The 59th Annual
E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

Ars Longa Vita Brevis: Life is Short, the Art Long
(Hippocrates, 370 BC)

Reflections on the Makings of a Good Doctor

September 23, 2016 6:00PM


Dr Ranjana Srivastava

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist, educator and award-winning writer, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper. After an upbringing in the United States, where she completed high school in Pittsburgh, she graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia with first-class honours. In 2004, Ranjana was awarded a Fulbright Award and was Australia's highest-ranked recipient that year. She used it to complete an ethics fellowship at the MacLean Centre at the University of Chicago. She became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and now practices in the public hospital system in Melbourne. She is on the advisory committee to the Health Commissioner and plays an active role in shaping doctor-patient communication skills training. In 2016 Ranjana was appointed a visiting faculty at the University of Chicago to deliver a series of lectures on the art of medicine.

Ranjana has written widely on the subject of medicine and humanity and ethics. She publishes frequently in the New England Journal of Medicine and has also appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Time Magazine and several other publications including Australia's Best Science Writing. She has won the Cancer Council Victoria award for outstanding writing as well as the Gus Nossal Prize for Global Health writing.

Her first book, Tell Me The Truth: Conversations with my Patients about Life and Death was shortlisted for a major literary award. Her second book, Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown Between Doctors and Patients, won the Human Rights Literature Prize. Her third book on navigating a diagnosis of cancer was released internationally by Penguin and the University of Chicago Press. Her most recent book is called After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well. Ranjana has previously written for The Age newspaper in Australia and is now a columnist for the Guardian. Ranjana's interest in explaining and demystifying medicine to the general public has led to a regular media presence in Australia, including on ABC radio and television.

Her roles as a medical volunteer have included working with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and in post-tsunami Maldives while she was a MacLean Centre fellow.

Her contribution to medicine was recently recognised with the Monash University Distinguished Alumni award of 2014. She was listed as a Westpac's Top 100 Women of Influence in 2015.

Attend 2016 E.S. Meyers Lecture

Time: Arrive 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Location: GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building
The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus (map below)
Dress: Smart Casual
Parking: Conifer Knoll Carpark (see map below)

To be followed by refreshments

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Professor Errol Solomon Meyers

A Founder of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

by Professor John Pearn AO RFD
Patron, The University of Queensland Medical Society

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1936 after five decades of advocacy for a medical school in what was to become the state of Queensland. Many laboured to achieve the opportunity for careers in medicine for young Queensland men and women. One of the acknowledged founding fathers was Dr Errol Solomon Meyers. A pioneer in professional health education in Queensland, he was a leader in postgraduate medical education and undergraduate and postgraduate dental education prior to the establishment of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Queensland in 1936. From 1925 he was a leader in postgraduate medical education courses conducted at the British Medical Association (Queensland Branch), and was the doyen of surgical anatomy. A general surgeon and teacher of singular ability, E.S. Meyers taught anatomy and surgical dissection to dental students in Brisbane from 1922, establishing an Anatomy School within the dental hospital in George Street in 1927. From that time Dr Meyers brought the strength of his considerable personality to bear on the need to establish a School of Medicine in Queensland, a triumph achieved finally on 13 March 1936. In July 1957, the year after the death of this founding father, the UQMS established the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to honour his contributions to medicine in general, and to his role as one of the most significant founders of the Medical School in Queensland in particular. As a reflection of the ethos of “Joe” Meyers’ life this Memorial Lecture, which this year celebrates its 59th anniversary, comprises a forum for a person of distinction to present a perspective of endeavour and achievement.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

The Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture, now in its 59th year, is the premier academic event on the UQMS calendar. The lecture is a special tribute to the life of Professor Meyers, and a wonderful opportunity to bring together members of the medical, university and general community. The UQMS is grateful for the support and contribution of the Meyers family and our past orators, who have assisted the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to become one of the largest public lectures of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture is held as a free public event for all to attend and enjoy. It is tradition that at the conclusion of the lecture, guests are invited to make a donation, the funds of which will be donated to a charity of the speaker’s choosing.

Past Speakers

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About UQMS

The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 10 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of the student health and wellbeing society UQ Mind, the University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group and the Global and Community Health Subcommittee. With over 60 events per year to support medical students, the UQMS is here to provide a life outside of medicine! Visit the UQMS Website