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mediNEWSotago November 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

Welcome all staff and students in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – and everywhere else from the Hokianga to Invercargill — to the November issue of Medinews. The year will soon be drawing to a close but, as is always the case, many of us will be busy right up until the end of the year. As this is the last issue for the year I will take the opportunity to comment on a few happenings during the year.

During 2014 Professor Barry Taylor has settled into the role of Dean of DSM, and Professor Vernon Ward has taken up the role of Dean of OSMS. Staff members of OSMS and others in the Division thanked Pat Cragg for serving as Acting Dean at an enjoyable and well-attended function in the Hunter Centre in October.

Our teaching and general staff have put in an excellent year’s work. It is noteworthy that the MBChB programme received the maximum accreditation period from the Australian Medical Council following the interim review report which we submitted earlier this year. The programme has had its accreditation extended until 31 March 2019. This is the best possible outcome, which reflects the very high quality work and commitment of all teaching and general staff who so ably run the programme. Congratulations and thanks to everyone.

There have been numerous research awards and successes during the year – far too many for me to list here. I would, however, like to thank and congratulate all our researchers for their ongoing hard work and success in what is an increasingly challenging research funding environment.

An important development during the year has been the creation of the new MBChB Operational Management Group. This Group represents a significant strengthening of the management structure of the MBChB. This is important because our annual intake of students is now approaching 300 which, in the Australasian context, makes us one of the biggest medical schools.

I wish everyone very best wishes for the final weeks of the year. Thank you all for your high quality work which has contributed to our excellent outcomes.

Best wishes Peter Crampton – Dean  

‘Exceptional’ education leader John Nacey awarded medal in Australia

Australasian medical educators have honoured Wellington urologist and urology Professor John Nacey at a forum in New South Wales. Professor Nacey is the recipient of a medal given annually for exceptional national and trans-Tasman contribution to promoting prevocational medical education. The award is made by the Confederation of Post-Graduate Medical Education Councils. This year, the confederation presented it during the Australia and New Zealand Medical Education and Training Forum, held in the Hunter Valley and closing today. The Geoffrey Marel Medal is named after a prominent Australian physician and educationist who died in 1999. In a statement, Medical Council chair Andrew Connolly says Professor Nacey is the first New Zealander to receive the award.

Outstanding leadership

Mr Connolly calls this a high honour, and richly deserved. He also refers to “John’s outstanding leadership” of the council’s leadership strategy. Professor Nacey chairs the Medical Council’s education committee.

Joan Crawford, council strategic programme manager, accepted the medal on his behalf at a dinner last night. Professor Nacey, a former dean of the Wellington Clinical School and a former examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, is urology professor at University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine.

He has published extensively on prostate cancer, acts as referee for several major international journals and chaired the Government’s taskforce on prostate cancer.

Source: NEW ZEALAND DOCTOR

Special Contribution to ELM teaching

Congratulations to Associate Professor Greg Jones who has been awarded with the Faculty of Medicine Award for Special Contribution to ELM in recognition of his innovation and leadership of the Cardiovascular Block Module.  During his five years as convenor Greg has shown not only exemplary leadership but also a willingness to develop, trial and evaluate new delivery styles.

Friends of the Medical School Function 5 November

The Friends of the Medical School were recently invited to a function at the Hunter Centre in Dunedin to thank them for their invaluable contribution to the training of our medical students during their ELM 2/3 studies. Over 250 of the volunteers from Dunedin met to talk to students and view the tutorial room displays and posters over afternoon tea. The Director of the ELM Programme, Assoc Professor Grant Butt along with Dr Hamish Wilson, Convenor of the HIC Programme module, thanked them for meeting with the ELM students as part of their healthcare in the community studies. Outgoing OUMSA President, Elizabeth Berryman spoke of her gratitude to the Friends, saying it was an extremely valuable learning experience for her and her classmates. For more detail about the Friends of the Medical School contact either Amara Boyd or Georgina McArthur.

Staff News

Welcome to Simon Paterson who has joined the Faculty of Medicine in the new role of MB ChB Information Management Officer. He will be reviewing our existing data systems, recommending improvements and implementing changes to our information management including for the MSOD project. Simon was previously employed as Finance Manager at the Department of Pathology, DSM. Simon is based in the Sayers Building.

We are sorry to see Kit Randel leave the Faculty later this month. Kit has been employed as Systems Administrator and IT Developer and has been instrumental in creating the newly developed on-line resource the Curriculum Map, as well as working on other Faculty projects and providing IT support. We wish Kit all the best for his future career in IT.

