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Dr Shaw is responsible for implementing the Year 3 and 4 curriculum for Deakin medical students attached to the Geelong Hospital Clinical School. He is deputy to Associate Professor Ross Carne. In addition, he is the convenor of the Year 4, Semester 2 curriculum, and chairs the Selectives and Electives Working Group (SEWG). Dr Shaw combines this role with a busy clinical practice as a consultant neurologist for Barwon Health and the Geelong region, along with clinical neuroscience research.
Dr Shaw teaches primarily in areas of clinical neuroscience, with a particular focus on equipping medical students with the skills to assess patients with neurological deficits, in order to facilitate localisation. His goal is for all his students to be able to competently assess neurology patients by the time they commence internship. In addition, he teaches and assesses students in both written and clinical examination skills, with a particular focus on general and subspecialty internal medicine, in order to prepare them for written progress tests and OSCE examinations.
Dr Shaw is currently actively undertaking clinical research as a co-investigator for several international multicentre prospective clinical trials, as well as a principal investigator in original observational studies based in the Geelong region and greater South-western Victoria. His particular focus is on neuroimmunology and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, primarily Multiple Sclerosis.