The Professor James C Petrie Scholarship supports a delegate from a DfiD priority country to attend the RCPE Course in Acute and General Internal Medicine.

This 5 day course will provide topical and relevant updates on a wide variety of acute and general medical conditions encountered by clinicians. Experts will cover topics of current and practical relevance with frequent opportunities for interactive case-based learning. The week will consist of a series of themed days, and topics covered in the 2019 course will include:

  • Diagnosing, investigating and treating infection and fever.
  • Therapeutic advances in common conditions, including heart failure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory arthritis.
  • Acute management of collapse, breathlessness, fever, chest pain.
  • Fits, faints & funny turns: Differential diagnosis & appropriate investigations.
  • Preventing premature death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and alcohol.

The College is committed to helping to raise standards of healthcare globally. This course is aimed at physicians (consultant and senior trainee level) who wish to enhance their acute and general medicine knowledge. It will be of great interest to clinicians from around the world who encounter patients with general medical conditions and gives an ideal opportunity for physicians from other countries to network with others working in acute and general internal medicine.

The scholarship is named in memory of the late Professor James Colquhoun Petrie CBE, a distinguished Physician in Scotland who made significant contributions in the area of General Internal Medicine during his career and also a past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

What the scholarship will cover:

  • Travel costs (economy class travel)
  • Accommodation (in College)
  • Course fee
  • Reception and Scottish Evening (Thursday night)
  • Visa fee (the applicant will be responsible for obtaining the visa).


  • Must be presently based and working within a DfID (Department for International Development) priority country.
  • Must be self-funding (i.e. funded by yourself or your family). Applicants who are able to get funding from another source (i.e. an employer, industry or government sponsor, charity or third-party organisation) to enable them to attend the course are not self-funding.
  • Must be a fully qualified Medical Practitioner.
  • Must be able to describe how attendance at this course will benefit the delivery of care to patients within their own clinical service and/or country.

Application and selection process

Applicants will be asked to provide contact details and complete the following short essay questions:

  1. Please describe the pertinent healthcare challenges within acute and general internal medicine in the country you work in (250 words max)
  2. Please describe how attendance at this course will benefit the delivery of care to patients within your own clinical service (250 words max)

Please have your answers prepared before applying online.

Each question will be scored by two assessors. Where the scores are tied, the College reserves the right to make the final decision.

Applications for the 2019 Professor James C Petrie Scholarship are now closed.

Applications closed on 10 February 2019.

2019 winners

Dr Ihsan Jibril

"Dr Ihsan Jibril received her basic medical education from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. She is currently a Senior (Specialist) Registrar in Dermatology/Infectious diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria. She also has a Master’s degree in International (Public) Health from the University of Nottingham and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians.

She currently works in General Medicine, General Dermatology and inpatient/outpatient HIV care. Dr Jibril is especially passionate about quality healthcare delivery in resource-poor settings with special emphasis on clinical research, achieving excellence in medical education and clinical audits.

Dr Jibril has been recognised by her organisation for her contribution to the teaching and training of foreign-trained doctors. One of the main projects she is currently working on is auditing adherence to recommendations for prophylaxis against opportunistic infections in HIV outpatients. She is also involved in various clinical research studies in General Medicine. In addition, she is a member of several local medical charity organisations.

Dr Jibril is a Federal Government Undergraduate Merit Scholar, Chevron Undergraduate Merit Scholar and University of Nottingham Developing Solutions Scholar. 

Her long-term career interests are in international research collaborations, global health and health policy."

Dr Ashish Shrestha


I am from Nepal, a beautiful Himalayan country in South East Asia. I completed my MBBS in 2011 and MD in Internal Medicine in 2016 from Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. After graduation, I joined as a lecturer in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dhulikel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, and have been working there ever since.

It was a great privilege to be one of the recipients of the prestigious Professor James C Petrie Scholarship for the year 2019.  The RCPE Course in Acute and General Internal Medicine has been one of the best learning experiences for me so far. All the topics were very intriguing and the lectures were well presented, interactive and highly informative. I gained new insights in to the management of infectious diseases and antibiotic stewardship, caring for people with multimorbidity, therapeutic advances in various common clinical conditions, challenges  of healthcare in the 21st century to name a few. There was more learning during the informal interaction sessions with all the wonderful participants from various countries. The knowledge I have acquired from the course will definitely have a positive impact on my career, medical teaching and patient care.

I am very grateful to the Royal college of Physicians of Edinburgh for this opportunity and would like to thank everyone involved in the course for such warm welcome, cosy and beautiful College accommodation, College tour and such a well-organized course. The people of Edinburgh were equally nice and welcoming and though it was short stay I will cherish the memories of the beautiful city of Edinburgh for lifetime.



DfID priority countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.