Friday, 25 September 2015

SPHPM’s Dr Basia Diug is the 2015 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to SPHPM's Dr Basia Diug, winner of the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Senior Lecturer Dr Basia Diug is only the second staff member in the history of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (DEPM) to receive this prestigious award that acknowledges excellence in teaching performance by Monash University staff.

Dr Diug is the Deputy Head of the Medical Education Research and Quality Unit (MERQ) at SPHPM and has made a significant contribution to teaching and learning through curriculum design, innovation, and program initiation within SPHPM’s undergraduate courses including the Health Science (HSC), Biomedical Science (BMS) and Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree programs.

She is thrilled to have received this recognition for her hard work over the last eight years at SPHPM, and hopes to use the grant towards professional development and medical education research.

“I really enjoy the juxtaposition of public health research and undergraduate teaching and how my work in these two areas strengthens both. This award will continue to support my growth as an educator and reinforces the great medical education focussed research being done in our MERQ unit,” she said.

Dr Diug teaches more than 1000 students per year across three campuses and holds various positions including chief examiner, unit coordinator, multi-campus coordinator and lecturer. Her passion for epidemiology translates into her undergraduate teaching, and she is constantly striving to excite her students about preventive medicine.

“As a public health educator it can be difficult to get medical and health science students as excited about preventive medicine as they are about clinical interventions,” Dr Diug said.

“Although my cohorts are sometimes very large, I strive to provide a personalised educational experience for all of my students, promoting the use of social media to enhance collegiality among staff and students.

“I aim to demonstrate to students that public health research is exciting and relevant to their everyday lives.”

Dr Diug praised the MERQ team for meeting the challenges of medical education, embracing engaging and innovative teaching methods with a focus on teaching excellence through curriculum design.

“Education is very similar to research as it requires a team approach and I am very lucky to work with a great group of people,” she said.

Each Vice Chancellor award consists of a medallion, a permanent citation on the Awards Gallery and a grant of $5000 to be used at the discretion of the award winner to further their teaching interests. A much deserved achievement for Basia!

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