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Recognising student excellence at the Dunedin Medical Campus

Trainee Intern prize winners 2017

Kōhatu – Centre for Hauora Māori Excellence Awards

  • Ko te kete Tuauri Knowledge of Ritual, Memory & Prayer (Cultural Connection)
    • For a student that shows a commitment to enhancing Hauora Māori concepts such as; culture, te reo & whakawhanaungatanga.
  • Ko te kete Tuatea Knowledge of Making a Difference (Addressing Equity)
    • For a student that shows a commitment to improving health equity and challenging the status quo for Māori.
  • Ko te kete Aronui Knowledge to Help Others (Positive Solutions)
    • For a student that shows initiative creating positive solutions for improving Māori Health.

The kete (baskets) of knowledge comes from ancient tauparapara (legend) which relates to the exploits of Tane-nui-a-rangi in his pursuit of knowledge. Tane, the progenitor of mankind, of the forest, ascended from earth to the heavens and obtained the three kete of knowledge. Tane returned to earth with the knowledge, and there created humankind from the earth. To many, this is a simple mythological story which seeks to explain how humankind gained its knowledge of things both earthly and spiritual from the gods. The story is the beginning of the stories of the Whare Wananga, which describe how this earthly realm came to be, and how everything in it came to be ordered as it is, including how humankind was created by Tane.
To some it is a metaphor for the ideal life, a journey of striving for knowledge and education and enlightenment, to become better people. In this context it graphically depicts three aspects of knowledge achieved in the Hauora Māori medical curriculum within the Dunedin School of Medicine, preparing students to make a difference for Māori, whanau and communities.

Patricia Buckfield Prize in Paediatrics


Dr Patricia Buckfield MBChB (NZ), MD Otago, MRCP, FRACP, DCH (FRP&S) was a senior lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Otago in Dunedin between 1967 and 1981, following postgraduate training in Neonatology in the UK. She introduced the new technique of neonatal ventilation to the Special Care Baby Unit in Dunedin. She was a dedicated and caring paediatrician, who based her MD thesis on the prenatal events of approximately 20,000 babies who were born in Dunedin City. A one-year cohort of this sample formed the basis for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Child Development Study, which has achieved international recognition and is still ongoing. She also saw the need to provide extra assistance for children and their families where there were concerns about the child’s developmental progress. She was instrumental in setting up the Vera Hayward Centre, which forms the base for the Dunedin Hospital Child Development Service. During her time in Dunedin she was an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher of undergraduate and postgraduate students from Health and many other disciplines. In her later professional years she continued her interest in developmental paediatrics and worked as a Developmental Paediatrician in the Puketiro Centre at Porirua. During her professional career she made an outstanding contribution both to clinical and to academic paediatrics. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids up to the value of $600 and a book voucher to the value of $100.

Paediatric Artistic Expression


This prize was introduced in 2010 by Professor Barry Taylor. It is awarded to a Trainee Intern who chose to submit an original artistic creation in their final assessment for their Paediatric Longitudinal Case: The Child with the Chronic Condition commenced in 4th year, and completed in 5th year. This prize recognises the Trainee Intern who showed outstanding artistic expression. The prize is a book voucher to the value of $50.

Sir Gordon Bell Prize in Surgery


This prize is named after the second Professor of Surgery at the University of Otago, who held the Chair from 1925 - 1952. Sir Gordon Bell was born in Marlborough, trained in Edinburgh and practiced for most of his life in Dunedin. He was a very eminent and practical surgeon, whose career spanned many of the important developments in Surgery. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids to the value of $800.

Mary Shaw Surgical Prize


Established in 1992 by a bequest of $2500 under the will of Mary Christiana Shaw (nee Manning) who was born in Invercargill in 1912. In 1932 she married James Thomson Shaw, General Manager of the Southland Savings Bank from 1952 to 1970. In 1964, while Mr Shaw was General Manager, the Board of the Bank established the Southland Savings Bank Medical Foundation for the furtherance of medical education and research in Southland. Mr and Mrs Shaw had two sons: John Donald Shaw, a mining engineer in Brazil, and James Henry Farquhar Shaw BMedSc MD (Otago) FRACS, a surgeon in Auckland. Mrs Shaw died in Auckland in 1992. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids to the value of $200, and is awarded annually by the University Council, to the student undertaking the sixth year of the course for the degree Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, as a trainee intern in Dunedin or Invercargill who, in the opinion of the clinical teachers concerned, displays the greatest industry and competence in the Surgical attachment.

