2019 Teaching Awards - RMO Shortlist

The NZMA and NZMSA are looking for further examples of excellent teaching displayed by the RMO finalists for the 2019 New Zealand Medical Teaching Awards.  

If you know of, or have worked with any of the below RMO shortlisted candidates and would like to provide extra information that is relevant and will assist the judging panel in their decision, please fill in the RMO New Zealand Medical Teaching Award finalist feedback form.

Final judging for the 2019 New Zealand Medical Teaching Award will be undertaken by a panel of judges, including relevant experts, who will review all your feedback for the candidates and one winner will be selected for each of the RMO and SMO award categories.


Deadline for feedback: Midnight Sunday 22 March 2020

Dr Bryan Bae

My name is Bryan and I am currently working as a SET3 General Surgical Trainee at Hawke’s Bay DHB. After graduating from Auckland Medical school in 2013, I spent the next 5 years around Auckland as a house officer and a non-trainee registrar in various surgical specialties. Last year I was in Invercargill and wish to return to Auckland for the final 2 years of my training.


I chose to pursue medicine/surgery because it truly is a rewarding job on a daily basis.To have people put their trust in your knowledge and skills, often when they are most vulnerable, is an extremely humbling privilege.


My passion for teaching came naturally, as it is a way of solidifying knowledge to do better at my job. I enjoy simplifying concepts, putting them into the right context and explaining them in a way that is easy to follow. I believe nothing in medicine/surgery should be difficult to understand for anyone with the right frame of teaching. I try to incorporate teaching into everyday practice to students and junior staff, with the aim of connecting their knowledge to clinical use. As all areas in medicine continue to advance, I hope that the way we teach also continues to improve, so that future generations of doctors are better guided through their journey of medicine.

Dr Diana Fieldwick

I'm currently working at Hutt Hospital in my 4th year as an O+G trainee. I grew up in Dunedin, went to Otago Med School and have been working around the North Island since. I wanted to work in Women's Health since Med School, O+G was my favourite run. I still remember how influential the people teaching you are as a medical student, making or breaking a specialty for you. It's hard being a student, not always knowing what to do and sometimes feeling in the way, it makes all the difference when someone in the team includes you and I've always tried to remember that. I enjoy teaching, it’s refreshing to work with people who are excited by the things I’ve maybe taken for granted and reflect on what a privilege it is to be in this profession.

Dr Jamie Harvey

Born and bred South Auckland. Lived in Florida for 10 years, Ecuador 4 years. Grandfather was the youngest Surgeon in US for many years, starting medical school age 16. Mother was a RTLB and father was a professional tennis and rugby player who played for the All Blacks. Went to King’s collage then the UoA on scholarship. First post graduate years at Waikato Hospital where I met my wife who near finished paediatric surgical training. We have a 3yo daughter who wants to be a “bone doctor” – beit rheumatology or orthopaedics we will support her either way.


I chose medicine because of a meeting with the Dalai Lama. He wasn’t promoting Buddhism or religion. He promoted a life of helping others, actions that inspire and cause laughter.This was an existence and life that worked well with Medicine. This encounter in my last year of high school galvanised my decision.


That “ah ha”/”oh I got it” moment in the eye of anyone being taught is what I love. The translation of medical jargon to layman terminology, enabling understanding of pathology, surgery,complications to patients, students, and health care assistants really gives me a kick. My first appendix/gallbladder will always be highlight of my career. Difficult cases do not provide as much joy as teaching a PGY1 who has done 13 appendicectomy beginning to end, or having a 4th year medical student who can do an incision and drainage. The opportunities for teaching are vast in General Surgery and offers a variety of cases that afford valid teaching points.

Dr Jonathan Lee

My name is Jonathan Lee, and I am a paediatric registrar currently working in Palmerston North Hospital.   I originally hail from Auckland, where I was born and raised, growing up with my parents and younger sister. I am a basic trainee, 2-and-a-half years into paediatrics training (at the time of writing).  I have worked in Palmerston North for the last two years, and prior to this worked in paediatrics at Hutt Hospital for 6 months.  I graduated from the University of Otago, spending all six years with Dunedin School of Medicine and graduating in 2015.  I also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health through the University of Otago in 2017.  Outside work I am currently spending much of my time studying for my RACP exams, however I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, traveling,and exploring new places to eat when I get the chance.


I decided to pursue medicine towards the end of my high school years, as I wanted to follow a career that would allow me to make a big difference in peoples' lives, whilst playing to my strengths in the sciences.  One interesting aspect about me is that I felt an affinity towards paediatrics from very early in my medical studies, and I am so happy that it has worked out so far for me in my career, in that I continue to enjoy this specialty thoroughly, and get a lot of satisfaction helping children in need as well as their families.  As a registrar in Midcentral DHB, I feel especially privileged to have the opportunity to help deliver outreach clinics in satellite communities, helping to provide access to paediatrics care to these families that often need extra support.


One of my favourite aspects of working in medicine is that I have the opportunity to teach and mentor students and juniors, passing on my knowledge and skills.  I feel that a huge part of learning to be a doctor is gained "on the job", so to speak, and I believe that experiencing real clinical situations, as well as interacting with real patients can help introduce and solidify knowledge and skills.  When I teach, I try to link theoretical knowledge that my juniors may have been exposed to in the past, and relate it to the real world situations that they are experiencing.  In this way I feel I can create clinical opportunities and help foster growth. In addition, I also utilize small group tutorials to teach in greater depth topics that may be especially pertinent to for a student or junior doctor.   I also periodically present larger topics at the departmental level.  I very much enjoy the small group setting, as it allows a certain level of personal interaction which I enjoy, and gain satisfaction when I am able to help someone grasp a new concept, or improve on their clinical skills.  I have to give thanks to my supervising consultants, who not only push me to strive for constant learning and improvement, but also inspire me to be a role model and teacher as they have for me.

Dr Thomas Clendon

Originally from Christchurch, I studied Physiology and Medicine in Dunedin before moving to the warmer climate of Nelson for my House Surgeon years. Following some time off for traveling, I moved back to Christchurch for my medical exams and advanced training. I am currently an Advanced Trainee in Cardiology. In my spare time, I try to fit in a few mountain bike rides in between work and raising two kids.

Medicine was an interesting field to pursue. It provided a clear career pathway with a wide-range of options available at the end of training. And you always have some interesting stories at the end of the day...

Teaching is a great way to get to know the students and doctors coming through. It also helps extend your own learning and understanding of a subject.