Medical students’ praise leads to awards for their supporters
A CONSULTANT and an administrator at Kettering General Hospital (KGH) have won awards for the outstanding service they have provided to medical students who are training to become the next generation of NHS doctors.
Leicester Medical School, part of the University of Leicester, has chosen KGH’s consultant in respiratory medicine, Dr Nasir Siddique, as its outstanding clinical teacher for 2015 and foundation and undergraduate co-ordinator, Shelley Gardiner, as its outstanding clinical administrator for 2015.
They had received numerous nominations from medical students for their work and were presented with the awards at a celebratory event at Leicester Medical School last week.
In letters to the two award winners, Dr David Heney, director of undergraduate medical education for Leicester Medical School, said: “Over the past months, we asked all clinical medical students to nominate clinical teachers who they believe are outstanding teachers.
“We chose only one clinician from our district teaching hospitals to receive this award. This is an exceptional achievement.”
To Shelley he wrote: ‘To meet the nomination criteria an administrator must demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills, be particularly helpful and supportive to students and go the extra mile to deliver high quality services to students. We chose only one administrator from all our district general hospital and community partners. On behalf of Leicester Medical School, I wish to thank you for your commitment to teaching the medical students.’
KGH’s director of medical education, Dr Syed Fayyaz Hussain, said: “We are delighted that two members of our medical education team have received recognition for their outstanding work during 2015.
“Dr Siddique and Shelley have clearly impressed the many students they came into contact with during 2015 and helped to demonstrate Kettering General Hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing outstanding educational services to the NHS’s next generation of doctors.
“Developing excellence in medical education is something we have been working on at KGH for many years and these awards help to demonstrate just how much individual effort goes into that.”
Dr Siddique said: “I am pleased and proud that my enthusiasm for medical education has been recognised in this way. I think it is very important that medical education is provided for students in ways that stimulate them to learn and progress to become a good doctor.”
Shelley said: “I am delighted that the efforts of myself and the administration team are recognised by the students who we work very hard to support.”
Students comments included: “From the moment we arrived in Kettering, Dr Siddique made it his priority to find out what we needed/wanted to learn and endeavoured to make this possible.”
And: “He excelled in his role of teaching” and: “I have not met a more dedicated teacher. He was always approachable, enthusiastic and encouraging in every aspect of his teaching. His enthusiasm was catching and he inspires medical students that their job will be enjoyable.”
Of Shelley they said: “She goes above and beyond for students. Her office is always open and she is happy to have a chat, to laugh with you and support you when things are not going so well.”
Pictured above – CONGRATULATIONS, TEACHER: Kettering General Hospital’s consultant in respiratory medicine, Dr Nasir Siddique, was presented with his award by Prof Nicholas London, head of Leicester Medical School, last week – Shelley was unable to attend the event.