The work of two ANU Bega Rural Clinical School teachers was recognised at an awards presentation last week. ANU Medical School Excellence in Medical Education Awards were awarded in Canberra to Dr Sam Tormey and Dr Mark Oakley.
Dr Tormey GP, Visiting Medical Officer at South East Regional Hospital, received a Teaching Excellence in a Rural Setting award, while Dr Oakley received the inaugural Teacher of the Year award.
Dr Oakley has made a significant contribution to the ANU Bega Rural Clinical School over many years and was involved in setting up the Bega node in 2003.
Over this time, 49 students have participated in the rural stream program in Bega, many of whom have returned to the Bega Valley to either continue their medical training or to practice medicine.
Students spend the academic year rotating through the Bega Valley Medical Practice, Sapphire Coast Medical Practice, Sapphire Clinic and local hospitals, mentored by local GPs.
Dr Oakley retires from his position as academic coordinator at Bega this month.