February 2015 | ISSUE 16
LKCMedicine Dean honoured by the Melbourne Medical School

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LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best receiving the Brownless Medal from University of Melbourne Chancellor Ms Elizabeth Alexander

The Melbourne Medical School recently honoured LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best with the Brownless Medal, one of its top honours, in recognition of his personal integrity, sharp intellect and unrivalled commitment to the School. He served as Head of School before joining LKCMedicine last July.

University of Melbourne Chancellor Ms Elizabeth Alexander presented Prof Best with the medal at the university’s Conferring of Degrees ceremony on 16 October 2014. Named after the Melbourne Medical School’s founder Sir Anthony Colling Brownless, the medal was established in 2012 to coincide with the School’s 150th anniversary.

The medal is given to eminent individuals who, through their diligence and leadership, have ensured the growth and positioning of the medical school as a world leader in medical teaching and training, and health research, policy and practice.

In her welcome message, Ms Alexander wrote that Prof Best is “a distinguished individual who has continued the high ideals of medical education and made a significant impact to the Melbourne Medical School throughout his career”.

Key highlights of Prof Best’s contributions to the School include the successful introduction of a new graduate entry medical curriculum, which replaced the previous MBBS course; the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the School, in which he played an instrumental part; as well as his high-level strategic and reputational contributions to the School through participation in the governance of associated organisations, including as Chair of the National Health & Medical Research Council’s Research Committee.

Prof Best said, “I am deeply honoured to receive the Brownless Medal. When we first established the medal to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the School, it certainly did not cross my mind that one day I might be a recipient.”