JCU medical students win clean sweep at Townsville Health Research Week

10 November 2014

Well-deserved congratulations are in order for two JCU medical students, who beat the field of competitors at Townsville Health Research Week (THRW), held Oct. 7 – 10, to take out all three research awards.

JCU Medical School
JCU is famous for specializing in rural and tropical medicine

Rajit Gilhotra won both the Best Oral Presentation for his talk, “Limb Amputation in Indigenous Australians on Renal Dialysis: The Townsville Hospital Experience” and Best Poster for High Rate of Limb Amputation in Subjects on Renal Dialysis: is there a difference between haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?
Miriam Cameron took out the Best Mini Oral Presentation for her talk, “Telesupervision: An exploration of the use of the Townsville teleoncology model by junior doctors working in rural locations and their supervisors.”
Both sixth-year students were presented with award certificates by member for Townsville, John Hathaway, and Townsville Health Research Week Chair Professor Linda Shields.
The award ceremony was the final event in the calendar of a busy health research week, which attracted hundreds of researchers from all health disciplines.
THRW participants were treated to presentations by Professor Jake Najman, Professor Jon Golledge, Professor Jane Edwards and Professor Debra Anderson, plus a range of research symposiums, a ‘Great Debate’ and several workshops teaching research skills in SPSS and qualitative data analysis.
Social types also got a chance to show off their medical knowledge at the Charity Trivia event, which raised money for diabetes research.
Thanks to the Northern Clinical Training Network and the THRW Organising Committee for ensuring the event was a huge success, and to all the participants for supporting health research in the north.

About James Cook University Medical School

JCU Medical School specializes in rural and remote medicine. The JCU program has a unique place among Australian medical schools. The course is undertaken entirely in northern Australia and has an emphasis on tropical medicine, the health of rural and remote communities, and of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The medical program is informed by a concern for social justice, innovation and excellence in medical education, research and service.

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