University of Otago BMedSc (Hons) award recipients include (front, from left) Gina Wilson, Amy Okamura-Kho, Erika Sirisomboonwong, Sean Bennett; (middle) Lucy Sulzberger, Emily Dwight, Peter Meffan, Jordan Gibbs, Kieran Bunn; (back) Dean Ramage, Terrence Reilly, Sebastian Ang, Nick McIntosh, Ursula Poole and Hayden Donnelly. Photo by Peter McIntosh
Doctors should remain aware of scientific research throughout
their clinical careers, Prof Peter Crampton, of the
University of Otago, has emphasised.
Prof Crampton, who is dean of the University of Otago Faculty
of Medicine, made that point during a recent talk to a group
of 15 medical students who have opted to undertake bachelor
of medical science honours studies for a year during their
The highly influential Flexner Report, which reformed and
strengthened medical education in the United States and
Canada early last century, had highlighted the importance of
scientific research in medical education, he noted.
Such influences remained in medical education today, and the
Otago Medical School also emphasised the close ''relationship
between science and the clinical process''.
He urged the medical students not only to enjoy the year of
research which lay ahead, but also to consider the
''wonderful careers'' available to academic doctors, who
included university teaching with their clinical work.
In the interests of medical education, it was important to
maintain a supply of future university medical teachers and
researchers, he said.
The following students received BMedSc scholarships: Maurice
and Phyllis Paykel Trust Research Award in Medical Sciences,
$8000, Kieran Bunn, Ursula Poole, Dean Ramage; Tassell
Scholarship, $8000, Lucy Sulzberger; Faculty of Medicine
Scholarship, $5000, Emily Dwight, Sebastian Ang, Sean
Bennett; Nick McIntosh, Peter Meffan, Hayden Donnelly, Jordan
Gibbs, Terrence Reilly, Campbell MacLachlan, Amy Okamura-Kho,
Philip Allan, Ranui Baillie; Marcus Fitchett and Reginald
Medlicott Scholarship, $5000, Erika Sirisomboonwong; L.F.
Hall Scholarship, $5000, and A.F.J. Mickle Scholarship, $600,