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Saying thanks and saying goodbye

Last week we held our annual Western Sydney University (WSU) and University of Wollongong Teaching Awards and Student Farewell.

The Teaching Awards are a way of recognising and rewarding teaching and learning excellence within UCRH-supported clinical placements. They give us the opportunity to acknowledge the considerable time and effort many clinicians devote to enhancing the teaching and learning experience of our students.

This year’s Award recipients were:

Award for Teaching Excellence: Dr James Bull and Dr Richard Lucas (dual awardees)

Nominees included: Dr Charles Hew, Dr Tien Khoo and Dr Renwar Reben

Best Supervision by a Department or General Practice: Goonellabah Medical Centre

Nominees included: Lismore Base Hospital Haematology Department, North Coast Medical Centre, North Coast Psychiatry Department and Evans Head Medical Centre

Award for Excellence in Enhancing the Student Experience: Rodney Collins and Ballina General Medicine Team (dual awardees)

Our congratulations and thanks to all those who were nominated and to the winners.

UCRH welcomes medical students from both WSU and Wollongong as part of our role as host of the North Coast Medical Education Collaboration. We provide the students a comprehensive rural clinical experience during their placement with us. Over the course of a year, the students spend time learning from our academic leads across medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, critical care, mental health and general practice. They also learn from the real world settings in which they spend time, including hospital placements, community centres, General Practices and Aboriginal Medical Centres.

We wish all those students who have now completed their placements with us the best of luck in their career journeys, and we hope we have instilled in them a lasting love of rural life!