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Mater Educator awarded Queensland Clinical Educator of the Year


The Director of Clinical Training at Mater Education has been awarded Queensland Clinical Educator of the Year by the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC).

The award was presented to Dr Minda Lowry by the Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation (QPMA) on 11 September and puts Dr Lowry in the running for the National Award to be announced at the Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum in November 2017.

Nominated by several colleagues, including some of the junior doctors she has mentored, Dr Lowry was presented with the award for her demonstrated innovation, support and an unwavering commitment to the education of junior doctors.

The nomination outlines  how Dr Lowry is held in high regard by her colleagues for her dedication, advice and guidance.

“Dr Lowry is available daily to guide junior and senior doctors and gives tirelessly of her time, effort and knowledge to help others build their careers,” the nomination reads.

“Demonstrating the Mater values, Dr Lowry’s gentle approach and kindness makes it easy for people to approach her for advice, and her knowledge and exceptional medical skill means that she guides from professional experience and expert knowledge.”

In her role at Mater Education Dr Lowry has been instrumental in developing new programs and embedding simulation into the Junior Medical Officer (JMO) program.

“Dr Lowry has revolutionised the educational program for junior doctors at Mater. With her background in simulation and strong emphasis on clinical safety and inter-professional learning, she has developed many new effective and multimodal educational programs for junior doctors, ward call, ED and the Critical Care Senior House Officers.”

“Dr Lowry has also worked tirelessly to ensure that simulation sessions are inter-professional and meet the learning needs of all health care professionals who share in the care of the patient.”

In addition to her work in Mater’s Emergency Department and in Medical Education and Recruitment, Dr Lowry also donates much of her personal time to the accreditation of Queensland hospitals.

“Being involved in these activities helps to ensure that not only Mater’s junior workforce is well supported but those across Queensland enjoy similar safe working environments. Dr Lowry has also been actively involved in supporting other Directors of Clinical Training (DCT) and facilitated the DCT workshop at the Queensland Forum,” Ms Frey said.

Speaking of the award, Dr Lowry said she was delighted to have been won.

“To achieve recognition from the CPMEC is absolutely unexpected and I feel enormously privileged to have been selected,” Dr Lowry said.

“This award is not an acknowledgement just of the work I have undertaken but is recognition of the work of the whole team at Mater Education who have all worked extremely hard to develop our junior medical staff.”

The National Awards are scheduled to be announced at the Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum in Brisbane on 12-15 November. http://prevocationalforum2017.com/