Faculty of Health

Medical researcher’s contribution to education gains international praise

A University of Tasmania researcher has received international recognition for his efforts in medical education.

Professor Richard Hays, Associate Head of the University’s Division of Medicine, was recently bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from the International Medical University in Malaysia (IMU).

Professor Hayes received the honour at the IMU’s 25th Anniversary Special Conferment Ceremony.

Professor Hays has been a visiting academic at the IMU since 2013, where his contributions have seen him become a member of the Professional Education Advisory Committee (PEAC). He is also actively involved in the review of programmes and its quality of delivery.

Starting his career as a rural medical generalist, Professor Hays also carries qualifications in educational psychology and medical education and has had roles in the development of medical education programs, including new medical schools in Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada and South-East Asia.

He has also participated in international medical education quality assurance reviews in Australia, New Zealand, the Western Pacific region, Asia, Europe and the UK.

During his career, Professor Hays has been awarded about $3 million in competitive research and development grants and has published around 100 research papers, 150 other journal articles, 16 book chapters and nine books, primarily on assessment, curriculum design and educational quality assurance.

His research includes curriculum and assessment practices that deliver particular workforce outcomes, with a strong social accountability focus, overlapping strongly with rural health service delivery and program evaluation interests.

The Division of Medicine is part of the University's Faculty of Health.

The University of Tasmania is a part of a global network of partners associated with IMU.