Stanley Wilson Prize


Established in 1982 by Dr Elizabeth Whitcombe, a graduate of the Otago Medical School, for the purpose of furthering the study of Medicine at the Dunedin Division of the Faculty of Medicine, and in particular to recognise the contribution made by a former teacher, Mr Stanley Wilson, over many years, to the science and teaching of surgery at the Otago Medical School. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids to the value of $750, and is awarded by the University Council on the recommendation of an Advisory Committee, comprising the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, the Professor of Surgery in the Otago Medical School at Dunedin and the Chairman of the General Medical Staff of the Dunedin Hospital. The prize is awarded annually to a medical undergraduate in the Otago Medical School at Dunedin who best presents in his or her final year a clinical presentation in the Department of Surgery having general medical interest and a reference to pathology

Sir Bernard Dawson Prize in Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Sir Bernard Dawson held the Foundation Chair in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Otago in Dunedin from 1932 - 1950. He was responsible for putting the academic discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology firmly in place in New Zealand and he was knighted in 1948 for his services to Obstetrics and Gynaecology in this country. The prize consists of educational material/aids to the value of $800.

Professor Basil James Prize in Psychological Medicine


Professor Basil James was Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine from 1969-1981. Professor James persuaded the general medical staff that psychiatry should also have a prize, as did medicine and surgery, whose prizes had come from family bequests. These negotiations occurred in the late 60s. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids to the value of $800.

RNZCGP Otago-Southland/JAD Iverach Prize in General Practice


Five prizes were awarded in Preventive and Social Medicine prior to 1974 by the New Zealand Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners and from 1974 to 1977 by the Otago-Southland Faculty of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners. These were replaced in 1978 by a single prize in the discipline in General Practice. The Prize will be awarded at the annual Trainee Intern Prize giving and Farewell by a senior member of the Department of General Practice, Dunedin School of Medicine, for the best student performance during the fifth and sixth years of the undergraduate medical course in General Practice. The Prize consists of an engraved medal and a cheque to the value of $500.

James Renfrew White Memorial Prize


The prize fund was established in 1976 by a bequest of $3,000 from the late Miss Ida G White in memory of her brother, the late Mr James Renfrew White, a graduate of the Otago Medical School who was Director of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Otago Hospital Board and Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery from 1920 until 1948. The prize consists of books, instruments or education aids to the value of $500, and is awarded annually by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences), to the student who has served his or her clinical years in Dunedin and who while a sixth year student, in the opinion of the Faculty of Medicine on the recommendation of the Head of Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, has demonstrated the most outstanding clinical ability and scholarship in the field of orthopaedic and trauma surgery

Marjorie McCallum Medal in Medicine


This award was founded in 1923 by the Honorable Richard McCallum as a memorial to his daughter who died while she was a medical student at the University of Otago. The medal is awarded annually to the final year medical student in Dunedin who is awarded the highest marks in clinical medicine in the distinction examination.
The award for this prize is in fact a medal which will be engraved with the recipient’s name at the beginning of next year. Notification of prizes will be emailed out after the closing date to receive nominations, which is the 12th of December. Payment of awards will then be made in late March.

JAD Iverach Prize in Medicine


In May 1965 the J A D Iverach Memorial Fund was started from which an annual prize would be awarded to the best 6th year medical student in clinical medicine. The prize consists of a presentation gift and $1000 which can be divided and awarded as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize if appropriate. There were some cash donations by grateful patients but most of the contributions made by his family were made in shares. The prize is awarded for excellence in clinical medicine, the area in which JAD Iverach excelled in his practice and teaching and is a special exam that is used as a pre-requisite for sitting for distinction. Even students who are automatic distinction sit this examination.

John Parr Prize in Ophthalmology


This prize is awarded to the top final year medical student at the Dunedin School of Medicine. It is named in honour of Roxburgh-born Professor John Parr (1922-2009), Head of Ophthalmology at Otago University from 1961 until 1987.

Vincent George Travel Best Elective Report Award


The Trainee Intern Elective Report Award was established in 1984 (by Professor Don Wilson) and sponsorship was obtained in 1992 from Mr Russell Duff, Managing Director of VIP International Travel in appreciation of the ongoing close links between VIP Travel and medical elective students. This sponsorship is continued today by Vincent George of Vincent George Travel. Vincent George has been involved with medical elective students for many years. The prize consists of a travel voucher to the value of $200 to the trainee intern who has submitted the best elective report during the year, which has been chosen by our electives committee.\


Our prizeboards are currently being engraved with the names of our latest prize-winning students. Once engraving is complete, we will add photos of the prize boards and a complete list of past recipients to this page.