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Summer Studentship Winners Announced

Summer Studentship Winners Announced

The Medical Council today announced the four successful applicants for its summer studentships 2002/2003. This is the eleventh year that the studentships have been held, giving four New Zealand medical students the chance to win $5000 each.

The studentships aim to raise medical students’ awareness of the work of the Medical Council and the qualities of medical practitioners, which contribute to the highest standards of medical ethics, conduct and care of patients. In order to win a studentship, medical students must submit a plan, in consultation with a supervisor, on a topic that takes standards, ethics, conduct and care of patients into account.

Past successful topics have included: “Education to Promote Health in Doctors”, “Trust in the Doctor/Patient Relationship”, “The Pattern of Self-medication among New Zealand General Practitioners” and “Review of the Attitudes of the Treaty of Waitangi in Sixth Year Medical Students”.

This year’s successful applicants were:

Wayne Hsueh, 4th year student at Christchurch School of Medicine, “What evidence-based interventions promote rural practice?” Nicholas Fancourt, 2nd year, Otago University, “The attitudes and beliefs of medical students towards ethics in medical training” Sarah Parker, 4th year Otago, University, “The hidden curriculum in medical education” Melanie Lauti, 3rd year, Otago University, “Obstetricians’ and Midwives’ Perception of their Role in Identification and Management of Family Violence.”

Students send a progress report on their topic to the Medical Council in January 2003, with a completion date slated for March 2003, when the topic is presented to the Council.

Tony Baird, President, Medical Council says: “We had a range of diverse topics presented to us this year, with an increasingly high standard of work being produced by New Zealand medical students. The Medical Council is delighted to be able to support the lives of medical students with this financial contribution.”

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