Medicines Australia hosts an annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of students in the Continuing Education Program. The CEP awards are presented annually to students who achieve the highest marks in the course. Additionally, the University of Tasmania offers a prize to students based on the level of engagement and quality of participation in the course.
The annual CEP Awards were presented at an Awards Lunch on Wednesday 9 March 2016. Prizes were awarded to students who excelled in the course in the 2015 academic year. Mr Brian Gladsden, Managing Director, Novartis and Medicines Australia Board member was the MC for the awards. The award winners and guests were given a fantastic insight into the life of a busy GP by guest speaker Dr John Gullotta who is the Chairman of the AMA Council of General Practice. Dr Gullotta gave practical advice on how a medical representative can build rapport with doctors by delivering real value to patient care and avoid ending up in the ‘sin bin’.
After awarding the University of Tasmania awards for Excellence in the CEP, Prof. Greg Petersen did a brief interview with the two award recipients, highlighting the benefits of the CEP and self-directed e-learning. All guests enjoyed an excellent networking opportunity
The Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program has been in existence for over forty years. Commencing in 1973 with the Medical Representatives Education Program, or MedREP. In that first year 48 candidates sat for the inaugural exams. In 1997 the new Continuing Education Program, or CEP, commenced, first at Monash University, before moving to Deakin University and the University of Queensland. In 2012 the University of Tasmania was awarded the contract to deliver and develop the CEP following a competitive tender process.
UTAS Prize for Excellence Award
CEP Course Facilitators at the University of Tasmania nominate one finalist per semester from their program based on the level and quality of participation in group discussions and personal reflections in the online tutorials. The winner is selected by a panel from the University.
UTAS Prize for Excellence – Semester 1 was presented to: Ms Amanda Dang from Mylan (pictured above receiving the award from Professor Gregory Peterson, Head of UMORE, Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania)
UTAS Prize for Excellence – Semester 2 was presented to: Ms Chie Chansavang from Boehringer Ingelheim (pictured above receiving the award from Professor Gregory Peterson, Head of UMORE, Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania)
Code of Conduct Award
Finalists for the Code of Conduct Award include all students who achieve the highest mark for Program 1.
- Excludes anyone who has achieved final mark via resubmission or supplementary assessment.
- Among finalists, the winner is determined through review of learning log book and online participation by UTAS panel; MA to make final decision if it is difficult to identify a clear winner.
The Code of Conduct Award was presented to: Dr Pinky Dharmshaktu from Amgen (pictured above receiving the award from Dr John Gullotta)
CEP Achievement Award
CEP Achievement Award winners are the students who achieve the 10 highest aggregate marks for the five core programs (out of a possible total aggregate of 500).
Program 3 Human Anatomy and Physiology is not included in the aggregate calculation, as not all students are required to undertake this program.
The award evaluation excludes anyone who has achieved his or her marks via resubmission or supplementary assessment.
CEP Achievement Award recipients pictured below:
CEP Achievement Award recipients not present at the awards event:
- Ms Philippa Riddell – AstraZeneca
- Mr Sean Orear – Novartis
- Mr Ben Maliszewski – Independent Student
- Mr Sam Watkins – GlaxoSmithKline
*Award recipients’ companies were current at the time of completion of CEP. Some award recipients may have moved to other companies or roles outside the industry.