Dunedin School of Medicine top teaching award-winner
Associate Prof Gerry Wilkins (left) and University of Otago
health sciences pro-vice-chancellor Prof Peter Crampton.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin heart specialist Associate Prof Gerry Wilkins won
his second supreme teaching award at the Dunedin School of
Medicine Teaching Awards at Dunedin Hospital yesterday.
The award is based on feedback from fourth and fifth-year
Prof Wilkins also won the senior staff award for quality in
teaching at the inaugural competition in 2004.
While modest about the award, Prof Wilkins said it recognised
the role of practical instruction in a medical education.
"It recognises the essential role of apprenticeship in
"Young doctors want to feel part of a team."
He teaches at all levels of the school.
Enthusiasm was an essential part of teaching well, he said.
Dunedin School of Medicine dean Dr John Adams said more
awards were given out this year, because many teachers were
Other school teaching awards were: Certificate for trainee
intern, Peter McLeod, Jenny Park, Wei Zhang; certificate to
house officer, Dr Greg Tarr; commended, Dr Kevin Chen, Dr
Steven Murugayah; certificate to registrar, Dr Kheman
Rajkomar; commended, Dr Che Siu Lim; dean's commendation to
Invercargill teaching staff, Dr Viliame Sotutu, Dr James
Faherty; certificate to the nursing team which provided the
best learning environment, 8C, 6A, fracture clinic; senior
staff commendations, Dr Kristin Kenrick, Dr Verne Smith, John
Matheson, Dr Blair Bermingham, Associate Prof Mark
Thompson-Fawcett, Associate Prof Cheu-kit Wong, Dr Ben
Brockway, Dr Wendy Busby.