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Dedicated Bay of Plenty doctors recognised

Tauranga Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Kate Grimwade and Whakatane Hospital Paediatrician John Malcolm who have received Clinical Educator Awards from the University of Auckland. Photo: Supplied

Two Bay of Plenty doctors have received recognition for their work teaching and mentoring the next generation of health professionals.

Tauranga Hospital Infectious Diseases Specialist Kate Grimwade and Whakatane Hospital Paediatrician John Malcolm are two of the five recipients of the annual Dennis Pickup Clinical Educator Awards from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

The annual awards recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession; role models to the next generation of health professionals.

Associate Dean of the University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Bridget Kool says they are fortunate to have such “dedicated” clinicians who are willing to share their clinical skills with students.

“These awards provide us with the opportunity to acknowledge that commitment. What makes them particularly special is that they reflect not only the high regard that is held by their colleagues but also their students.”

Kate says she was honoured to receive the award and paid tribute to her colleagues, the team providing the learning experience at the hospitals and patients.

“Our patients open their lives to our students at times when they are at their most vulnerable and in doing so, contribute to developing the next generation of practitioners.”

Her sentiments were shared by Dr Malcolm whose standing was likened by his peers to a kaumatua for his experience in paediatrics, wisdom and commitment to Māori health particularly for tamariki in rural areas.

“It’s a privilege to teach and share knowledge and skills with medical students. Through this kaupapa students deepen their understanding of health disparities and learn to address them. We’ve had students in the Eastern Bay who’ve contributed to research which is ultimately aimed at closing the gaps,” John says.

University of Auckland student numbers at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board have increased significantly from 10 6th year students in 2012, forecast to be 72 4th, 5th and 6th year medical students in 2021.

Other recipients of the 2020 Dennis Pickup Clinical Teacher Awards were Tracey Forward (Nursing), Adele Print (Pharmacy) and Kerry Atkinson.

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