College Awards celebrate our members' success and the contributions they make to their community.

2020 College Awards

Congratulations to the 2020 College award winners.

These awards would traditionally be presented in a special ceremony at the College’s conference. However, this year the conference and ceremony were cancelled because of COVID-19. The 2020 award winners will be formally recognised during the 2021 College conference. 

View the 2020 College Awards.

College Award nomination categories:

  • Honorary Fellowship
    Honorary Fellowship is given to individuals of distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice or the medical profession in general. They do not need to be graduates of medicine.
  • Distinguished Fellowship
    Distinguished Fellowship is awarded for outstanding services to the College or Division’s work, or the science or practice of medicine. Distinguished Fellows embody our motto ‘Cum scientia caritas – With knowledge, compassion’, and have made sustained contributions general practice, medicine, or the health and wellbeing of the community.

    Note: To become a Distinguished Fellow, the nominee must have been a Fellow for at least five years. Distinguished Fellowship may be awarded post-humously.
  • Distinguished Service Medal
    This medal recognises an outstanding contribution to the College or Division, for example: as a long-standing employee, Faculty of Chapter committee member, or medical educator.
  • Meritorious Service Medal
    This medal recognises a meritorious contribution to the College or Division, for example: as a long-standing employee, Faculty of Chapter committee member, or medical educator.
  • Community Service Medal
    This medal recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work in their own communities.


  • Dr Amjad Hamid Medal
    The Dr Amjad Hamid Medal is awarded in honour of Dr Amjad Hamid who was killed in the Christchurch terrorist attack. The medal recognises the top student of the University of Otago's GENA 728 paper, which is Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals. Dr Hamid, a heart doctor, was a member of the College’s Division of Rural Hospital Medicine. 
     

 

There are four additional awards presented each year, that are not open for nominations.

  • Orator's Gold Medal
    The Orator's Gold Medal is awarded to the Fellowship and Awards Ceremony Orator in recognition of their closing address.

  • Humphrey Rainey Medal
    The Humphrey Rainey Prize for Excellence is awarded to the top candidate overall across the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) Clinical and Written Examination.

  • Eric Elder Medal
    The Eric Elder Medal is awarded in honour of Dr Eric Elder, who was an inspired rural GP affectionately known as the grandfather of vocational training in New Zealand. The medal is generally awarded to a rural general practitioner.

  • Peter Anyon Medal
    The Peter Anyon Memorial Address is presented by a GPEP2 registrar at the Annual Conference for General Practice. The presentation is given in the memory of Dr Peter Anyon, who is recognised as having made an important and valuable contribution to the vocational education of general practitioners


Previous Award recipients

This year's College Awards were presented at the 2019 Conference for General Practice in Dunedin.