Dr Punith Kempegowda is a Specialist Training Registrar in Endocrinology, Diabetes and General Internal Medicine

Dr Punith Kempegowda been selected as winner of the John Munro Medal for Excellence in Teaching 2020. His nomination was submitted by Dr Eka Melson and was fully supported by the selection panel, which included members of the Trainee & Members’ Committee of the College.

Dr Kempegowda is a Specialist Trainee Registrar in Endocrinology, Diabetes and General Internal Medicine at Health Education West Midlands. He is currently a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham. His research interests include impact of steroids on reproduction and metabolism and improving the quality of care in diabetes and endocrinology. He has a passion for education and currently chairs two innovative initiatives: Simulation via Instant Messaging-Birmingham Advance (SIMBA) and Concise Medical Information Cines (CoMICs).

The John Munro Medal is usually presented at the College’s diploma ceremonies, however this is not currently possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Dr Kempegowda will be congratulated personally via video call by Professor Angela Thomas, acting president. Dr Kempegowda will receive a medal and an online payment for £500 for his excellence in teaching.

Commenting on winning the John Munro Medal, Dr Punith Kempegowda said:

Teaching is one of the most noble professions in the world and is an most important aspect of being a doctor. Indeed, the word “doctor” is originally an agentive noun of the Latin verb docēre which translates as 'to teach'. So, I am deeply honoured to be awarded an excellence in such teaching.

I dedicate this award to all my teachers, friends and family who have supported me over the years to pursue my passion in education. My special thanks to all the students and doctors who nominated me for the award and to the selection committee for considering me worthy for this bestowal.

Professor Angela Thomas, acting president, added:

Congratulations to Dr Kempegowda for winning the John Munro Medal. His nomination for the award was very strong, and it is clear that his contribution to teaching is exceptional. I look forward to congratulating Dr Kempegowda for his award personally, via video call. With people like Dr Kempegowda leading medical teaching, it's safe to say that the next generation of physicians are in good hands.