The Prize has been established in memory of Professor Jack Alpers, one of the founding leaders of the School of Medicine and its major teaching hospital, Flinders Medical Centre. Professor Alpers was Head of Respiratory Medicine and Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine from 1976 until his retirement in 2001. He was an excellent and compassionate physician with a particular human touch which was greatly valued by his patients. He was also a committed and highly respected teacher and mentor of several generations of medical students and junior doctors and was particularly valued for his skills in clinical interaction, the essence of medical practice. He died at the age of 71 in November, 2007.
Prior to his death, Professor Alpers indicated his wish to contribute a significant sum to establish a prize for excellence in clinical internal medicine. His colleague and friend Professor John Chalmers (former Head of the Department of Medicine at Flinders) agreed to match this sum. Since then, a fund has been established in honour of Professor Alpers to which his family, friends, students and colleagues have contributed generously to support the prize.
The following rules shall apply to the prize:
- The prize may be awarded annually by the Examinations Board of the College of Medicine and Public Health (Third and Fourth Year MD/BMBS).
- The value of the prize shall be determined from time to time by the Examinations Board but shall not be less than $300.
- The prize shall be awarded to the final year MD/BMBS student who has been in good standing throughout the course and whose teamwork, clinical skills and empathy in the practice of clinical internal medicine are judged to be the best.