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Five Waikato SMOs awarded their Fellowship all at once!

L-r Waikato doctors Victoria Carlsen, Joy Marriott, Toral Kamdar and Tava Mudzamiri

Congratulations to five of our medical staff who were awarded their Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Fellowship recently. “Word on the street” is that the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at Waikato Hospital is the place to be if you’re a junior doctor looking for training opportunities.

Waikato doctors Victoria Carlsen, Joy Marriott, Toral Kamdar and Tava Mudzamiri were presented with their RANZCOG Fellowship in Adelaide recently. Senior Medical officer Dr Lara Colbourne also received the award but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony.

Dr Lara Colbourne

A RANZCOG Fellow is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist who has completed at least four years of core training and a further two of advanced training. Fellows of the College work in the public and private health system, in hospitals and clinics; they teach and undertake research, in universities and in clinical settings.

“Having five doctors from the one specialty at the same hospital receive the award at once is very unique,” said Dr Joy Marriott, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Waikato DHB and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Service manager, Women’s Health, Rebecca MacRae says, “This is a significant achievement and in recent years there has been much improvement to the service and the team culture within the department.”

“Waikato women and those within the wider Midland Region have access to a top quality obstetric and gynaecology service with some of the most highly trained consultants, comparable to any other tertiary unit anywhere in the world.”

“After previously losing our training accreditation and undergoing a number of changes to the department and team structure which saw accreditation reinstated, this shows that the department and DHB have a serious commitment to the learning needs of junior doctors who want to train as specialists.”

“Our junior and senior doctors alike describe the department as one big family, where everyone works together to support each other and provide excellent care to our patients.”

“We can now say that we have an environment which attracts staff to come and work here. We will continue building upon this positive foundation and celebrating our successes.”

Interim chief executive Derek Wright says “Well done to the Women’s Health team!”

“This is testament to the huge amount of work that has been done over the last three years by all the staff who have been involved in Women’s Health and those who were part of the project team.  It is great to see this hard work being recognised.”


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