The Rural Clinical School (RCS) offers additional support to students through Scholarships and Awards based in the North West.
Simon Monks Memorial Award for Excellence in General Practice
Dr Simon Monks was a highly respected partner in East Devonport Medical Centre prior to his sudden death in March 2007. He was an active participant on the General Practice North West (GPNW) Board as well as in the teaching and mentoring of medical students from the University of Tasmania's Rural Clinical School. He was awarded the GPNW Long Service Award in 2005 in recognition of twenty years of continuous service to the North West Tasmania community.
Simon was a quiet, thoughtful person and a very committed and caring GP, who took a proactive and dedicated approach to achieve excellence in his clinical practice, his supervision of medical students and in all aspects of his personal and family life.
The Simon Monks Memorial Award was established in 2008 by the former Board of the North West Tasmania Division of General Practice Inc. (General Practice North West) in recognition of the valuable contribution that Dr Simon Monks made to the profession of general practice and community health in the North West region of Tasmania.
Following the establishment of Tasmania Medicare Local Ltd. (TML) and the transfer of most of GPNW business to TML, GPNW members resolved at their Annual General Meeting in October 2012 to wind-up the Association by June 2013.
Prior to its wind-up GPNW established a new Trust known as the Simon Monks Memorial Foundation (SMMF) to which the balance of the GPNW funds, following acquittal of all its contractual obligations, were paid. These funds are now held by the SMMF to be dedicated in perpetuity for the promotion and encouragement of education in general practice and primary health care in North Western and Western Tasmania.
Awarded for outstanding performance in one general practice attachment, to a fourth year medical student involved in the Rural Clinical School teaching program in the North West region of Tasmania.
Nominations are made by the general practice that hosts the student and the successful nominee is selected by a panel with representation from the Foundation and the Rural Clinical School.
$3,000 and framed award certificate
Rotary Club of Burnie Scholarship in Rural Medicine
The Rotary Club of Burnie Scholarship in Rural Medicine is awarded to a Year 4 Rural Clinical School medical student who is commencing the final two years of clinical studies in the MBBS at the University of Tasmania's Rural Clinical School.
The Rotary Club generously provides the scholarship to encourage and support a student with an interest in rural medicine to study at the Rural Clinical School. The $5000 scholarship is offered over a two-year period and in addition to financial support, the Club will provide honorary club membership and offer to mentor the recipient during their studies in North West Tasmania.
Amount: $2,500 per annum
Applications: applications are now open and close on 14 December 2015. Completed application forms including two Letters of Reference (at least one from a clinical academic at UTAS) should be submitted to Associate Professor Lizzi Shires, Co-Director, Rural Clinical School.
Information: Request an application form directly from the Rural Clinical School in Burnie. Contact Kayla Millhouse, Administration Officer-Community Engagement on 6430 5994 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rotary Club of Wynyard Scholarship in Rural Medicine
The Rotary Club of Wynyard offer this scholarship to a student commencing the final two years of clinical studies in the MBBS at the Rural Clinical School bi-annually. The scholarship aims to encourage and support a student with an interest in rural medicine to study at the RCS. The scholarship is offered over a two-year period, subject to the recipient's satisfactory performance, and is valued at $3,000 per annum.
Information on scholarships available through UTAS.