Two North-West doctors who studied at the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School in Burnie have been recognised for their achievements in health.
Dr Arthur Lee and Dr Bradley Williams are the recipients of prestigious awards which are presented annually in the North-West by the Tasmanian Health Service.
During a formal ceremony held in Burnie on Wednesday, 3 January, Dr Lee who graduated from the RCS in 2016, was named the region’s Intern of the Year.
Dr Williams, a 2015 graduate, was bestowed the Resident Medical Officer honour which is awarded to the top-performing junior doctor.
Director of the Rural Clinical School Dr Lizzi Shires congratulated the pair.
“It is lovely to see that our alumni are making such a positive mark in this region’s health sector,” Dr Shires said.
“We have enjoyed following their journey as students to being doctors on the wards, and we hope their achievements will encourage other medical students to consider furthering their careers here on the Coast.”
This year’s award recipients were selected following a poll of medical, nursing, allied health staff and management at the North-West Regional Hospital and Mersey Community Hospital.
The accolades are presented in honour of Dr Paul Huang who was a radiologist at the North-West Regional Hospital for many years until the early 1990s, and Dr Richard Buttfield, a former Director of Medical Services at the North-West Regional Hospital and CEO of the North-West Health Region in the early 1990s.
Professor Ben Canny, Head of the University’s School of Medicine said the awards reinforced a clear career path for local graduates.
“This is a wonderful example of the ongoing journey our graduates are making in the North-West as doctors after completing their degrees, particularly after studying at the Rural Clinical School,” Professor Canny said.
“Many have demonstrated a commitment to remaining in the region to forge their careers through the internship year, and afterwards, by taking up roles as junior doctors.
“We are proud that our medical graduates are continuing to achieve great things.”
This year, Dr Lee will further his medical training as a junior doctor at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, while Dr Williams will commence as a GP registrar at Ulverstone’s Patrick Street Clinic.
Pictured from left; Dr Deb Wilson, Clinical Director, Rural and Regional Postgraduate Specialist Training Hub and Dr Bradley Williams.