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AMSA Excellence in Teaching Awards 2019 #GoodDoctorsTeach

19 Dec 2019

The AMSA Excellence in Teaching Awards is an annual campaign celebrating great teachers in medical schools and hospitals around Australia. The winners of these awards are stand-out examples of a positive teaching culture who go above and beyond in educating their students and supporting their wellbeing. This year, we received so many inspiring nominations for the awards: Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Rural Education, Doctor-in-Training Excellence and Allied Health Excellence. 

AMSA is the peak representative body for the 17,000 medical students in Australia, and it thanks all the medical students who nominated an individual for the award and congratulates each winner. To engage in the campaign, use the hashtag #GoodDoctorsTeach and mention AMSA @yourAMSA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Excellence in Teaching

Professor Peter Carroll

Associated medical schools: University of Notre Dame Sydney, University of Sydney

Peter is Professor and Head of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at the Univers ity of Notre Dame, Sydney and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty ofMedicine and Health at the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital.

Peter is a very practical teacher who has the ability to present topics in a logical and easy to understand way, and his approach to teaching is to ensure that all students fully understand the topics being taught, and that no-one is left behind.

He truly cares for the wellbeing of his students, and he tries to engage them as much as possible in the teaching process. He is always willing to give extra tutorials for any students who are having difficulty in understanding the subject matter.

Apart from teaching Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Peter also discusses with students the importance of having a social consciousness, and he encourages them to always care for, and stand up for, those in the community who are less fortunate or vulnerable.

What students had to say about Professor Peter Carroll:

“Prof Carroll is the most accessible and passionate teacher we have.”

“Peter Carroll is dedicated to teaching his students to be not just good doctors but also good people.”

“Peter Carroll starts every single class with a slide on how we can inject some good into the world at large… His signature catchphrase "stick it in a neuron" has become legendary among our peers.”

Allied Health Excellence

Awarded posthumously to the late Janice Garvey

Associated medical school: University of Melbourne

It is a great honor as Jan’s family, husband Reon, daughter Rheanne and son Nicholas, for Jan to be receiving from the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Allied Health Excellence Award.

Jan was an extremely passionate, committed teacher and role model to all the students, she saw it as a privilege to tutor and pass on her wealth of experience and knowledge to the medical students. She was a very private person and would be embarrassed to be receiving the attention and accolades from the students she admired.  

Jan commenced her hospital based general nurse training in 1976 at the Albury Base Hospital. She Graduated in May 1979 with High Distinction and then returned to work at Albury Base Hospital where she held various roles.

In 1984, Jan spent 12 months at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne undertaking her Post Graduate Certificate in Critical Care, this would shape her career in years to come. She returned to the Albury Base Hospital in the critical care unit before transferring to the critical care unit at the Wodonga and District Hospital.  

Jan was looking for more challenges in her working career and began employment at the Albury/Wodonga Private Hospital as Critical Care Unit Manager.

In November 2001, she began her role as Nurse Educator with North East Health Wangaratta but in 2009 Jan changed position and found her true passion as a Medical Education Facilitator. She held this position until her untimely passing in October of this year. It was during this time that Jan received numerous Teaching Awards - she received Certificates for Excellence in Teaching - 6 times - in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015  

Jan career with North East Health spanned approximately 30 years when she first commenced casual employment post the birth of her two children.

To those who knew Jan, she was totally selfless who would put everyone before herself and had the most loving and caring heart. Jan is loved, remembered and missed immensely by her husband, children and her extended family.  

What students had to say about Janice Garvey:
“Jan taught me every clinical skill I know and she was always patient and kind and willing to watch us practice to ensure we felt confident before heading off to the wards.”

“Jan would consistently go above and beyond for all of her students, effectively becoming our Wangaratta mother. She was a fierce advocate for student wellbeing.”

“On top of all she taught us, she was happy for us to come and have a chat to her if we were having a hard time.”

Excellence in Rural Education

Dr Steven Bismire

Associated medical school: University of Melbourne

Steven is a long-term GP in Wangaratta North-East Victoria with previous procedural interests in Anaesthetics and Obstetrics

Steven has been an educator with the Rural Clinical School University of Melbourne since 2008 in the areas of ethical studies, clinical skills development, clinical supervision in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship and pre-registration tutoring over clinical years MD2 – MD4.

Currently, he supports students as the clinical sub-dean and Extended Rural Cohort hub educator at the Wangaratta campus.

Steven has a fulfilling personal life and is married with 3 adult children. He has on-going extra-curricular interests in golf, cycling, bush-walking, tennis and travel.

What students had to say about Dr Steven Bismire

“The most dedicated, intelligent and kind teacher I have ever had.”

“It is sometimes difficult and nostalgic for us to be away from home, however, he and the rest of the Wangaratta teaching team have made us feel that Wangaratta is more a second home.”

“In the absence of specialists available to metro hospitals, Steve became a dermatologist, rheumatologist, oncologist, all in the space of one afternoon.”


Doctor-in-Training Excellence

Dr Kane Treble

Associated medical school: Monash University

Dr Kane Treble graduated BBioMedSc with Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006 before going on to become a Paramedic with the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, obtaining his MBBS from Monash University in 2014. Following 3 years with Monash Health he commenced Emergency Medicine training spending 2 years at the Mildura Base Hospital Emergency Department. 

Following the birth of his child Xavier, Kane has moved to General Practice to spend time with his family as well as taking a more holistic view of medicine. In addition to General Practice he has particular interests in Emergency and Critical Care, Palliative Care and Medical Education also currently working as a Lecturer for Monash University School of Rural Health Mildura.

What students had to say about Dr Kane Treble:

“Kane has provided a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and, most importantly, support and encouragement for myself and my fellow classmates.”

“Kane strove at all times to be like family for us, and would frequently ask about our wellbeing.” 

“It was always reassuring that doctors like Kane hadn't forgotten the struggles of being a student, and would frequently reiterate the importance of self-care as paramount.”


AMSA wishes to congratulate all the nominees and winners and hopes that this recognition will encourage them to continue their teaching careers to inspire and support the next generation of doctors. #GoodDoctorsTeach

Published: 19 Dec 2019