Rhodes scholarship for medical education specialist

18 December 2015
Rhodes Scholars and former Governor-General
Former Governor-General The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand with the Rhodes Scholars: Kimberley Savill, Jade Leung, and Dr Oscar Lyons.

The new Medical Education Fellow in Surgery at the University of Auckland’s South Auckland Clinical School is one of three young New Zealanders awarded a Rhodes scholarship this month.

Dr Oscar Lyons, aged 25, was awarded the scholarship for his “outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service”, to carry out post graduate study at the prestigious University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The 2016 Rhodes scholars elect were selected at a meeting chaired by former Governor-General The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand at Government House in Wellington.

Sir Anand Satyanand says, “The Rhodes Scholarship will be a transformative opportunity for these outstanding young people who all share a passion to contribute to the world.”

“Rhodes's vision over one hundred years ago was to develop outstanding leaders with the commitment to make a positive difference, the potential to become leaders for the world’s future, and the desire to promote international peace and understanding and peace,” he says. “All those shortlisted very ably met his criteria.”

Oscar attended Rosmini College at Takapuna where he was Senior Dux, and he also achieved the top placing in New Zealand in the ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) for Science and won a University of Auckland Scholarship.

He finished his medical training (MBChB) at this University last year before working as a Doctor at Gisborne Hospital. He has just taken up the position as Medical Education Fellow in Surgery at the South Auckland Clinical School where he will be closely involved in the teaching, assessment and pastoral care of medical students at Middlemore Hospital.

Oscar plans to complete a Masters of Science in Higher Education at Oxford and then progress to a doctorate in medical education. His goal is to evaluate, design and implement changes to improve mental health and medical education in medical students and those they serve.

Oscar has a lifelong passion for teaching and tutored younger students at secondary school and continued as a Teaching Assistant and Lead Instructor at university. He was also voted Peer Leader at Medical School.

He is active in supporting Auckland Rotary District’s Young Leadership Award annual camp designed to improve leadership potential.  His other interests include judo and musical performance.

The Scholarship covers the students’ fees, accommodation and living costs for up to three years at Oxford, which is one of the oldest and top-ranked universities in the world.


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