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Swansea Students Awarded Ray Williams Travelling Fellowships

Four students from Swansea University Medical School have been awarded the Ray Williams Travelling Fellowship by Prostate Cymru. The recipients are Harry Farrer, Chukwugozie Onwuemene, Louis Gower and Benjamin Tanner who are using the bursaries to further their interests in urology.

Harry Farrer will spend his elective at the University of Ruhuna Medical School Hospital in Galle, Sri Lanka. Harry’s time abroad will include a week of community medicine and four weeks of surgery experience. Harry aims to spend as much time in surgery as possible, specifically for urology cases to build upon an interest in this area of medicine fostered during his most recent university placement. He relishes the opportunity to get hands on surgical experience thanks to the travelling fellowship.

Chukwugozie Onweumene will be visiting the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in St Vincent and the Grenadines during his elective period. During his time on the islands, Chukwugozie will be studying a number of medical and surgical specialities including urology. Friends Louis Gower and Benjamin Tanner are travelling together to the Philippines Children’s Medical Center in Manila and spending time with urologists during their elective. Although the focus of their learning will be more upon paediatric urology, Louis and Benjamin are looking forward to experiencing a clinical urology placement.

Prostate Cymru introduced travelling fellowships in late 2016 to help medical students specialising in urology to fund their elective studies. An elective is a placement in which the student chooses the content and setting of their studies. The Ray Murray and Ray Williams travelling fellowships were created to support students from Cardiff University and Swansea University respectively. The fellowships are named in memory of Ray Murray, the founder of Prostate Cymru and Ray Williams OBE, the founding Chairman of the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru. The charity has also introduced travelling fellowships for Welsh medical students studying outside of Wales.

Daughter of Ray Williams and member of the Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru, Judith Griffiths, said: “My family and I are delighted that the Ray Williams Travelling Fellowships are continuing to support students like Harry, Chukwugozie, Louis and Benjamin further their education and develop their medical expertise in urology.”

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