Faculty clinical teaching awards for 2013

27 June 2013

This week the faculty celebrated excellence in clinical teaching with the presentation of the Dennis Pickup Clinical Educator Awards. These awards are made annually to clinical teachers who are judged by staff and students of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences to have made an outstanding contribution to medical, nursing or pharmacy education in Auckland. These awards recognise clinicians and/or practitioners who give their time to assist in the education of the next generation of New Zealand health professionals.

The 2013 Dennis Pickup Teaching Award recipients are:

  • Dr David Adams (School of Medicine) who is a surgeon at Counties Manukau DHB, and a valued and respected clinical teacher at the South Auckland Clinical Campus. Professor John Fraser, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, said Dr Adams has had formal training in clinical teaching and is known as an excellent and reflective clinical teacher who has always viewed teaching as a fundamental aspect of medical practice and has interwoven teaching with clinical experience throughout his career.  Dr Adams also served for 12 years (three as Chairman) on the NZ Subcommittee of the RACS Board in General Surgery, the body that oversees selection and training of general surgical trainees in New Zealand.  He remains involved with College training issues in a more general sense as an elected member of the National Board of the College.
  • Dr Neil Anderson , a neurologist at Auckland DHB. Dr Anderson has contributed clinical tutorials on the examination of the nervous system, lectures, clinical patient demonstrations and problem solving sessions with the MBChB III programme and served as the clinical methods coordinator and set up the clinical methods course when it was revised in 1999. In MBChB years 4-6, he had presented numerous lectures and clinical (bedside) teaching sessions in neurology at Auckland and Middlemore Hospitals. Professor Fraser described Dr Anderson as a ‘tireless and dedicated contributor to the medical programme with his numerous and invaluable contributions spanning every aspect of neurology teaching from the third to sixth years of the MBChB programme.” In his acceptance speech, Dr Anderson stressed the point that bedside examination techniques remain for him one of the most important aspects of patient care, a point he stresses to his students.
  • Mrs Pip Brown from the School of Nursing, who works in Haematology and Oncology at Auckland DHB and who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and excellence in clinical teaching of the post-graduate cancer nursing course in the School of Nursing. Pip’s professional and innovative approach to clinical teaching had involved a focus on active learning with strong links to everyday practice to bring the course content “alive” for students.  Her efforts had enabled the University to contribute to the development of a challenging and valuable cancer care pathway for nurses nationally, building students’ skill, knowledge and clinical reasoning in this specialty. Professor Fraser: “Pip draws on her wealth of experience, skill and knowledge of practice in this specialty area to lead an excellent, cutting-edge course.  Pip is an excellent clinical teacher who is highly respected by clinical colleagues, faculty and students as an expert clinician in her field”.
  • Mrs Philippa Keast , an Auckland community pharmacist who was nominated for an award by the faculty’s School of Pharmacy who has since 2003 mixed her work in external practices with teaching in community pharmacy practice at the School of Pharmacy since 2003. Philippa provides support and guidance to students at undergraduate level when they attend clinical placements and then post-graduation, and on to intern pharmacists.  Philippa was conscientious and meticulous in her preparation for teaching sessions and following up on students’ queries and questions, said Professor Fraser.  The students appreciated her confident, but steady and calm presence and knew that she would give a reliable, realistic viewpoint based in personal experience.

The awards are named for Dennis Pickup, a previous CEO of the forerunner to the Auckland District Health Board and former Managing Director of Tourism Holdings and Lion Nathan. These awards celebrate the role Dennis played in establishing the enduring partnership between the University and the ADHB.