Role of the Academy
The role of the Academy is to promote excellence in clinical teaching and professional engagement with the University's health sector colleagues. The Melbourne Medical School supports the Academy's activities by publishing the Academy Roll on the School website, hosting engagement activities and involving Members and Fellows in the School's clinical teaching training programs.The Academy was launched in August 2013 with a presentation to 29 Fellows and 22 Members. Recipients were recognised for the important leadership role they played in teaching clinical skills to medical students. We congratulate all award recipients and record our ongoing gratitude for the vital role clinical teachers play in the education of our students.
Acadamy of Clinical Teachers categories of membership
1. Have made a substantial and valued contribution to the University’s medical education programs over a significant period of time
- Frequent delivery of clinical teaching activities including topic-based tutorials and teaching with patients
- Regular participation in clinical examinations
- Honorary appointment with Melbourne Medical School
- Contribution sustained for a period of five or more years;
2. Are recognised as excellent, dedicated, committed and passionate educators;
- High student satisfaction ratings as evidenced by evaluations or nomination for teaching awards
- Evidence of high peer regard as evidenced by referee reports or similar
- Involvement with learners at multiple levels & in differing contexts
- Participation in or contribution to clinical teacher training activities
- Level of contribution beyond any paid appointment with the University
3. Serve as role models for all clinicians who teach;
- Well-established mentoring & supervision relationships
- Frequent requests for advice and support from other clinicians
- Educational leadership position or acknowledged leadership qualities
- Involvement in a collegial network of clinical teachers
- Promotion of collaborative practice - inter-professional education to inter-professional practice
4. Provide advice to the School on matters relating to clinical teaching, student assessment and program evaluation;
- Existing connection to clinical school or department
- Contribution to local curriculum development and review activities including evaluation/research relating to medical student learning and teaching
- Key role in informing the School about workforce demands, issues and patterns to enable feedback into curriculum design
Act as conduit between Melbourne Medical School and clinical colleagues
- Those inducted to Fellowship of the Melbourne Medical School’s Academy of Clinical Teachers have demonstrated the above indicators over a sustained period of ten or more years and with exemplary leadership.
Acadamy of Clinical Teachers member profiles
Listen to some of our Members and Fellows talk about their experience and the rewards of their professional engagement with clinical teaching.
Dr Amanda Baric
Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Northern Health
Dr Malcolm Clark
A Prof. Kate Drummond
Neurosurgeon and Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Cancer and Infection Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr Stefan Herodotou
ED Consultant, Northern Health
A Prof. James Hurley
Head of General Medicine, Ballarat Health Services
Associate Professor, Rural Health campus
Dr Garry Lane
Clinical Director, Emergency Medicine and Cancer Services, Western Health
Dr Joe Rotella
Emergency Registrar, Austin Health
Acadamy of Clinical Teachers membership
The last Academy presentation was held in December 2018, with 12 Fellows and 12 Members receiving their awards.
Recipients were recognised for the important leadership role they played in teaching clinical skills to medical students.
We congratulate all award recipients and record our ongoing gratitude for the vital role clinical teachers play in the education of our students.
Academy of Clinical Teachers nominations
Nominations for Membership and Fellowship of the Academy of Clinical Teachers are currently closed.
When nominations open, details will be provided here. Directors of Medical Education, Department Heads and subject coordinators will be notified.
Nominations should be made by Directors of Medical Education, Department Heads or Subject Coordinators and should be addressed to the Head, Melbourne Medical School.
The Melbourne Medical School’s Academy of Clinical Teachers is primarily for clinicians who teach over and above any paid employment they may have with the university. While university staff are not precluded from being admitted to the Academy, their contribution is expected to be significantly greater than would be expected as part of their employed role.
Nominations should comprise the following:
- Application cover sheet (refer link below)
- Statement of support by nominator relevant to the category of nomination – member or fellowship (maximum 2 pages)
- Brief CV of nominee with a focus on teaching achievements and outputs (maximum of two pages)
- Supporting documentation (this may include but is not limited to student evaluations, peer recommendations, other awards related to teaching, other evidence of teaching innovation such as sample teaching material)
NOTE: Research activity and specialist college training roles are not directly relevant to the application.
Details of submission processes will be made available when nominations open.
Phone: +61 3 90353270
The Selection Committee membership is:
- Head, Melbourne Medical School or representative
- Head, Department of Medical Education
- One other academic staff member with major teaching responsibilities
- An MD student representative
Links to required documentation: