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. Throughout the last 12 months we have seen a remarkable number of Trainee Medical Officers and Educators use creativity, innovation, and tenacity to enhance prevocational medical education and training.
Using a two-tiered selection process, jurisdictional winners are selected for each award and from this group an overall Trans-Tasman winner will be announced. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following nominees for their significant accomplishments in medical education and training.
2023 South Australian Junior Doctor of the Year
Dr Harry Gaffney
Dr Gaffney has significantly contributed to education and training in the Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) and the wider community through project work, publications, and speaking at several conferences and podcasts. He has even had time to write and publish a children’s book to inspire children to understand how their body works. Dr Gaffney is passionate about education and training and advocates for rural healthcare junior doctors Australia-wide by liaising with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) on how to improve the rural health workforce and rural patient health outcomes.
2023 South Australian Clinical Educator of the Year
Dr Hamish Eske
Dr Hamish Eske has contributed to the education of junior doctors substantially and improved education and training opportunities in rural and remote locations. Dr Eske is an extremely in demand rural clinician with extraordinary demands on his time, however he has made medical education of PGY1 and PGY2 doctors a priority by taking on the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) role with the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence (RACE) in the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN). He is a role model of excellence in rural medical practice and his investment in JMO education and professional development is appreciated by the junior doctor cohort.
We would also like to recognise the following 2023 nominees for their ongoing contributions to medical education and training:
- Dr Joshua Kovoor (CALHN) nominee for Junior Doctor of the Year
- Dr Vienna Tran (LCLHN) nominee for Junior Doctor of the Year
- Dr Vaishali Padhye (SALHN) nominee for Clinical Educator of the Year
|Dr Jerida Burgess
2022 South Australian Junior Doctor of the Year
Dr Burgess is recognised for “significant contributions to the education and training of junior doctors in RACE” the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence pathway within the RMCLHN.
|Dr Niloofar Safaie Yazdi, NALHN
2022 South Australian Clinical Educator of the Year
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 Shihab Siddiquee
Dr Samuel Gluck
|Dr Andre Tran
2020 South Australian Junior Doctor of the Year
Intern at SALHN, Dr Tran has made an outstanding contribution to medical student teaching in the hospital setting and has also been awarded Clinical Associate Lecturer of the year by the Adelaide Simulation Centre.
Dr Jarrod Marks
For further information and to view more past winners, visit the CPMEC website.