Resident doctor Tom Morrison “humbled” by prestigious award win
An RPA doctor has been named Junior Medical Officer of the year at the 2019 NSW Prevocational Training Awards, run by the Health Education and Training Institute.
Resident Dr Tom Morrison has been recognised for his commitment and contribution to education that underpins clinical excellence and patient safety.
His leadership is well known at RPA where he has delivered numerous peer-to-peer teaching initiatives for medical students and interns including overseeing a bedside tutorial program involving more than 50 of his peers; facilitating intern crash courses; and tutoring surgical skills for medical interns and students.
Dr Morrison, 25, was nominated for the award by his peers, an honour he finds humbling.
“I was surprised to win, but also it’s really nice to see that my peers think so highly of me and my contributions are so valued,” he said.
Currently working in neurosurgery, he hopes to train in the same field in years to come for the “quite exciting mix” of patients and conditions.
In the meantime, his hands are full as an active member of the RPA Handover Committee, RPA Chief Executive/Doctors in Training (DIT) Steering Committee and the RPA Resident Medical Officer’s Association.
He is also the chair of the JMO Forum of NSW managed by HETI; and has begun working with the NSW Ministry of Health Intern Work Readiness Advisory Committee. He will represent NSW at the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical
Education Councils Australia and New Zealand Junior Doctor of the Year Award to be announced later this year.
HETI’s Medical Director Dr Claire Blizard said the prestigious awards celebrated substantial contributions made by inspiring individuals to the education and support of junior medical officers across NSW Health.
“There are many individuals delivering exceptional care, thinking innovatively and providing inspirational leadership in the area of JMO education and wellbeing,” she said.
“Through our awards, we honour and recognise a number of impressive health professionals within the NSW Health community making outstanding contributions.”
The other awards presented included the Geoff Marel Award recognising the work of a supervisor or Director of Prevocational Education and Training, which went to Dr Eddy Fischer from Nepean Hospital; and the JMO Manager of the Year
ward for managers or administers, which went to Stacey Turnbull from Gosford Hospital.