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mediNEWSotago March 2015

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

A Message from the Dean

Tēnā koutou kātoa

Greetings to all staff and students. The year is now well underway, and promises to be a full and exciting one. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Medinews. Please read below for information about the name of the University of Otago Medical School, and for a list of recent senior promotions.

Nga mihi mahana

Professor Peter Crampton Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences & Dean, University of Otago Medical School

Name of the Medical School

The University Senate recently approved a recommendation from the Medical School to adopt the name University of Otago Medical School, in place of Faculty of Medicine, as the principal name of the Medical School. This name “University of Otago Medical School“, is inclusive of the Otago School of Medical Sciences, the Dunedin School of Medicine, and the medical components of the University of Otago Christchurch and the University of Otago Wellington. The University of Otago Medical School should be used in the Calendar, signage, marketing, correspondence etc.

By way of a historical note, the Otago Medical School began in or between 1875 and 1877 (Page 2008, p.25). It is one of the oldest and most well recognised parts of the University. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1891, consisting of “the Medical Professor and those members of the University and Hospital staff who gave lectures to medical students” (Page 2008, p.39).

There have been many structural and name changes over the past 139 years. For example, in 1995 the role of Dean of Faculty was separated from the role of AVC Health Sciences, and also the Otago Medical School in Dunedin was separated into the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Otago School of Medical Sciences. Early in the new millennium the Christchurch and Wellington schools were renamed University of Otago Christchurch and University of Otago Wellington respectively, and their role supporting and promoting the broader activities of the Division of Health Sciences was increasingly emphasised.

Page (2008, p.251) notes, in reference to organisational changes made in 1995, “The term ‘University of Otago Medical School’ was inclusive of both these [DSM and OSMS], as well as of the Wellington and Christchurch schools.” It is this use that we have reinstated as the main term by which to refer to the Medical School, in place of the Faculty of Medicine.

Page, D. (2008). Anatomy of a Medical School, A History of Medicine at the University of Otago 1875-2000, Otago University Press.

Promotions

I would like to congratulate staff who have recently received senior academic promotions:

 Professors

  • Lutz Beckert, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Warwick Duncan, Department of Oral Sciences, Dentistry
  • Chris Frampton, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Richard Gearry, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Leigh Hale, School of Physiotherapy
  • Rhonda Rosengren, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Kate Scott, Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Geoffrey Shaw, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Christchurch

 Associate Professors

  • Stephen Bunn, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Peter Fineran, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Patries Herst, Department of Radiation Therapy, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Julia Horsfield, Department of Pathology Department, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Keith Ireton, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Christine Jasoni, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Gill Johnson, School of Physiotherapy
  • Jonathan Leichter, Department of Oral Sciences, School of Dentistry
  • Ping Liu, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Brian Monk, Department of Oral Sciences, Dentistry
  • Suetonia Palmer, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Suzanne Pitama, Dean’s Department, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Ian Sammut, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Tai Sopoaga, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Simon Stebbings, Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Neil Waddell, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry

Research Associate Professors

  • Nigel Anderson, Department of Radiology, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Gabriele Dachs, Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch

Clinical Associate Professors

  • Jeremy Krebs, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Konrad Richter, Department of Surgical Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Catherine Stedman, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch

New Year Honours 2015

I would also like to warmly congratulate one of our past graduates who received recognition in the New Year Honours list for 2015.

Professor Sir Murray Brennan GNZM FACS, was made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine. Murray Brennan studied and taught at Otago 1960-1970, completing the following qualifications; BSc 1962, MBChB 1964, MD 1983, ChM (Distinction) 1983 and Hon DSc 1997.

Since 1985, he has chaired the department of surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the world’s oldest and largest specialist cancer institution. A world leader in research on sarcoma, endocrine tumours and pancreatic and gastric cancers, Murray joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering staff in 1981 after a decade of teaching and consulting at some of the most prestigious universities in the US.

