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mediNEWSotago March 2018

PeterCA Message from the Dean

Tēnā koutou kātoa

To all our staff and students-welcome back to 2018! I enjoyed welcoming our incoming second year class last week and it was a special pleasure to observe the diversity in the class. We are truly achieving our 'mirror on society' objective. The provisional statistics for the 2018 class are:

  • 192 HSFY category students ~70% of the domestic intake
  • 85 Graduate/Alternative category students ~30% of the domestic intake
  • 9 International students~3% of the total class
  • 55 students from the Rural subcategory~20% of the domestic intake
  • 161 female~55%
  • 131 male~45%
  • Pakeha~56% of the domestic intake
  • Pacific~9% of the domestic intake
  • Asian~19% of the domestic intake
  • Māori~20% of the domestic intake


(The ethnicity percentages total to slightly more than 100% because there is a small amount of overlap between ethnic categories.)

The opening ceremony for Te Kāika, the new iwi-led whānau ora centre in Caversham in the southern part of Dunedin, took place on 28 February. The medical clinic, dental clinic and health promotion services are fully operational and medical and dental students are busy seeing whānau and patients as part of their clinical attachments.

A major event on the OMS calendar this year is our ten-year Australian Medical Council accreditation visit 6-10 August 2018. Our portfolio is just about ready for submission. We will be visited in March by Professor Richard Hays who will take us through a dry run, and the formal AMC accreditation panel will visit all our campuses in August prior to writing their accreditation report. I thank all the many people who have been involved in preparing the OMS portfolio.

Once again, welcome to 2018.

Ngā mihi mahana

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

Other OMS News

New MB ChB Website for the Otago Medical Programme launched

OMS has recently launched a new website for the medical degree Its purpose is to collate links for all the practical information needed by those involved with the programme, including students and staff, and to make it easier for prospective students and their families and the wider community to find out how a medical degree is designed to produce the doctors of the future for all our communities. We encourage staff and students to contact us with feedback.

Medical Education Research Symposium – Save the Date

OMS staff are invited to attend our next Medical Education Research Symposium in Dunedin on 6 June 2018. Further details will be published on the Medical Education Research web pages as they are confirmed.

Welcome to our new Education Advisors for the OMS and new Associate Dean Medical Education for UOC.

The OMS is pleased to announce the recent appointments of new Education Advisors (EAs) to the Education Development Staff Support Unit (EDSSU). Each campus and ELM have a dedicated Education Advisor. The EAs are on nearly all the MCC subcommittees and CSCs and work closely with the campus Associate Dean Medical Education (ADME), Director of Education Development and Staff Support, other education advisers and academic staff of Otago Medical School in improving the learning and teaching environment for students through a positive and active relationship with teaching staff. EAs also assist with staff professional development (face to face meetings, representation on committees, running sessions, generating material etc.) and provide educational advice to inform curriculum development, including learning strategies, assessment strategies, and teaching methodologies. See the EDSSU web pages for more information.

Pictured below are our OMS EDSSU team: (left to right) Tehmina Gladman (UOW), Jon Cornwall (ELM), Joy Rudland (Director EDSSU), Anthony Ali (UOC) and Megan Anakin (DSM).


lutz BeckertWelcome to Professor Lutz Beckert as Associate Dean Medical Education (ADME) for UOC. The ADME is the MB ChB leader at each of the Schools that deliver the medical programme, convening the Curriculum Sub-Committee and providing a link between the Schools. Our newest ADME, Professor Lutz Beckert, has taken on the role after being a department head and module convener as well as clinician, researcher, and educator.

Pete Ellis 2018We are sorry to see Professor Pete Ellis, out-going ADME for UOW and Professor of Psychological Medicine, UOW, retire this year after over thirty years with the University and at the ALM CSC meeting on Friday, he was farewelled by colleagues at a lunch in his honour. There will be other opportunities to wish Pete all the best in his retirement over the coming weeks, but on behalf of the OMS we thank Pete for his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and the curriculum associated with the Otago Medical Programme as well as representing OMS in his many other responsibilities and roles nationally and internationally. 

For more news from around the Division of Health Sciences see the latest edition of PULSE