Dr Ali wins clinical educators' award for second time

PRAISE: Dr Sam Ali has been recognised as a clinical educator.

PRAISE: Dr Sam Ali has been recognised as a clinical educator.

Surgeon Sam Ali is offering a humble "thanks" to his many patients and supporters and other residents.

Dr Ali spoke after winning - for the second time - the Burns-Alpers Clinical Teaching Award from the Flinders Medical Students' Society.

The award was set up in 2000 by the medicine and surgery graduating class to honour Professor Jack Alpers and Professor Richard Burns, two inspirational Flinders Medical Centre clinicians.

The award allows Flinders Medical students to thank its most inspiring clinical teachers. The scheme for undergraduates involves Dr Ali hosting one student every six weeks. "They spend six weeks with me, consulting with me and operating and working at the hospital with me in the theatre, helping the anaesthetist, seeing people in the casualty department and sometimes delivering talks, usually to nurses," he said.

"The award is not mine - it is for the community. We have to thank the general population because they have supported me to train these people."

Society president Jarrod Hulme-Jones told Dr Ali it was the society's highest honour for clinical educators.

"Many wonderful clinicians from various Flinders sites were nominated, but you received some particularly moving nominations, and the society executive group was unanimous through its deliberation that you should be the recipient," he said.