RMO Shortlist 2017 Medical Teaching Award

RMO Shortlist


The NZMA and NZMSA are looking for further examples of excellent teaching displayed by the RMO finalists for the 2017 New Zealand Medical Teaching Award.  

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 2017 New Zealand Medical Teaching Award will be performed by a second committee of judges—including relevant experts—who will review all feedback for the candidates and select one winner for each of the RMO and SMO award categories.

You have until 4pm, Friday 20 October 2017 to provide feedback on the below finalists.





Hello, my name is Keith Lee, and I am currently an orthopaedic registrar at Dunedin hospital and have been in Dunedin since I was a medical student! I enjoy going to the gym after work, and taking landscape photographs outside of Dunedin, but I really enjoy playing my guitar and singing for functions (very occasionally).

I’ve always wanted to help people, especially those that are helpless (trauma or life threatening situations). To me, medicine wasn’t just about curing diseases or providing treatment for their illness, but also to approach them with a “care rather than cure” state of mind; I believe that people are not just numbers to be treated, just another bone to be fixed or a blood test abnormality, but a person as a whole. I believe it is a great burden AND a privilege to be able to be involved in the curing and caring part of someone’s life as they enter the hospital’s front door. I want to let the patients know that I am not here just as a person who knows how to kill bugs or alleviate their symptoms, but as someone who deeply cares about the emotional and spiritual aspect of their journey at the hospital.

I have always enjoyed teaching. I was always willing to sacrifice my veins for my medical students (and sometimes my radial arteries!). I believe that our future generation must be better than previous ones, and thus it is our duty as their predecessors to mentor them and help them in any way possible to reach their potential. Not only that, I think it is really good for the team environment (consultant/registrar/house officer/trainee intern/medical student) if there is a positive vibe and good collegiality. And I personally think it is awesome to see my medical students improve at things they weren’t so confident with at the beginning of the run, as I help them get through what they are struggling with and what they need help with. I feel honoured that I was able to be a part of their learning journey as well!




Hi there! My name is Jia Yi (Jamie) Leong and I am a PGY2 currently working at Dunedin Public Hospital.

A little bit about myself, I was born in Malaysia and spent most of my childhood years in Malaysia. We spent 2 years in Auckland from when I was 11 to 12 years of age, but went back to Malaysia to complete high school due to family reasons. I only officially moved to New Zealand when I was 18 to pursue a university education. I completed 6 years of medical school at the University of Otago and have worked as a house officer for close to 2 years in Dunedin. In terms of things I do in my free time – I love being active: going to the gym, playing squash, doing hikes and tramps; and playing the piano. Also, I love spending time in the kitchen – coming up with different food creations. Growing up in Malaysia and completing my University education here has given me 2 very different views of the world and has made me the person I am today.

I chose to pursue a degree in medicine as I loved the idea of being able to help people, and being able to meet new people on a day to day basis. I feel it is a privilege as we get to learn peoples’ live stories, in detail that they don’t necessarily provide to the general community. Not only that, the endless opportunities and the ever growing field of knowledge in medicine attracted me as well.

Medicine is an art; it cannot be learnt completely from books. It is learnt from observation, inclusion and practice. This is why I believe that it is important for us as physicians to place a large emphasis on educating our younger colleagues. I have been involved in teaching since medical school: I was a tutor for the health science programme from the 2nd to the 5th year of medical school. Not only that I was a mentor for a clinical nursing paper in PGY1. I am also involved in occasional teaching sessions of practical skills organized by the medical school, for the 4th and 5th years, as well as being previously involved in marking OSCE stations for medical students. I also try to incorporate teaching on a day to day basis while on the ward. I find teaching rewarding as I feel that it creates better relationships with students and allows students to be more involved in being part of the team, therefore enhancing their confidence and allowing them to become better doctors in the future. On top of that, teaching also helps me strengthen my own skills and knowledge; and therefore improves my own practice as a doctor. Also, it makes me proud when I see improvement in their clinical and practical skills as they progress through the run.

Once again thank you for the nomination. I am truly grateful. I would like to end with a thought:

“See one, do one, teach one” is the saying that is repeated countless times in medical school. Teaching is not something that should be a requirement, rather something that comes naturally to all physicians. Some one needed to be that stepping stone for you when you were a medical student, why don’t you be theirs?




Born in Malaysia, my family and I immigrated to New Zealand in 2001. Since then, I have had the privilege of living in multiple cities across New Zealand in my earlier years before completing my degree through the University of Auckland in 2011. I completed my postgraduate years in Waikato and Rotorua and am currently based in Hamilton as a paediatric registrar. Photography, art and travelling are my passions outside of medicine, and am always looking for the next adventure!

Medicine and paediatrics offer the opportunity to serve those most vulnerable within our population. In the context of rising inequity, I was drawn to this privilege to serve in a profession that is both intellectually stimulating and based strongly on relationships. Children cannot be placed at fault for their sickness; such innocence can only drive us to be advocates for them and their families. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a sick child bounce back and the joy that they bring with this. The resilience of children with chronic illnesses also never fails to inspire as they live life to the fullest and serves as a constant reminder to be grateful for life’s gifts.

My first revelations surrounding teaching occurred when discovering the origin of the word doctor; docēre, which did not mean ‘to heal’ but instead, ‘to teach’.  It has been an honour to teach students and RMOs over the years, developing relationships, seeing them progress and also getting to learn through teaching. It is incredibly rewarding when a student gets a ‘lightbulb’ moment, but even more so when you observe previous students pass on the knowledge you had imparted or develop their own questions to fuel their curious mind.




I’m a first year house surgeon working in the Wellington Region. I grew up in the Waikato, and moved to Dunedin to study at Otago. After completing a Bachelor of Science I began a degree in Medicine. Part of the reason I chose medicine was to do with the way it is always changing and challenging us. From medical school to consultancy, doctors are teaching each other in one way or another and this really appealed to me. Outside of work I try to travel as much as possible and love exploring new places around Wellington.

I completed my clinical study in Wellington and was lucky enough to continue here as a house surgeon. Looking back, I remember vividly the terror of my first exposure to the hospital as a fourth year, feeling like I knew nothing and was constantly in the way. However, over the next few years I had a number of RMOs take time out of their busy day to talk to me and show me the way things worked. It was this that really motivated me to not only to be kind to junior students but to actively take the time to teach.

My first real experience with teaching students was in my Trainee Intern year, when I was invited to mark the practice OSCE exams for the 5th year. This was a great way to directly offer advice and pass on what I had learned, during what is a really stressful time for 5th year students. It made me realize that I really enjoy teaching, and gave me the confidence to continue it as a house surgeon.

Earlier this year another house surgeon and I initiated and managed an informal, twice-weekly surgical teaching session that students could sign up to. We went through major surgical topics and skills with a focus on what you need to know on the wards. The enthusiastic response we received confirmed to me how important RMO teaching is. I found that even simple, straightforward topics (such as how to read observation charts, or venipuncture) massively improved the rest of the run for those students as they could contribute meaningfully and more confidently to their team. I am proud of having been involved in this project and hope it can be carried forward in future.

I am honoured to be nominated for this award. I intend to continue teaching as part of my career and hope that this award increases the profile of teaching in New Zealand hospitals.


If you know of, or have worked with any of the above 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.