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Fellowships and defence engagement: from clinical niches to strategic impact
  1. Jonathon Lowe1,2,
  2. D Potter1,3,
  3. M Warner2 and
  4. S Horne1,3
  1. 1Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Plymouth, UK
  3. 3Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sqn Ldr Jonathon Lowe, Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK; jlowe5{at}


Medical fellowships have traditionally developed the individual rather than furthering military or national strategic objectives. This paper describes a medical fellowship with the British Antarctic Survey to illustrate the benefits to the individual, to the military and to wider international defence engagement efforts.

By rebranding such fellowships as Defence Healthcare Engagement and by treating international organisations on a par with partner nations, the humble fellowship can facilitate enduring, mutually beneficial healthcare engagement at low cost and with minimal additional resources.

  • accident & emergency medicine
  • medical education & training
  • health services administration & management

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  • Contributors Article concept conceived by JL and SH. Article drafted by JL with input and editing from SH, DP and MW. Final draft reviewed by all authors and submitted for review. Revisions of the articles were reviewed by all authors prior to resubmission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.