will be received and reviewed on a yearly basis.  The deadline for receiving applications for the 2019 Scholarship competition will be November 15, 2018.  Applicants will be notified of a decision by January 31, 2019.

For complete applicant information, please download the PDF at the bottom of the page. 

Funding is for a proposed period of study starting the summer or early fall of the year the funds are awarded for at least one year following the start date. London Health Sciences Foundation will release funds to successful applicants. The applicant should indicate the timelines of the proposed training experience and provide justification if the proposed study period is different from the above time frame. 

In 2019, $40,000-$50,000 is available for the award and the funds will be used to support one or possibly two successful candidates.    

1. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

2. Applicants should have Royal College specialty certification and/or must be eligible to write Royal College specialty exams in their discipline. 

Applications should contain the following information:

1. A letter from the applicant outlining the proposed training experience and how this training experience is consistent with the goals of the award.  (No more than 3 pages single spaced size 12 font)
2. Updated Curriculum Vitae
3. Three reference letters.  Reference letters should be sent directly from the referee separate from the application materials.  Reference letters should not be disclosed to the applicant.  References may be sent by e-mail with original copy to follow by mail.
4. Applicants may supplement the award with funding through their desired training program and/or a sponsoring institution or organization.  The applicant should provide details of such additional funding. 
5. The applicant should provide one reference letter from an appropriate representative of the applicant’s most recent training experience. (eg. program director if the applicant recently completed a fellowship.
6. If the applicant has a sponsor, the sponsor or an appropriate representative of the sponsor should provide a reference letter.  

Successful applicants are expected to provide a short progress report during the course of their chosen training as confirmation that the awarded funds are being used as intended. Furthermore, the Board of the Allen/Carey Award would appreciate feedback from the candidate as to whether their training experience has met their expectations.

Applications should be submitted in electronic format (PDF file format) by e-mail to Deborah Wiseman, Director of the Women’s Care Program, at London Health Sciences Centre: Deborah.Wiseman@lhsc.on.ca

Written correspondence and reference letters should be directed to: 

Deborah Wiseman
Director of Women’s Care
London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioners Rd. E.
London, ON N6A 4G5

If you require any additional information please feel free to contact Dr. Mark Carey at markscarey@gmail.com 

Dr. Steven Bisch is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University as well as a Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary with a focus in bioinformatics, which are methods and software tools for understanding medical data. 

“From improving enrolment in life-saving clinical trials to detailed analysis of tumour genomics,” he says, “bioinformatics is a field that is fast becoming critical to research and clinical care in the practice of gynecologic oncology.”

The funding will help with Dr. Bisch’s long-term goal of developing a bioinformatics group and national gynecologic oncology research database.

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