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mediNEWSotago June 2014

mediNEWSotago keeps staff, students, and other stakeholders up-to-date with developments at Otago Medical School.

A Message from the Dean

Tēnā koutou kātoa

I hope everyone is enjoying winter (!?). As I write this – 8.00am on a Monday morning in Dunedin — the sky in Dunedin in clear and there is frost on the roads and lawns.

MBChB funding model review

As always there is plenty happening in the Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty Executive is about to kick off a review of the funding model for the MBChB programme. The Working Group has been selected and the terms of reference agreed to. The MBChB programme provides high quality teaching/learning experiences for students. The Faculty has a strong commitment to clinical supervision and clinical teaching and also to the vital role tutors have in helping students apply their learning.

Development of the programme over the next five years is guided by the Faculty’s Curriculum Master Plan. The Faculty aims to progressively shift aspects of its programme delivery to include more sharing of expertise across campuses and increased use of asynchronous teaching/learning resources. The overall aims of this shift are 1) to increase quality and consistency of the teaching/learning material for students across all the Faculty’s teaching sites, and 2) to increase the efficiency of programme delivery. Through this review the Faculty wants to ensure the funding model:

  • promotes effective ways of learning;
  • promotes efficiency in development and delivery of learning methods;
  • promotes collegiality between campuses;
  • promotes and incentivises more effective and efficient ways of teaching.

Combined Deans’ meeting

Each year medical Deans from Otago and Auckland hold a meeting to discuss issues of mutual interest such as curriculum matters, clinical placements etc. This year it is Otago’s turn to host the meeting which will take place in the University’s Council Chambers in early August.

New medical places for 2015

In the May budget the Minister of Health announced a further increase in domestic medical student numbers. Otago will receive 10 more students in 2015 taking our domestic intake up to 282. When the international students and a few repeat students are included, our second year class in 2015 will be about 300 students. Auckland’s domestic intake in 2015 will increase to 257, giving a national total of 539 medical students being taken into training in 2015.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Dr Paul Robert White MB ChB(Otago) 1967

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). For services to children’s health and radiology.

Other news

AMC Report 2014

The Faculty of Medicine has recently submitted a comprehensive report to the AMC as part of the on-going requirements to maintain accreditation. The next full accreditation will take place in 2018.

Combined Heads of Department Meeting 2014

A successful meeting of the Heads of Departments from all four schools was held in Dunedin over 10-11 April and provided an opportunity for HODs to hear about curriculum developments, research and to meet with colleagues from each campus. Guest speaker this year was Prof Richard Blaikie who updated the meeting on the University research strategy and the importance of the next PBRF round.

BMedSc(Hons) awards 2014

A large group of students, their supervisors and guests gathered in Dunedin recently to formally congratulate those awarded scholarships to assist them with studying for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons). Professor Peter Crampton reminded the students of the exciting opportunities that a career in medical research offers academic doctors, who may choose to add research and teaching to their medical careers.

The following students received BMedSc scholarships: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust Research Award in Medical Sciences, $8000, Kieran Bunn, Ursula Poole, Dean Ramage; Tassell Scholarship, $8000, Lucy Sulzberger; Faculty of Medicine Scholarship, $5000, Emily Dwight, Sebastian Ang, Sean Bennett; Nick McIntosh, Peter Meffan, Hayden Donnelly, Jordan Gibbs, Terrence Reilly, Campbell MacLachlan, Amy Okamura-Kho, Philip Allan, Ranui Baillie; Marcus Fitchett and Reginald Medlicott Scholarship, $5000, Erika Sirisomboonwong; L.F. Hall Scholarship, $5000, and A.F.J. Mickle Scholarship, $600, Gina Wilson.  see the ODT article for further details and photo.

e-Cases update

The e-Case group reported that eCase 7 went live to the 2nd year students on Monday 26th May and feedback has been very positive. Until this year, the Integrated Cases for ELM have all been mainly paper based, with some interactive on-line components and quizzes, but this year the collaboration with local IT company AD Instruments, has been an exciting opportunity to test new ways to engage both students and staff.

