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mediNEWSotago August 2017

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

A Message from the Dean

Tēnā koutou kātoaPeterC

Welcome to the August edition of Medinews. Many staff members are contributing to the process of preparing the background documentation for our ten-year AMC accreditation visit, scheduled for the latter part of 2018. Thank you for your contributions to this very important event.

You may be aware that Otago is participating in a very exciting joint national collaborative proposal for a National School of Rural Health. The proposal builds on the Division of Health Science’s Rural Health Strategy. The proposal is focused on setting up, initially, ten rural health professional training hubs in partnership with rural communities around the country. The collaboration includes a number of universities, polytechnics, the RNZCGP and other organisations. The educational model is based around the principles of interprofessional education. The proposal is now being considered by officials from the Tertiary Education Commission, Treasury and the Ministry of Health. Ultimately the Ministers of Health and Tertiary Education will make a decision about the future of the proposal.

I know Gordon Sanderson’s many friends and colleagues will join me in mourning his recent passing. Our thoughts, sympathies and love are with Gordon’s family.

Peter Crampton, Dean OMS and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences Division.

Staff news

I am very pleased to announce the re-appointment of Associate Professor Grant Butt to the position of Associate Dean & Director Early Learning in Medicine Programme. Grant will continue in this role for a further term until 7 February 2020. The Otago Medical School Executive looks forward to a second term for Grant and the ongoing development of the Centre for Early Learning in Medicine as a focal point for staff and students.

I am also very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kelby Smith-Han to the position of Medical Education Research Academic Lead. This is a fixed-term position for two years, until 21 June 2019. Kelby is based in Dunedin but will be contacting staff on all campuses in due course. This new role has been established to lead, foster and coordinate medical education research activities within OMS across all schools and campuses. We are aware of many pockets of research activities related to medical education but we need to coordinate this better and to foster those researchers who are considering potential projects. Time will be split between undertaking research, developing strategies to enhance medical education research across the OMS and coordinating the activities required to implement the strategy.

The Centre for Early Learning in Medicine (CELM) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Roshan Perera, to the position of Convenor, Clinical Skills. Roshan is currently Senior Lecturer and Clinical Skills Advisor at the UOW campus and has a wealth of experience in the area of clinical skills and medical education. Her PhD and earlier research focused on health services in New Zealand and has combined her academic career with 12 years of experience in clinical practice in both general practice and hospital settings. She is also a member of the MB ChB Clinical Skills Sub-Committee and convener of the Clinical Reasoning Working Party. Roshan commences her new role on 25 September. 

Other News: 

Module Conveners' Meeting 23 June 2017_modcons-4b

A very successful combined meeting of MB ChB programme's module conveners took place recently in Christchurch. Held off-campus for the first time, this year’s meeting for MB ChB module conveners drew over 60 conveners to the Tait Technology Centre in Christchurch. A good mix from across the programme, including its smaller sites and MB ChB development and management staff, spent the day working in groups of varying sizes on key aspects of the medical programme. Professor Tim Wilkinson, Dr MaryLeigh Moore and Dr Mike Tweed presented on the role of the module convener, the curriculum map, and programmatic assessment respectively; presentations were followed by wide-ranging breakout discussions. Networking and exchanging ideas is always the key benefit to conveners of this event, and rotating groups this year broadened each convener’s exposure to their peers. Reporting back in larger groups allowed for reinforcement of key issues and concerns for MCC follow-up, and the day finished with an opportunity to pursue areas of personal interest. Thanks to all those who took the time out of their schedules to take part, and for their considered input.



Above: OMS Module Convenors at this year's combined meeting in Christchurch.

New Zealand Medical Student Journal

The June 2017 issue included editorials on the proposal for a third medical school in New Zealand.

The latest issue of the NZMSJ can be viewed here: NZMSJ Issue 24 June 2017 (link to website)

Staff Vacancies - OMS

Education Adviser, Centre for Early Learning in Medicine

The Centre for Early Learning in Medicine, OMS, is seeking applications for the position of Education Adviser. 
If you are interested, please go to the University job vacancies page for more information and to apply online:

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer - Education Adviser

Applications close on Friday 21 August.

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