Message from the Head of School

Dear colleagues,

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend, and that you and your families are keeping well as we enter the winter months. It has been a busy period in the Melbourne Medical School (MMS) since my last update.

I am delighted to congratulate our outstanding colleagues who were recognised for their distinctive contribution to scholarship and the wider community in the King’s Birthday Honours list. I am continuously amazed by the talent within the Melbourne Medical School, and I would like to thank each recipient for their incredible and tireless work.

I hope some of you had the opportunity to attend the 2023 University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Conference where Professor Anna Ryan, Head of the Department of Medical Education, delivered an insightful keynote presentation. Professor Ryan’s presentation titled Assessment innovations – what does it take to make transformative change? provided a detailed case report of the transition from traditional to programmatic assessment. Congratulations to Anna on such an engaging presentation.

I am also pleased to congratulate Associate Professor Caroline Johnson from the Department of General Practice and Primary Care, and Dr Wonie Uahwatanasakul from the Department of Paediatrics who are the MMS Directors of Clinician-Educator Pathways, for receiving the 2023 GEM Scott Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowship will support their project Clinician-Educator Pathways: Creating a Community of Practice and pathways for career progression. I wish them the very best for a successful project and look forward to seeing this applied across the MMS.

I was delighted to attend the Faculty Leadership Conference in May at Cape Schanck to discuss the future of health, and current and future challenges. Much brainstorming about the Faculty’s role and contributions to the healthcare workforce of the future took place as well as lively debate on the position AI may have in all of our futures.

The School Executive team and I have been thinking deeply about strategic planning for MMS. We are currently establishing our strategic foundations for 2023 in consultation with David Bowering from CLA Solutions which, in time, will form our School’s strategic plan. As part of our consultations, we have already held two in-person workshops for the School Executive team and there will be a session at our upcoming MMS Planning Meeting to link in with our key health service and institute partners for their input.

The MMS Planning Meeting will take place on Monday 10 July and in addition to the session on strategic foundations, there will also be a session on cross-disciplinary learning and teaching collaborations. This session will be led by Professor Frederic Hollande the Deputy Head of School and Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology and Professor Liz Molloy, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching. I look forward to an engaging discussion and welcome the opportunity for the involvement of staff across the MMS over the coming months.