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Influential teachers celebrated at Dunedin School of Medicine

Thursday 13 September 2018 10:30pm

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Some of the winners at yesterday’s 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine teaching awards ceremony (from left) Associate Professor Yoram Barak and Ms Anita Admiraal of Psychological Medicine (winners of the Departmental Teaching Award), Kirsty Murrell-McMillan (Regional Centre Teaching Award), Dr Kristin Kenrick of General Practice and Rural Health (Departmental Teaching Award), Dr Susan Jack of Preventive and Social Medicine (Departmental Teaching Award), and Deneille Bligh (Trainee Intern Award for Excellence in Teaching).

Award-winning teachers from Dunedin and Invercargill were reminded that their influence extends well beyond the classroom, during the 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM) teaching awards held yesterday afternoon.

Medical student Sashika Samaranayaka told those gathered that they have an impact that can last well into the future.

“Not only do they teach us but we also can make career choices based on their teaching too,” she said.

"Not only do they teach us but we also can make career choices based on their teaching too."

Fellow fourth-year Medical student Ben Hoatson said it is important to recognise great teachers because “they are not represented by hospital key performance indicators like the number of patients seen or surgeries carried out, but by their impact in shaping future doctors in the years ahead”.

The aim of the DSM teaching awards for the Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM) programme is to recognise and celebrate outstanding teaching contributions made by staff in the ALM years of the Medical programme at the DSM and to help raise the profile of teaching in ALM at the DSM.

Some of the awards are based on nominations from fourth- and fifth-year Medical students and this year saw the addition of Departmental awards, nominated by Heads of Department.

In presenting the awards, DSM Dean Professor Barry Taylor said an alternative name for the awards could be “the encouragement of learning awards”.

Professor Taylor said good teaching requires curiosity and enthusiasm but the key attributes of a good teacher are respect and empathy for the students.

The 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM) teaching award winners:

Dunedin Campus
Senior medical officer award for excellence in teaching - Dr Paul Trani
Registrar award for excellence in teaching - Dr Jeremy Wong
House officer award for excellence in teaching - Dr Richard McLeod
Trainee intern award for excellence in teaching - Deneille Bligh
Nursing team award for excellence in teaching - Fracture Clinic Nurses
Innovations in teaching award - Dr Steve Johnson

Invercargill Campus
Senior medical officer award for excellence in teaching (Invercargill campus) - Dr Animesh Chatterjee
Registrar award for excellence in teaching (Invercargill campus) - Dr Andrew Maw
House officer award for excellence in teaching (Invercargill campus) - Dr Aidan Smith

Departmental Teaching Awards
Bioethics Centre - Dr Simon Walker
Department of General Practice and Rural Health - Dr Kristin Kenrick
Department of Medicine - Associate Professor Graeme Hammond-Tooke
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine - Dr Susan Jack
Department of Psychological Medicine - Associate Professor Yoram Barak and Ms Anita Admiraal
Department of Surgical Sciences - Mr Andrew Audeau
Department of Women’s and Children’s Health - Dr Xiamin Liang

Special Awards
Dean’s award for outstanding contribution - Paul Medeiros
Regional centre teaching award - Kirsty Murrell-McMillan (Invercargill)
Innovation in teaching award - Dr Steve Johnson