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Dr Dean Medic's Award

Dr Donald Dean Memorial Medical Award

As part of the legacy of the late Dr Donald Dean, Canford is able to offer funding each year to support up to two OCs embarking on their medical elective.

Dr Dean was born in Manchester in 1927. After the early death of his parents, he was raised by his aunt. With her help he was able to attend grammar school and university, graduating in 1953.  Dr Dean’s career took him all over the world. He was a medical doctor for the British Petroleum Company, helping to create hospitals and medical services in Aden, Nigeria, Trinidad, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. After retiring as the Senior Medical Officer for BP he became the Chief Medical Officer at the Chamber of Shipping. He was later awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) to recognise his significant contribution to the practice of occupational medicine in tropical countries.

Old Canfordians are invited to apply for the Dr Donald Dean Medical Award which carries an honorarium of up to £1,500.  In order to consider your application, the committee* would like to see:

  • A detailed programme of the work you will undertake

  • Your reasons for undertaking this elective

  • How you will fund your elective, including details of other funding you may have secured

  • What difference the honorarium will make to your ability to complete your medical elective

  • A current curriculum vitae

The successful applicant will be asked to write a 500 word report/article at the conclusion of their elective (with the option of publishing it in the OC magazine) and also return to Canford within one year of completing the elective to talk to Canfordians about their experience.

Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to the Community email with the subject: Dr Donald Dean Medical award

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Applications for 2023Applications for 2023 should be received by 12th November 2023 and the award will be announced by 30th November 2023.

*The committee will be made up of a representation from the Governing Body and the Headmaster.

Donald Dean Award