Dr Elizabeth Kennedy wins AMSA National Teaching Award

Dr Elizabeth Kennedy from the University’s Shepparton Medical Centre has been honoured with one of four national teaching awards following Australia wide nominations from medical students.

Dr Elizabeth Kennedy

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), which represents the 17,000 medical students in Australia, announced the winners of the National Awards for Teaching Excellence in November.  We would like to congratulate the University of Melbourne’s Dr Elizabeth Kennedy, based in Shepparton, who was awarded Excellence in Rural Education, one of four national awards.

The AMSA National Awards are based on nominations from around the country, and represent students’ appreciation and recognition of teachers who have made an especially positive impact on their studies.

AMSA President Alex Farrell said the AMSA National Awards are the highest honour bestowed on a teacher by medical students across Australia.

“Although it is such an important part of the doctor’s role, the teaching culture across different hospitals varies widely,” Ms Farrell said.

“AMSA is proud to encourage a positive teaching culture within medicine. These awards are a fantastic way of showing students’ gratitude and appreciation to their nominated clinicians,” Ms Farrell said.

There are a number of award categories including excellence in teaching, excellence in rural education; teaching by a junior doctor; and teaching by a member of an allied health profession. AMSA received more than 90 nominations across the four categories.

Dr Kennedy has provided me with outstanding mentorship over 2018, cementing my passion for rural medicine [...]. She is consistently motivated to include students in the extracurriculars of the medical profession, including education events in the Goulburn Valley Region, attending Youth Forums regarding young women's health, and promoting student engagement in the community. She constantly provides me with the mentorship and support to strive for more, and to be the kind of person and doctor that is needed in a rural area. She constantly gives her medical knowledge, emotional support, and more to her patients, and I learn from her each and every day.” Krystal Green (University of Melbourne, Goulburn Valley Region)

We are very proud to have Dr Kennedy making such an incredible contribution to the education of our rural MD students.

Credit: AMSA media release, 21 November 2018 https://www.amsa.org.au/blog/australian-medical-students’-national-teaching-awards-winners-announced