The Medical Forum is a weekly lecture series presenting cutting edge medical research by leaders in their fields.
The presentations are designed for health professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences (especially ELM and postgraduate candidates).
The Medical Forum is hosted by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society as a joint initiative with the Dunedin School of Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Southern District Health Board.
The 2017 Medical Forum will be held at 1pm on Wednesdays 8 March through 18 October.
All sessions will be advertised on the Dunedin School of Medicine events calendar. The schedule of presentations is coordinated by Dr Sarah Soper, Postgraduate Administrator for the Dunedin School of Medicine.
Venue change: Medical Forum will be temporarily be held at Dental Blue Lecture Theatre from 8 March through 24 May, returning to the Barnett Lecture Theatre on 31 May 2017.
|8 March||Dental Blue||Health Sciences: Faculty of Dentistry|
|15 March||Dental Blue||DSM: Department of Medicine|
|22 March||Dental Blue||Otago Innovation, Ltd.|
|29 March||Dental Blue||National Science challenge: Ageing Well|
|5 April||Dental Blue||Sciences: Department of Human Nutrition|
|12 April||Dental Blue||Featured alumnus: Dr Justin O’Sullivan, Liggins Institute (TBC)|
|19 April||Dental Blue||Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Associate Dean (Māori), Sciences (TBC)|
|26 April||Dental Blue||HOT TOPIC I: Earthquake trauma|
|3 May||Dental Blue||Health Sciences: School of Pharmacy|
|10 May||Dental Blue||DSM: Department of Preventive and Social Medicine|
|17 May||Dental Blue||DSM: Dean's Department - Professional Development|
|24 May||Dental Blue||DSM: Department of General Practice and Rural Health|
|31 May||Barnett||Professor Sir Murray Brennan|
|7 June||Barnett||DSM: Department of Pathology|
|14 June||Barnett||HOT TOPIC II: Postgraduate quick-fire presentations|
|21 June||Barnett||BMS: Department of Microbiology and Immunology|
|28 June||Barnett||Sciences: School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Sciences|
|5 July||Barnett||Alliance South and WellSouth|
|12 July||Barnett||DSM: Department of Medicine|
|19 July||Barnett||National Science Challenge: High-value Nutrition|
|26 July||Barnett||Health Sciences: School of Physiotherapy|
|2 August||Barnett||Department of Women and Childrens Health: Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|9 August||Barnett||BMS: Department of Physiology|
|16 August||Barnett||HOT TOPIC III|
|23 August||Barnett||DSM: Department of Psychological Medicine|
|30 August||Barnett||National Science Challenge: Healthier Lives|
|6 Sept||Barnett||DSM: Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori|
|13 Sept||Barnett||Southern DHB: Chief Medical Officer|
|20 Sept||Barnett||DSM: Department of Surgical Sciences|
|27 Sept||Barnett||Health Sciences: Bioethics Centre|
|4 Oct||Barnett||DSM: Department of Women's and Children's Health: Paediatrics|
|11 Oct||Barnett||HOT TOPIC IV|
|18 Oct||Barnett||DSM Medical Education Group: Dean's Teaching Awards|
Courtesy reminders about upcoming Medical Forums
Southern District Health Board staff and University of Otago staff and students may request courtesy text message or email reminders of upcoming sessions.
Text message (SMS) reminders
To request text message reminders, please text or email Lyn Smith at the Dean's Department:
Text 027 554 7896
To request email reminders, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bSvHIL
Video and audio recordings for 2017 Medical Forums are available at the following links.
Dialysis outcomes in the elderly: What is important? Presented by Professor Rob Walker, 15 March 2017
Video recordings of past years' Medical Forums are available to stream on UniTube at https://unitube.otago.ac.nz/album?a=7AId9Jkf0PP.
The Medical Forum features academic and clinical staff from Dunedin School of Medicine, the Otago School of Medical Sciences, and the Southern District Health Board, as well as guests from related organisations such as WellSouth. Past presenters from outside of the University have included visiting scholars and the Harkness Fellow in Medicine.
Changing allocated presentation date(s)
If a department wishes to change its allocated presentation date(s), it is the that department's responsibility to arrange a swap and to notify Dr Sarah Soper at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled presentation.
Funding for visiting lecturers
Funding for visiting lecturers is available by application. Please contact Chris Lake at the Dean's Department for further information:
Tel 64 3 470 9753 (hospital extension 59753)
Planning your presentation:
- The topic should be of general interest to most disciplines, as attendance is multi-disciplinary
- Presentations which are interactive, controversial, topical, and/or which provide updates on new research are well-received
- If a making a case presentation, it is expected that the presented will notify the general practitioner involved
- Presentations from senior staff are preferred
- Presentations should be 40 minutes long, plus 5-10 minutes for discussion
Two weeks (10 business days) prior, departments must submit:
- Name and position of speaker
- Title of presentation
- Name of person to introduce speaker (usually the Head of Department or host)
- Special dietary requirements of the speaker and introducer
- Optional: Short biography of presenter and/or presentation abstract (100-250 words)
- Optional: Photos, images, and/or logos relevant to the presenter(s) and their research
On the day:
- The Dunedin School of Medicine's ICT Support Group staff will be on-hand to provide technical support
- Presenters should arrive at the lecture theatre by 12:55pm to ensure that all IT requirements are met
Permission to record the presentation
The authorisation for recording and distribution of lectures form (PDF 180 KB) must be completed and returned to the technician recording the lecture.
For all enquiries, please contact Dr Sarah Soper at the Dean's Department: