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Legacy of ‘passionate’ doctor honoured

A healthcare grant awards scheme has been set up in memory of a top eye surgeon who died last year, aged 64.

The Bermuda International Institute of Ophthalmology created the scholarship in honour of the late Leonard Teye-Botchway.

The BIIO fund was designed to help Bermudian students to complete undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in all fields of healthcare, but preference will be given to eye care specialisms.

The BIIO said: “Dr Teye-Botchway was passionate about the training of his staff and generally encouraged the training of Bermudians to acquire skills relevant to healthcare.

“He sponsored healthcare workers at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and his practice to make sure that they continued to be certified and abreast with developments in their fields of work.

“This scholarship by the BIIO is to help continue with his legacy with the aim of improving healthcare delivery in Bermuda.”

The Ghanaian-born surgeon was an Olympic athlete who abandoned his sporting ambitions for a career in medicine.

Dr Teye-Botchway pioneered ophthalmology in Bermuda after he and his Bermudian wife, Ronita, moved to the island in 1994. He was also the medical director for the BIIO.

Applicants for the scholarships must be Bermudian and meet requirements including, a minimum GPA and have completed their first year of undergraduate studies or be enrolled on a postgraduate programme at an accredited institution.

Applications must include an essay on “Improving Healthcare in Bermuda”.

The institute will invite all shortlisted applicants to an interview with the BIIO selection committee.

The applications should be submitted by April 30 and decisions will be made no later than June 30. Applications can be obtained by e-mail to info@biio.bm or at biio.bm

Eye on the future: Leonard Teye-Botchway wanted to help train Bermudians

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Published April 09, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 09, 2020 at 8:40 am)

Legacy of ‘passionate’ doctor honoured

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