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Dedication to learning nets junior doctor inaugural award

Dr Tim Smith has been voted by his peers as the best registrar in the Emergency Department (ED) at Frankston Hospital.

He is the first ever recipient of the accolade, which is named after the late Dr Mark Smith (no relation), recognising the ED registrar who best embodies a passion for teaching and learning, while also being a beacon of education within the department.

“This award means a lot to me – I’m very humbled and honoured,” says Tim.

“Mark has had a profound impact on my career, because he was one of the first people who inspired me to do emergency medicine. He taught me success in an Emergency Department is not only about using your common sense, but also showing a commitment to continually learn.”

Before his passing in April 2019, Dr Mark Smith worked across Frankston and Rosebud Emergency Departments for 18 years. During that time he earned a reputation as a mentor to many Emergency Medicine Trainees, who encouraged them to keep learning ‘beyond the four walls’ of the hospital.

In front of his ED colleagues, Dr Smith accepted the award from Mark’s family, represented by wife Diane and their children James, Tom and Emily.

Along with the recognition which comes from claiming a peer-voted award, the winner also receives a financial contribution to attend a conference or education event, to further their learning.

“Mark gave everyone here so much support leading up to exams, but for me, he was especially instrumental in preparing me for my primary exams,” says Tim.

“I began going to conferences and now it’s something I’m doing every year and it’s all because of him.”