Philip Tilson whose previous title was Assistant Faculty Manager is now Manager ELM Programme.  Philip will still undertake the role to assist and deputise for the Faculty Manager but the new title reflects his primary role in managing operations and administration for ELM including staffing and finances and being a member of the newly established MB ChB Programme Operational Management Group.

Sarah Jutel’s title changes from Assessment Administrator, to MB ChB Assessment Manager to reflect development, leadership, oversight, coordination and implementation responsibilities following the recent assessment review. She will also have responsibilities for student information systems and the MSOD Project.

Further appointments to the Operational Management Group will be notified as they are made.

Upcoming Events

Visitor to the Faculty: Professor Molly Cooke – William Evans Visiting Fellow November 10-14, 2014

The University and Faculty of Medicine are fortunate to have Professor Molly Cooke as William Evans Visiting Fellow arriving soon. 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.  For details of Professor Cooke’s schedule of events and meetings contact: Karin Warnaar or your local Medical Education Advisor.

Is microscopy a tool in your research toolbox?

Then have a look at the Microscopy New Zealand 2015 Conference and its workshops to see how they might benefit you! Whether you identify yourself as a microscopist or not, this event offers opportunities to learn from leading international and national experts as well as a chance to ‘upskill’ through any of the six workshops on offer. A call for abstracts is open until November 7th and submissions are open to all fields of study. Support for students is available and registration fees are both affordable and inclusive. Come and join us as we celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Details: 2-6 February 2015, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Enquires +64 21 024 77554 or microscopy2015@anatomy.otago.ac.nz Event website: http://microscopy2015.otago.ac.nz/

Otago International Health Research Network – 7th Annual Conference, 12 & 13 November,  Dunedin

The Centre for International Health is the host of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN).  This conference is an opportunity to meet other researchers working across diverse disciplines in global health, discuss projects they have been working on and foster new collaborative efforts.  We currently have members and colleagues in many areas of the university including;

  • Geography,
  • Ecology,
  • Zoology,
  • Botany,
  • Humanities,
  • Art and Art history,
  • Economics,
  • Theology,
  • Anthropology and Archaeology,
  • as well,  the Divisions of Science and Health Sciences

For more information see the conference website:  http://www.otago.ac.nz/oihrnconference

 

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.

Contributions to mediNEWSotago are welcome, please contact: philip.tilson@otago.ac.nz

A Message from the Dean

Tēnā koutou kātoa

Welcome all staff and students in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – and everywhere else from the Hokianga to Invercargill — to the November issue of Medinews. The year will soon be drawing to a close but, as is always the case, many of us will be busy right up until the end of the year. As this is the last issue for the year I will take the opportunity to comment on a few happenings during the year.

During 2014 Professor Barry Taylor has settled into the role of Dean of DSM, and Professor Vernon Ward has taken up the role of Dean of OSMS. Staff members of OSMS and others in the Division thanked Pat Cragg for serving as Acting Dean at an enjoyable and well-attended function in the Hunter Centre in October.

Our teaching and general staff have put in an excellent year’s work. It is noteworthy that the MBChB programme received the maximum accreditation period from the Australian Medical Council following the interim review report which we submitted earlier this year. The programme has had its accreditation extended until 31 March 2019. This is the best possible outcome, which reflects the very high quality work and commitment of all teaching and general staff who so ably run the programme. Congratulations and thanks to everyone.

There have been numerous research awards and successes during the year – far too many for me to list here. I would, however, like to thank and congratulate all our researchers for their ongoing hard work and success in what is an increasingly challenging research funding environment.

An important development during the year has been the creation of the new MBChB Operational Management Group. This Group represents a significant strengthening of the management structure of the MBChB. This is important because our annual intake of students is now approaching 300 which, in the Australasian context, makes us one of the biggest medical schools.

I wish everyone very best wishes for the final weeks of the year. Thank you all for your high quality work which has contributed to our excellent outcomes.

Best wishes Peter Crampton – Dean 

 

‘Exceptional’ education leader John Nacey awarded medal in Australia

Australasian medical educators have honoured Wellington urologist and urology Professor John Nacey at a forum in New South Wales. Professor Nacey is the recipient of a medal given annually for exceptional national and trans-Tasman contribution to promoting prevocational medical education. The award is made by the Confederation of Post-Graduate Medical Education Councils. This year, the confederation presented it during the Australia and New Zealand Medical Education and Training Forum, held in the Hunter Valley and closing today. The Geoffrey Marel Medal is named after a prominent Australian physician and educationist who died in 1999. In a statement, Medical Council chair Andrew Connolly says Professor Nacey is the first New Zealander to receive the award.

