Beth Christian Scholarship

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The Beth Christian Scholarship is established in honour of Dr Beth Christian, FACEM, to promote the links between the emergency medicine community in Australia and the United Kingdom.
1. PURPOSE
This policy governs the awarding of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Beth Christian Scholarship (the Scholarship). The Scholarship is established in honour of Dr Beth Christian, FACEM, to promote the links between the emergency medicine community in Australia and the United Kingdom.

2. BACKGROUND
Beth was a passionate emergency physician who trained in Australia and subsequently worked predominantly in the United Kingdom. She was enthusiastic about her practice and teaching of emergency medicine on both sides of the world and believed each could learn from the other. The Scholarship will enable trainees to undertake a period of training - a Scholarship Post - in the other country.

The Scholarship is funded by bequest and donation.

4. BODY OF POLICY

4.1 Nature of Award
The Scholarship is awarded in the form of a travel scholarship (return airfares) to support trainees from Australasia or the United Kingdom gaining experience in the other country.

4.2 Eligibility Criteria
Nominees will be trainees registered with either the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) or the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).

4.3 Nominations
Nominations must include:

(a) a covering letter describing why the scholarship should be awarded to the nominee (maximum 500 words);

(b) a letter of support from the nominee’s Director of Emergency Medicine Training (ACEM trainees) or Head of Specialty Training/College Tutor (RCEM trainees);

(c) a letter of in-principle support from an Emergency Department in the other country for the nominee to provide a suitable Scholarship Post in that department;

(d) evidence that the nominee is eligible to practice in the other country during the Scholarship post.

Nominations are to be sent to the ACEM Foundation.

4.4 Suitability of Scholarship Posts
The Scholarship post must:

(a) be a minimum of three months duration;

(b) be in an emergency department accredited for training by either ACEM or RCEM;

(c) be predominantly clinical in nature.

4.5 Selection Process
Half of the Beth Christian Scholarships will be awarded to trainees of each of the colleges.

A selection panel comprised of the ACEM Board of Governance will award the scholarship to nominees who best fit the purpose of the Scholarship. The Scholarship may not be awarded if there are no suitable nominees. The decision of the panel will be final and discussion will be entered into.

4.6 Acknowledgement of Award
The certificate will be presented to the Scholarship recipients by the College President during the Annual College Ceremony.