Australian Award for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
ANU Medical School
ANU College of Health and Medicine
The place of anatomy in the medical curriculum has been debated for some decades. Within the newer, more integrated medical curricula, anatomy has become somewhat marginalised. Yet anatomy is essential in many, if not all, branches of medicine. I consciously address this debate in my teaching by empowering my anatomy students to learn and retain factual knowledge whilst they also develop skills vital to modern medicine, such as problem-solving, teamwork, and the ability to learn autonomously.
Fundamentally, I believe that teaching in higher education should: a) be interactive and dynamic; b) provide a strong understanding of key concepts; c) develop essential skills; and d) explain, and lead students to recognise the relevance of learned key concepts in their future field. My ultimate goal is to cultivate a thinking generation of medical professionals with the confidence to analyse issues, situations and problems critically and develop workable solutions. I create inquiry-based learning environments, offering diverse resources that help my students become knowledgeable and skillful professionals.