John Hamilton - Bio

After various house jobs in London teaching hospitals he undertook two years work in a rural hospital in Zambia returning to a research appointment in gastroenterology in St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and in 1969 joined the new Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of McMaster where he was both Head of Gastroenterology and also, at various times, Chairman of the Undergraduate Education Committee and Student Admissions Committee. In 1978 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and chaired the Curriculum Committee of its new problem-based curriculum. In 1981 he joined the Population Health Nutrition Division of the World Bank and in 1984 was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. During this time he was also the foundation Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Australian Medical Council and chaired the Commonwealth Rural Undergraduate Steering Committee and the Commonwealth Study of Quality of Australian Health Care and committees of the Australian Medical Workforce Committee on female participation in the medical workforce and student characteristics. For WHO, he chaired, for five years, the Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Programme Technical Advisory Group and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Manpower and Consultant on a number of initiatives and medical school reviews. He was the Director of the Australian Aid Links Project for South Africa between the University of Transkei and the University of Newcastle. He completed 14 years as Dean at the end of 1997 and has recently completed Sabbatical reviewing new developments in medical education particularly in the United Kingdom. In September 2000, he took the position of Academic Director of the new pre-clinical program at the University of Durham, UK, in cooperation with the University of Newcastle, UK. This curriculum has a wide community orientation in relation to the economic, social and health inequities within the previously heavily industrialized north east of England.

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