Welcome to this issue of mediNEWSotago.
This edition has information about staff changes in the Faculty of Medicine office (and in particular the retirement of Glenda Stent), links to information from the Faculty of Medicine Heads of Department meeting held in Christchurch on 29/ 30 April, new processes for HRC funding, information about the Early Learning in Medicine programme, and calls for applications and nominations within the University for a range of awards.
If there is any information that you would like to be disseminated to the Faculty in mediNEWSotago, please contact Jacqui Bradshaw,Administrative Officer, Faculty of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Don Roberton
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, email@example.com
Changes in staffing, Faculty of Medicine Office
Retirement of Glenda Stent:
Glenda Stent has been the Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Medicine office since 1992. During this time she has been the backbone of many Faculty administrative activities for many years, and has been a friendly, helpful and welcoming face of the Faculty for students, staff and visitors during all of time she has been working with the Faculty.
In particular, Glenda’s expertise in administrative processes for course approvals, Faculty Board academic matters, timetabling, and administration for student course completions and graduations has been second to none.
On top of which, she has fantastic typing, shorthand and transcribing skills.
Glenda and husband Alan are moving to Christchurch to be closer to their family and grandchildren and to allow Alan to take up his new position with the University of Canterbury.
A Faculty farewell function was held for Glenda on Tuesday 5 May, attended by large numbers of staff. There were messages of thanks and good wishes for the future from many more staff from all four Schools in the Faculty – it really is the closing of an era with her departure.
Our best wishes and thoughts are with Glenda for her move and her retirement. Thank you for all your contributions over so many years.
Arrival of Jacqui Bradshaw:
Jacqui has commenced in Glenda’s role, and she and Glenda had a week of overlap to introduce Jacqui to the position. Jacqui has had a long history of involvement with the University: she has worked previously in a number of University Departments as well as the University Registry.
It is a great pleasure to welcome Jacqui to the Faculty Office.
She can be contacted in the Faculty Office in Dunedin on (03) 479 7454, and by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
New position of Assistant Faculty Manager:
With the expansion in activities in the Faculty, including increasing student enrolments in medicine, further medical curriculum development, increased Faculty staffing numbers, increasing budgetary responsibilities, and increasing postgraduate student enrolments, the Faculty has made an appointment to the position of Assistant Faculty Manager to support the role of Bruce Smith, Faculty Manager.
Following advertisement of the position, Philip Tilson has been appointed. Philip will be known to many in the Faculty from his previous administrative support role for the Early Learning in Medicine years 2 and 3 Integrated Cases Learning programme.
Philip has a wide range of skills, including electronic newsletters, Blackboard facilities, and medical illustration (one of his past roles was as Acting Head of Medical Illustration at the University of Cambridge in the UK).
It is a pleasure to welcome Philip to this position in the Faculty. He can be contacted on email@example.com
Faculty of Medicine Heads of Department meeting, Wednesday 29/Thursday 30 April:
The annual Faculty of Medicine Heads of Department meeting was held in Christchurch on Wednesday 29 April and Thursday 30 April at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
On Wednesday morning, prior to the commencement of the meeting overall, a number of discipline groups and curriculum groups held informal information sharing meetings. Some of the groups meeting were the Associate Deans for Medical Education from each of the Schools, the Vertical Integration of Foundation Sciences Working Party, the Medical Education Committee years 4 and 5, the Heads of Departments of Medicine, and the Heads of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
These informal meetings are an important opportunity for our Schools and Campuses to share ideas and initiatives, and will become a regular part of the annual Faculty Heads of Department meetings.
Invited speakers at the Heads of Department meeting were Professor Lou Landau, Chair of the Australian Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (speaking on developments in Australia for educational support structures for the immediate postgraduate years PGY1 and PGY2, and the Australian Junior Doctors Curriculum Framework (http://www.cpmec.org.au/Page/acfjd-project),
Mr Ron Paterson, Health and Disability Commissioner (speaking on Issues in medical practice and training of medical students), and the Vice Chancellor, Professor David Skegg.
