2023 Sue Britton Bursary Award
A student at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine has been awarded the 2023 Sue Britton Bursary.
Sue Britton was a double-lung transplantee who passed away in 2020. She had worked in occupational health for many years.
The bursary award is made annually in Sue’s name, by Occupational Health Assessment Ltd, to a medical student who has shown exceptional courage in the face of difficult circumstances.
This year’s recipient, Ms. Ruhi Patel, is a final year medical student at Imperial College London. Ruhi was chosen as the recipient by Sue’s family.
Although Ruhi is well down the track to becoming a doctor, she had to overcome a huge number of difficulties before making it to her final year of studying. Despite the difficulties she faced, Ruhi still wanted to widen participation in medicine for others and ran online workshops to help other students apply for medical school.
On dealing with difficulties in life, Ruhi says “I believe happiness is a choice. You cannot control life and what happens to you or your loved ones, but you can control your perspective on it.”
“The description of Sue as ‘embodying the most positive disposition and holding humanity in the highest regard’ resonates with me” she continued “it is privilege to carry on her legacy by continuing to show courage and selflessness in the face of adversity.”
Sue’s family added “It was really tough this year as there were many worthy applications, it was genuinely difficult to narrow it to one. In the end we felt Ruhi, as well as being deserving of the bursary in overcoming hardship, most embodied the qualities and behaviours desired for the bursary (courage in the face of adversity) as well as having a caring and altruistic attitude, which we felt mirrored Sue’s attitude to life.”
Magnus Kauders, Managing Director, Occupational Health Assessment Ltd says “We are proud to be able to make an annual award in Sue’s name and Ruhi is an incredibly worthy recipient. We wish her every happiness and success in her future career as a doctor”.