Junior Doctor of the Year and Clinical Educator of the Year
The Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC) acknowledge junior doctors and clinical educators across Australia and New Zealand for their major contribution to prevocational medical education and training annually.
Through a two-tiered selection process, jurisdictional winners are selected for each award and from this group an overall Trans-Tasman winner will be announced. Our congratulations go to the South Australian jurisdictional winners this year.
2022 JUNIOR DOCTOR OF THE YEAR
Dr Jerida Burgess, RMCLHN
Dr Burgess is recognised for “significant contributions to the education and training of junior doctors in RACE* the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence pathway in the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN)”. We asked Dr Burgess to tell us a little of her story, and plans -
I was born in Wollongong, NSW, and went to high school in Adelaide. I think moving when I was young made me more open and confident to relocate for rural placements throughout medical school and ultimately to live and work in the Riverland as a part of the inaugural year of interns at the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence (RACE).
When deciding on a profession I aimed to find a career that enabled me to contribute to society in a way that fitted my personal skills and my interests. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished high school, so I took a gap year and worked in a job that I didn't particularly enjoy.
However, it taught me a lot and helped me realise what I did want in a career. In my gap year I missed studying, in particular biology, and realised I wanted a career with a focus on life-long learning. I also realised I wanted a job that centred around interaction with people. I considered a number of career pathways in health before deciding I wanted to be a doctor.
After spending so many years at university in study, it is now exciting to feel like I am starting the journey of being able to contribute. I am passionate about rural healthcare, so having the opportunity to be involved in RACE (a new trial training program for junior doctors, to help address rural workforce shortages) right from the start is a unique component of my early career.
My career is only six months old, so I am really excited about the broad options still open to me. I really enjoy working and living rurally and that is central to my career plan. I aim to have a varied career, where I am always learning. In addition to clinical work, I would like to find a way to contribute to the health of a larger population than I can see in a clinic on a day-to-day basis. That may be through, research, education, policy development or administrative roles, or hopefully, a mix of the above.
* RACE is a new trial training program for junior doctors, to help address rural workforce shortages
2022 CLINICAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Dr Niloofar Safaie Yazdi, NALHN
Dr Safaie Yazdi is “incredibly focused on junior doctor welfare and has worked with the Executive Director of Medical Service to improve facilities for junior doctors, provide welfare support and reduce fatigue”. Dr Safaie Yazdi's story begins in Iran -
I was born in Mashhad, Iran and from second year of medical school I developed an interest in research and education. Early on, I started teaching research methodology workshops and bedside tutorials to medical students.
After working for a few years, my husband and I decided to move to Australia, to explore the opportunities in Australia. Some of my friends were doctors in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and shared their positive experiences with me, so in 2020 I started my role as an RMO in NALHN.
Since I always had a passion for radiology and medical education, I started my role as medical education registrar with NALHN Medical Services Directorate in 2021 and worked with their amazing team. I started Radiology training in August 2022.
To be completely honest I chose medicine to be able to work on cancer and biotechnology research after graduation, but during medical school I found an interest in radiology, which shifted my career path. I am interested in minimally-invasive alternatives for procedures, and that is my passion for my future career.
I am hoping to become a neurointerventional radiologist and continue my academic role with the University of Adelaide. I hope to participate with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) in their educational programs for registrars.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following nominees for their significant accomplishments in medical education and training:
Nominees for the Junior Doctor of the Year Award
Dr Alisha Panwar (NALHN)
Dr Lewis Hewton (SALHN)
Nominees or the Clinical Educator of the Year Award
Dr Anugrah Chrispal (SALHN)
Dr Hamish Eske (RMCLHN)
A presentation to the jurisdictional winners and overall winners will take place at the 2022 Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum
20 – 23 November, National Wine Centre, Adelaide
Join us to hear insightful presentations from expert speakers, abstract-reviewed sessions and participate in workshops. Our venue borders the stunning surrounds of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Early bird registrations for the Forum close 19 September, have you registered? Discover more about the venue and program by watching this video, and share it with your team via
Nimmo Visiting Professor – Associate Professor Christine Jackman is guest presenter at the next meeting of the SA Medical Education Interest Group, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday 20th September at Barr Smith South room 2020 in the University of Adelaide.
Assoc Prof Jackman has worked extensively in South Australia and Victoria, and in Northern and Western Queensland. She is a senior simulation facilitator and trainer at Alfred Health, and has been involved in medical and interprofessional training at all levels of experience from student to senior practitioner.
Assoc Prof Jackman will be speaking on ‘Designing Education Programs - Does teaching always equal learning?’
University of Adelaide, enter via Frome Road. Light refreshments provided. Wilson Parking off Frome Street just $5 flat rate, enter after 4pm and car park open all night.
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The SA MET Unit recently hosted an info session on Virtual Reality (VR)
The session, organised by the Virtual Simulation Community of Practice (VCoP), was led by NSW Health surgical registrar Dr Nish Krishnananthan, who has developed VR medical simulation software through his company Vantari VR. Find out more about VCoP by emailing the SA MET Unit
Have you completed the survey?
South Australian interns and IMGs will be emailed a survey link from the Medical Board of Australia and all other doctors in training can complete the MTS when they renew their medical registration. The MTS is open during the medical registration renewal period from 1 August to 8 October 2022. More information
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