Griffith School of Medicine ten year anniversary

Dr Katherine Goodall

The value of research for clinical practice was the focus of discussion as part of the 10 year anniversary celebration of Griffith University’s School of Medicine.

The cocktail event, on Monday 23 November, saw clinicians, academics and current and past medicine students come together to celebrate the successes of the School over the past decade.

The event was also attended by Mr Mick de Brenni MP, Chief Government Whip and Member for Springwood, Pro Vice Chancellor Health Professor Allan Cripps and Professor John Prins, director of the Mater Research Institute.

Dean of Medicine, Professor Simon Broadley said the event was a chance to celebrate the great Medicine program at the university and its reaccreditation by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) earlier this year.

The AMC stated that the program’s curriculum is comprehensive and well-integrated, with assessment practices that are thorough and well blueprinted. It also highlighted the outstanding co-located academic and clinical facilities at the Gold Coast campus and Gold Coast University Hospital, and the collaborative arrangements with co-located medical schools.

“We are pleased to say that the Griffith Medicine School is one of the top performing schools in Australia and one which boasts great integration with our public health system,” said Professor Broadley.

Significant funding

“It has also achieved highly significant external funding achievements and a high degree of published papers with its research activity. These are aspects of the School that I am extremely proud of.”

Griffith Medicine alumni of 2011 and Australasian Young Doctor of the Year 2015, Dr Katherine Goodall was one of the guests at the event.

“In the four years I have been practicing medicine I believe that Griffith taught me more than how to do my job,” she said.

“I am now a surgical trainee and working on becoming a general surgeon. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I take pride in teaching others and mentoring those junior to me and thrive on the enthusiasm of others. I was recognised for my efforts in doing what I love and believe this came from the opportunities Griffith offered me early on.

“It has been wonderful to see where graduates have ended up and even more wonderful to keep running into them along my own adventure. I’ve seen Griffith grow from the “old” building at GH1 to the amazing facilities they offer now with up to date teaching approaches and supportive staff who obviously enjoy what they do.

“Thank you Griffith, congratulations and I am only too proud to share this celebration.”