This is a very worthy and very appropriate recognition of a lifetime of professional contribution to medical research and the University of Otago Medical School is very proud of his achievements as one of our most distinguished alumni.

To read more see the Otago Alumni pages:

http://alumni.otago.ac.nz/page.aspx?pid=773

 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

2015 Combined Heads of Department Meeting, Wellington 16-17 April

The Otago Medical School will be hosting its annual Combined Heads of Department meeting in Wellington this year. This important event will provide an opportunity for face-to-face networking, and to share information and debate policy issues.

For enquiries contact: Jacqui Bradshaw at medical.faculty@otago.ac.nz

21 April 2015, Health workforce research and policy: questions, conundrums and the road ahead

The programme for the forthcoming Health Workforce Research and Policy meeting on 21 April in Wellington has now been finalised. Over 25 abstracts were received, meaning that the organising committee was regrettably unable to accommodate many high quality and excellent proposals.

The Health Sciences Division is sponsoring this one-day symposium aimed at probing questions at the interface of health workforce research, teaching and policy. The symposium will feature a mix of policy-makers, including representatives from Health Workforce New Zealand, service providers and researchers. We hope for a lively series of presentations from Otago staff either presenting research into health workforce questions, including within specific professional training programmes and practice areas, or raising questions that demand a research or policy response. An intended outcome is a clear vision for health workforce research at Otago and beyond.

This event is being organised under a workforce research initiative in the Health Sciences Division. Committee members include: Joanne Baxter, Peter Crampton, Robin Gauld, Pauline Norris and Murray Thomson.

The programme for the meeting is can be DOWNLOADED HERE (PDF).

We would now like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in attending the meeting to RSVP to health.systems@otago.ac.nz. We hope on the day to be able to celebrate health workforce research at Otago, and probe various research, training and policy questions. The intended outcome is a clear vision for health workforce research at Otago.

We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Nga mihi mahana Professor Peter Crampton Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences & Dean, University of Otago Medical School

e you enjoy reading this edition of Medinews. Please read below for information about the name of the University of Otago Medical School, and for a list of recent senior promotions.

Nga mihi mahana

Professor Peter Crampton Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences & Dean, University of Otago Medical School

Name of the Medical School

The University Senate recently approved a recommendation from the Medical School to adopt the name University of Otago Medical School, in place of Faculty of Medicine, as the principal name of the Medical School. This name “University of Otago Medical School“, is inclusive of the Otago School of Medical Sciences, the Dunedin School of Medicine, and the medical components of the University of Otago Christchurch and the University of Otago Wellington. The University of Otago Medical School should be used in the Calendar, signage, marketing, correspondence etc.

By way of a historical note, the Otago Medical School began in or between 1875 and 1877 (Page 2008, p.25). It is one of the oldest and most well recognised parts of the University. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1891, consisting of “the Medical Professor and those members of the University and Hospital staff who gave lectures to medical students” (Page 2008, p.39).

There have been many structural and name changes over the past 139 years. For example, in 1995 the role of Dean of Faculty was separated from the role of AVC Health Sciences, and also the Otago Medical School in Dunedin was separated into the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Otago School of Medical Sciences. Early in the new millennium the Christchurch and Wellington schools were renamed University of Otago Christchurch and University of Otago Wellington respectively, and their role supporting and promoting the broader activities of the Division of Health Sciences was increasingly emphasised.

Page (2008, p.251) notes, in reference to organisational changes made in 1995, “The term ‘University of Otago Medical School’ was inclusive of both these [DSM and OSMS], as well as of the Wellington and Christchurch schools.” It is this use that we have reinstated as the main term by which to refer to the Medical School, in place of the Faculty of Medicine.

Page, D. (2008). Anatomy of a Medical School, A History of Medicine at the University of Otago 1875-2000, Otago University Press.

