The students took over the assessment last night, as Year 3 and 4 students at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Bundaberg held their annual Teachers Awards.
Year 3 students voted for their Teacher of the Year, which was awarded to Dr Luke McIntosh, with runner-up Dr Bee Kiat Ang.
Year 4 students voted for their Teacher of the Year, which was awarded to Dr Craig Mulhall. There was a tie for runner-up between Dr Vanessa Greig and Dr Isabel McLean.
All students also voted on Alumni of the Year, which was awarded to Dr Joshua Eeles.
Student chair for the awards ceremony was Elspeth Norton, who also shared the role of Year 4 student representative on the community advisory committee.
Elspeth completed both Year 3 and Year 4 at the school and is excited for the future, as she will be remaining at Bundaberg Hospital for her internship.
The proud tradition of the Rural Clinical School encouraging doctors to come back and live and work in Bundaberg is evidenced by this year’s winners of the Teachers’ Awards.
Both the third and fourth-year Teacher of the Year winners are former local students.
The Alumni of the Year Dr Joshua Eeles is also a former student.
Acting Director of the Bundaberg Rural Clinical School, Dr Denise Powell, spoke of the expert training students receive here in Bundaberg and thanked the students for trusting the Rural Clinical School staff and clinicians with their medical education.
Dr Powell spoke very warmly of all students who have been studying in Bundaberg and presented gifts and certificates to the fourth-year students: Adam Barrett, Jacob Christensen, Justin Hsieh, Brigid King, Andrew Ngan, Elspeth Norton, Clay Rowe, Christian Turton and Elise Witter. Shaiba Chatterjee was absent but warmly acknowledged.
Year 3 students were also presented with certificates of achievement, with special participation certificates going to students who have played an active part in the Teddy Bear Hospital, an initiative of the Rural Clinical School students to start the Ashintosh Foundation flagship program.
Next year 27 students are expected to study at the Rural Clinical School Bundaberg and enjoy the hospitality and lifestyle of the Bundaberg Region in first-class facilities.