Murdoch Professor receives Excellence in Teaching award

January 8, 2015

Professor David Macey, Academic Chair, Basic and Clinical Sciences, has received a teaching excellence award after being nominated by several of his students.

The School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame recognised Professor Macey’s outstanding contribution with The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Murdoch University formed a partnership with Notre Dame last year to deliver the Basic and Clinical Sciences component of their medical degree. Students travel to the Murdoch campus as least once a week to investigate practical, problem-based modules involving a real medical issue.

“We teach first and second year students the core knowledge that underpins their degree,” Professor Macey said.

“The partnership is a fruitful one as Murdoch has first-rate facilities and recognised teaching excellence in biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and pathology.”

This is the second time in quick succession that Professor Macey has been recognised by medical students from Notre Dame.  The Medical Students Association of Notre Dame recently voted him the MED100 Educator of the Year for 2014 saying he was one of the most visible and friendly staff members who always made time for students.

“I feel very flattered personally, but this award is also an award for all the staff at Murdoch that are involved in teaching the Basic and Clinical Sciences domain for Notre Dame,” Professor Macey said.

“It is a sign that the partnership between the two universities has started on a very positive note.”

Previous recipients of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching have included surgeon Professor Kingsley Faulkner (Member of the Order of Australia for services to medicine) and Professor Peter Friedland who is head of otolaryngology (head, neck, skull case surgery) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and prior to 2010 was the Ear Nose and Throat consultant to Nelson Mandela.

As well as partnering to teach medical units in 2014, Murdoch and Notre Dame also partnered with Fiona Stanley Hospital, committing to make a series of high profile, jointly funded, Professorial Medical Researcher Practitioner appointments.

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Comments (2 responses)

Martin Gwyn-Fawke January 9, 2015

Well deserved. Congratulations David!

Diana McGivern January 10, 2015

Well done David. I am delighted to see that you have been given this recognition after a lifetime of excellence in education. Congratulations!

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