Promotions

I would like to congratulate staff who have recently received senior academic promotions:

 Professors

  • Lutz Beckert, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Warwick Duncan, Department of Oral Sciences, Dentistry
  • Chris Frampton, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Richard Gearry, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Leigh Hale, School of Physiotherapy
  • Rhonda Rosengren, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Kate Scott, Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Geoffrey Shaw, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Christchurch

 Associate Professors

  • Stephen Bunn, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Peter Fineran, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Patries Herst, Department of Radiation Therapy, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Julia Horsfield, Department of Pathology Department, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Keith Ireton, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Christine Jasoni, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Gill Johnson, School of Physiotherapy
  • Jonathan Leichter, Department of Oral Sciences, School of Dentistry
  • Ping Liu, Department of Anatomy, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Brian Monk, Department of Oral Sciences, Dentistry
  • Suetonia Palmer, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Suzanne Pitama, Dean’s Department, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Ian Sammut, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Otago School of Medical Sciences
  • Tai Sopoaga, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Simon Stebbings, Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Neil Waddell, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry

Research Associate Professors

  • Nigel Anderson, Department of Radiology, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Gabriele Dachs, Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch

Clinical Associate Professors

  • Jeremy Krebs, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Konrad Richter, Department of Surgical Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Catherine Stedman, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch

New Year Honours 2015

I would also like to warmly congratulate one of our past graduates who received recognition in the New Year Honours list for 2015.

Professor Sir Murray Brennan GNZM FACS, was made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine. Murray Brennan studied and taught at Otago 1960-1970, completing the following qualifications; BSc 1962, MBChB 1964, MD 1983, ChM (Distinction) 1983 and Hon DSc 1997.

Since 1985, he has chaired the department of surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the world’s oldest and largest specialist cancer institution. A world leader in research on sarcoma, endocrine tumours and pancreatic and gastric cancers, Murray joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering staff in 1981 after a decade of teaching and consulting at some of the most prestigious universities in the US.

This is a very worthy and very appropriate recognition of a lifetime of professional contribution to medical research and the University of Otago Medical School is very proud of his achievements as one of our most distinguished alumni.

To read more see the Otago Alumni pages:

http://alumni.otago.ac.nz/page.aspx?pid=773

 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

2015 Combined Heads of Department Meeting, Wellington 16-17 April

The Otago Medical School will be hosting its annual Combined Heads of Department meeting in Wellington this year. This important event will provide an opportunity for face-to-face networking, and to share information and debate policy issues.

For enquiries contact: Jacqui Bradshaw at medical.faculty@otago.ac.nz

21 April 2015, Health workforce research and policy: questions, conundrums and the road ahead

The programme for the forthcoming Health Workforce Research and Policy meeting on 21 April in Wellington has now been finalised. Over 25 abstracts were received, meaning that the organising committee was regrettably unable to accommodate many high quality and excellent proposals.

The Health Sciences Division is sponsoring this one-day symposium aimed at probing questions at the interface of health workforce research, teaching and policy. The symposium will feature a mix of policy-makers, including representatives from Health Workforce New Zealand, service providers and researchers. We hope for a lively series of presentations from Otago staff either presenting research into health workforce questions, including within specific professional training programmes and practice areas, or raising questions that demand a research or policy response. An intended outcome is a clear vision for health workforce research at Otago and beyond.

This event is being organised under a workforce research initiative in the Health Sciences Division. Committee members include: Joanne Baxter, Peter Crampton, Robin Gauld, Pauline Norris and Murray Thomson.

The programme for the meeting is can be DOWNLOADED HERE (PDF).

We would now like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in attending the meeting to RSVP to health.systems@otago.ac.nz. We hope on the day to be able to celebrate health workforce research at Otago, and probe various research, training and policy questions. The intended outcome is a clear vision for health workforce research at Otago.

We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Nga mihi mahana Professor Peter Crampton Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Health Sciences & Dean, University of Otago Medical School