University lecturer wins medical teaching award

Dr Hugh Kildea

Dr Hugh Kildea
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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

University of Adelaide medical lecturer Dr Hugh Kildea has been awarded the inaugural Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) National Teaching Award.

Dr Kildea, a general practitioner and Medical School Clinical Skills Coordinator, was honoured for his outstanding commitment to the education of medical students.

The University of Adelaide lecturer has pioneered an Australian-first student tutoring rotation that emphasises the role of senior medical students and junior doctors in clinical skills tuition for junior medical students.

AMSA President Ross Roberts-Thomson said that Dr Kildea's commitment to medical education and teaching was exemplary.

"This is the highest honour that Australia's medical students can bestow upon any teacher. Dr Kildea is an outstanding doctor and teacher, and thoroughly deserving of this award," he said.

Dr Kildea has created a nationally recognised clinical skills program, introducing Year 1 and Year 2 medical students to the world of clinical medicine using innovative approaches to teaching. These include peer feedback and early exposure to learning.

He is also an avid supporter of rural health.

President of the Adelaide Medical Students' Society Sam LaBroome said that to measure Dr Kildea's impact on student learning based purely on his CV would fail to account for his immeasurable impact on the University's student body outside of the classroom.

"His quick wit, light-hearted nature and genuine interest in students has seen him become not only well respected, but well loved by the entire student body.

"Adelaide's medical students are extremely proud of Dr Kildea's work and success," said Mr LaBroome.


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