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Medical staff at Peninsula Health recognised for their outstanding work

This week Peninsula Health celebrated the achievements of the next generation of medical professionals at the Junior Medical Officer Awards.

Congratulations to the below winners and to everyone who completed the 2017 intern program at Peninsula Health, achieving general registration.

2017 Junior Medical Officer Award Winners

Educator of the Year – Dr Navin Amarasinghe

The educator of the year is voted by the interns and recognises a supervisor that has made a significant contribution to the development of the intern group.

“Many interns commented on Navin’s genuine interest in teaching during ward rounds, making time to support doctors and provide feedback,” said Jade Watson, Medical Education Officer, when presenting the award alongside Director of Medical Services, Dr Tim Williams.

“Described as supportive, approachable and happy to teach, Navin has presented on topics during intern education sessions this year with great enthusiasm.”

Hospital Medical Officer of the Year – Dr Laura Schlink

This award is judged by supervisors and is based on clinical and diagnostic skills, general ability, punctuality, organisation, availability and participation, general demeanour and affability.

“Laura is currently working as a resident in obstetrics and gynaecology and has shown great dedication to a career in women’s health. Her supervisors spoke glowingly of Laura’s professionalism and dedication to her job, as well as her surgical and medical knowledge and skills. “

“Generous with her time, thoughtful, supportive, kind and friendly were words used repeatedly to describe Laura.”

Intern of the Year – Dr Thomas Davis

This award is judged by supervisors and is based on clinical and diagnostic skills, general ability, punctuality, organisation, availability and participation, general demeanour and affability.

“By all accounts, Thomas has displayed professionalism and maturity throughout his rotations in Psychiatry, Wonthaggi ED, Medicine, Frankston ED and Surgery.”

“His consultants have been consistently impressed with his enthusiasm, ability to manage high pressure situations, his willingness to learn and the caring approach he takes with patients.”

Colleague’s Choice Award – Dr Harmeen Kaur

For this award, interns and other colleagues vote for who they believe has been the most exceptional intern throughout the year.

“The responses from both colleagues and other interns nominating Harmeen for this award commented about her ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.”

“It was mentioned repetitively that Harmeen is responsible, has great attention to detail and well developed critical thinking.  Described as friendly and fun to work with, it’s obvious that Harmeen is a great asset to the health service and we look forward to her spending her general year with us in 2018. “Jade Watson said.  

Construction of the $15 million state-of-the-art Research and Education Centre at Frankston Hospital will begin this year. The centre will provide greater impetus for healthcare professionals to train and work at Peninsula Health.