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AMSA congratulates Crazy Socks 4 Docs creator on AMA President’s Medal

Media release

26th May 2019

 

Australia’s future doctors are thankful for the contributions of Dr Geoff Toogood for his phenomenal efforts in physician mental health, which have shaped the culture we now benefit from: it is OK not to be OK.

Dr Toogood, a cardiologist from Melbourne, was last night presented with one of the AMA’s highest awards, the AMA President’s Award.

”Doctors are people first. Dr Toogood exemplifies humanity in medicine,” AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said.

 

”We wouldn't have the progress in mental health that we do now if it weren't for this one doctor’s courageous efforts.

 

”You have truly brightened the path for all doctors. Thank you.”

 

Dr Toogood has been a passionate and public advocate for doctors’ mental health and founded CrazySocks4Docs day – a day when doctors around the world are encouraged to share photos of their loud and mismatched socks on social media. CrazySocks4Docs is on the first Friday of June.

 

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, many of whom live with mental illness.

 

Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss

E: pro@amsa.org.au