Outstanding leadership

Mr Connolly calls this a high honour, and richly deserved. He also refers to “John’s outstanding leadership” of the council’s leadership strategy. Professor Nacey chairs the Medical Council’s education committee.

Joan Crawford, council strategic programme manager, accepted the medal on his behalf at a dinner last night. Professor Nacey, a former dean of the Wellington Clinical School and a former examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, is urology professor at University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine.

He has published extensively on prostate cancer, acts as referee for several major international journals and chaired the Government’s taskforce on prostate cancer.

Source: NEW ZEALAND DOCTOR

Special Contribution to ELM teaching

Congratulations to Associate Professor Greg Jones who has been awarded with the Faculty of Medicine Award for Special Contribution to ELM in recognition of his innovation and leadership of the Cardiovascular Block Module.  During his five years as convenor Greg has shown not only exemplary leadership but also a willingness to develop, trial and evaluate new delivery styles.

Friends of the Medical School Function 5 November

The Friends of the Medical School were recently invited to a function at the Hunter Centre in Dunedin to thank them for their invaluable contribution to the training of our medical students during their ELM 2/3 studies. Over 250 of the volunteers from Dunedin met to talk to students and view the tutorial room displays and posters over afternoon tea. The Director of the ELM Programme, Assoc Professor Grant Butt along with Dr Hamish Wilson, Convenor of the HIC Programme module, thanked them for meeting with the ELM students as part of their healthcare in the community studies. Outgoing OUMSA President, Elizabeth Berryman spoke of her gratitude to the Friends, saying it was an extremely valuable learning experience for her and her classmates. For more detail about the Friends of the Medical School contact either Amara Boyd or Georgina McArthur.

Staff News

Welcome to Simon Paterson who has joined the Faculty of Medicine in the new role of MB ChB Information Management Officer. He will be reviewing our existing data systems, recommending improvements and implementing changes to our information management including for the MSOD project. Simon was previously employed as Finance Manager at the Department of Pathology, DSM. Simon is based in the Sayers Building.

We are sorry to see Kit Randel leave the Faculty later this month. Kit has been employed as Systems Administrator and IT Developer and has been instrumental in creating the newly developed on-line resource the Curriculum Map, as well as working on other Faculty projects and providing IT support. We wish Kit all the best for his future career in IT.

Philip Tilson whose previous title was Assistant Faculty Manager is now Manager ELM Programme.  Philip will still undertake the role to assist and deputise for the Faculty Manager but the new title reflects his primary role in managing operations and administration for ELM including staffing and finances and being a member of the newly established MB ChB Programme Operational Management Group.

Sarah Jutel’s title changes from Assessment Administrator, to MB ChB Assessment Manager to reflect development, leadership, oversight, coordination and implementation responsibilities following the recent assessment review. She will also have responsibilities for student information systems and the MSOD Project.

Further appointments to the Operational Management Group will be notified as they are made.

Upcoming Events

Visitor to the Faculty: Professor Molly Cooke – William Evans Visiting Fellow November 10-14, 2014

The University and Faculty of Medicine are fortunate to have Professor Molly Cooke as William Evans Visiting Fellow arriving soon. 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.  For details of Professor Cooke’s schedule of events and meetings contact: Karin Warnaar or your local Medical Education Advisor.

Is microscopy a tool in your research toolbox?

Then have a look at the Microscopy New Zealand 2015 Conference and its workshops to see how they might benefit you! Whether you identify yourself as a microscopist or not, this event offers opportunities to learn from leading international and national experts as well as a chance to ‘upskill’ through any of the six workshops on offer. A call for abstracts is open until November 7th and submissions are open to all fields of study. Support for students is available and registration fees are both affordable and inclusive. Come and join us as we celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Details: 2-6 February 2015, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Enquires +64 21 024 77554 or microscopy2015@anatomy.otago.ac.nz Event website: http://microscopy2015.otago.ac.nz/

Otago International Health Research Network – 7th Annual Conference, 12 & 13 November,  Dunedin

The Centre for International Health is the host of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN).  This conference is an opportunity to meet other researchers working across diverse disciplines in global health, discuss projects they have been working on and foster new collaborative efforts.  We currently have members and colleagues in many areas of the university including;

  • Geography,
  • Ecology,
  • Zoology,
  • Botany,
  • Humanities,
  • Art and Art history,
  • Economics,
  • Theology,
  • Anthropology and Archaeology,
  • as well,  the Divisions of Science and Health Sciences

For more information see the conference website:  http://www.otago.ac.nz/oihrnconference

 

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.

Contributions to mediNEWSotago are welcome, please contact: philip.tilson@otago.ac.nz