Judith Swan writes “ We’ve liaised with staff about content, mulled over questions, organised new video footage to be filmed, built learning activities based on this footage, reviewed everything then tested everything on campus, at home, and at ADI. We’ve found and fixed some problems and bugs, then on Monday we set it free.

More ‘behind the scenes,’ we’ve had colleagues scratching their heads while sorting out an ethical consent process and ensuring that it is based on genuinely understood information. Other colleagues have had challenges with setting up accounts for all the 2nd years then linking their work from the eCase to group tutors on Moodle. To get to this point has taken a lot of work from the eCase Writer team, the Integrated Case team, ELM leadership and our collaborators at ADInstruments. One down, three to go this year – we all still have plenty of work ahead of us.”

Visitor to the Faculty: Professor Molly Cooke – William Evans Visiting Fellow November 3-21, 2014

The University and Faculty of Medicine are fortunate to have Professor Molly Cooke as William Evans Visiting Fellow later in 2014. Professor Cooke has been active in medical education program development and educational research throughout her career.  A founding faculty member of the internal medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital – UCSF, she developed GME curricula focused on the care of the urban under-served, including community health and advocacy.

Some of the goals for Professor Cooke’s visit to Otago are to present and discuss with the Faculty of Medicine; the recent Carnegie report on the future trends of the medical education and also to hear her comments on the strategic direction of the Otago MBChB course and the trajectory of Otago’s reforms with reference to the work already underway.

Module Convenors’ Meeting: Dunedin 4 July 2014

The Faculty is planning an MBChB module convenor’s conference for all ALM and ELM convenors, to take place on Friday 4 July in the Hunter Centre. While encouraging networking between convenors, especially from across the campuses, the meeting will also have a particular focus on the launch of the Curriculum Map and on programmatic assessment. An update on progress with recent reviews such as the ELM and Humanities reviews will also be included in the programme. Please contact Karin Warnaar for more information.

General Staff Conference 2014

The General Staff Conference Committee is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the sixth University of Otago General Staff Conference. The conference will be held on the Dunedin campus on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of August 2014 in the St David Lecture Theatre Complex.  The theme for this year is “Linked in and switched on”.  We have an exciting professional development programme which will enable you to take information and skills back to your workplace, with the opportunity to share ideas, innovations and best practice with your colleagues.  The 2014 General Staff Conference is about linking with our communities, and fostering collaboration across our roles and areas. For further information CLICK HERE

The Faculty of Medicine is planning a meeting for all administrators from the three campuses for the day before the General Staff Conference, 27 August. Its aim is to allow general staff involved with the MB ChB programme to meet each other and share issues and experience. Please contact Karin Warnaar for more information.

Faculty Staff Development

The Faculty Education Unit is coordinating a series of staff development sessions on the three main sites from June onwards.  We are currently scheduling lunchtime workshops on large and small group learning, with further topics and Dunedin dates to be confirmed. Tony Zaharic will facilitate the lecturing session, and Joy Rudland the session on small groups. All staff who work with medical students are welcome to attend:  Remaining workshops for 2014.

Workshop nameDate and timeVenueRegistration
Running small groups Tuesday 19 August 2014  12-1.30pm (lunch from 11.30am) University of Otago Wellington, Room C48 Register
Running small groups Friday 19 September 2014  12-1.30pm (lunch from 11.30am) University of Otago Christchurch, Room 704 Register

Other news see:

ELM Newsletter – Information and news about the Early Learning in Medicine programme (Years 2/3 of the MBChB)

PULSE – The bi-monthly Health Sciences newsletter dedicated to keeping you informed on what’s been happening in the various Health Sciences departments. It also includes information on research, awards, and upcoming events.

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