Notes from the Heads of Department meeting and copies of Powerpoint presentations are available, using University passwords, on the Faculty of Medicine website: Hod’s Notes and Powerpoints April 2009
New processes for Health Research Council funding:
During the last 6 months, the Health Research Council has been considering changes to its processes for the annual cycles of HRC competitive grant funding. Robin Olds, Chief Executive of the HRC, has held consultation meetings at each of our campuses and throughout the country. It is planned to have two stage application processes in the future, with initial short proposals, followed by assessment and invitations for submission of full proposals. There will limits on the maximum funding for Project grants ($400,000 annually to a maximum of three years ($1.2 million in total for a project grant)), and for Programme grants ($1 million annually to a maximum of five years ($5 million in total for a Programme grant). There will no longer be the necessity to have Project grants as part of Programme grants – Programme applications will be stand-alone applications)).
It is planned to introduce the new processes over the next two years: the two stage application process (initial proposal followed by full proposal on invitation) will be in place for applications for grant funding to be awarded in 2010.
Further information is available from the HRC website:
- Revision of annual funding round investment model
- Copy of the presentation by Robin Olds on the new funding and assessment model
Early Learning in Medicine Roadshow:
The Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) team were in Christchurch last week to provide seminars on the content and format of the programme to assist those who are further developing the Advanced Learning in Medicine curriculum at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
A compendium with details of the ELM programme is available to staff in the Faculty, hard copies of the guide can be obtained from the Faculty office, or downloaded from the MEG Website. Planning is in process for similar presentations at the University of Otago, Wellington, and also for the Dunedin campus.
Regular newsletters are available on the Faculty website for the Early Learning in Medicine programme.
SPARC – Community Healthcare Day
A new initiative this year was a very successful daylong Healthcare in the Community student assessment clinic at the Dunedin Town Hall in conjunction with SPARC. See the next ELM Newsletter for more details.
Calls for applications:
University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal award for 2009.
Applications have been called for nominations for the University of Otago Distiguished Research Medal award for 2009. This is open for any academic staff member of the University who holds an appointment at the level of Research Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professorial Research Fellow, Research Professor or Professor.
Applications and supporting statements should reach the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) no later than 1 July 2009.
Further information is available by clicking on University of Otago Forms and Guidelines web site, Distinguished Research Medal.doc
University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Five awards of $5,000 each are available in 2009. These are available to full time academic staff who have been at Otago for at least two years to July 1 2009, and have held an academic appointment at this and other Universities for less than 6 years in total. Nominations are to be submitted to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) through the nominee’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor by 1 July 2009. Further information is available by selecting University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research at the University of Otago Forms and Guidelines website.
RCPA Scholarships in Pathology for Medical Schools.
One scholarship for AUD$2,000 is available annually to the parent medical school of every university in Australia and New Zealand (where there is more than one main campus at a university there will be an award for each campus), two scholarships of AUD$1,000 each to the University of Papua New Guinea and one each for Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong to the value of AUD $1,000 each. The scholarship is offered for a project associated with pathology and designed for the duration of one elective term or the duration of the Bachelor of Medicine (or equivalent) degree course.
Application forms with guidelines are available on the RCPA website (public and members)
• Log on to the website or go to public website
• Select “About the College” tab
• Select “Awards and Scholarships” then “Other Awards” and click on
‘RCPA Scholarships in Pathology for Medical Schools’ for information/application
• Alternatively contact Tracey Barrett on (02) 8356 5818 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for these scholarships for 2009 is 31 May 2009.
Applications for Rhodes and Woolf Fisher scholarships.
These scholarships are two of the most prestigious scholarships available for students as they move to early postgraduate study.
Information is available at:
• Rhodes: http://www.nzvcc.ac.nz/scholarships/rhodes
• Woolf Fisher: http://www.nzvcc.ac.nz/scholarships/woolffisher
The closing date for applications for the three Rhodes scholarships available is 1 August 2009, and the closing date for the three Woolf Fisher scholarships also is 1 August 2009.
Further information from intending applicants is available from the Office of Graduate Research Services Executive Assistant, Susan Craig (email@example.com).