RACP Trainee of the Year

Nominations closed 30 September 2021.

The RACP Trainee of the Year prize recognises a trainee who has made an outstanding contribution to the College, the community and/or trainee activities.

Dr Davina Buntsma | 2021 recipient

Dr Davina Buntsma

Dr Davina Buntsma is a dual Advanced Trainee in General Paediatrics and Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, with a strong interest in Indigenous health. She completed her training through The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Royal Darwin Hospital. Davina is recognised for her significant contribution and impact in supporting and improving education and training as Chair of the College Trainees’ Committee among other roles at the College. She is motivated by a desire to support junior doctors and believes the College has a powerful responsibility for physician trainee education, wellbeing and leadership development.

See our past RACP Trainee of the Year recipients.


The prize is open to all RACP trainees who have been in active training for at minimum of 3 months in the current year.

Any trainee nominated for their contribution who is admitted to Fellowship after nominations have closed in the current year remains eligible for the prize.

Ineligible nominees are those who:

  • submit a nomination on their own behalf
  • are a past recipient of the RACP Trainee of the Year prize

All RACP Fellows and trainees can nominate a trainee for the prize.


The RACP Trainee of the Year prize recipient receives:

  • the RACP Trainee of the Year prize certificate, presented at the 2022 RACP Congress
  • full RACP Congress registration
  • travel and accommodation to attend 2022 RACP Congress

Selection criteria

The assessment of a nominee's contribution in relation to others is an essential part of the nomination. Provide a detailed evaluation of your nominee's:


What extraordinary contribution has the nominee made to the College, Community and/or trainees over a sustained period of time?


How has the nominee demonstrated significant leadership, mentoring and support of other trainees?


What significant involvement has the nominee played in policy development and advocacy?

Education and training

What significant contributions has the nominee made to education and training?

Selection process

When reviewing all nominations, the RACP Fellowship Committee takes into consideration whether nominees have:

  • provided an extraordinary contribution to the RACP, community and/or trainees across the selection criteria over a sustained period of time
  • shown commitment and dedication to the RACP that exceeds expectation
  • engaged in a wide variety of services for the RACP on a regular basis

The Fellowship Committee reserve the right not to award the RACP Trainee of the Year prize if all nominations received don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

For more information about the RACP Trainee of the Year, contact the RACP Foundation.

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