Congratulations to Dr James Brown for being the recipient of ACRRM’s 2018 distinguished service award, bestowed to those who provide a significant contribution to Rural and Remote Medicine and their rural community. James has been instrumental to connecting individuals, stakeholders and communities with his dedication to ‘fit for purpose’ rural education and training. James heads the EV GP Training research team in his role as Director of Education & Quality Improvement. He has a clinical and educational background and has been involved in GP educational research since 2011. His research activity is largely qualitative with a particular emphasis on in-practice training. He is currently completing a PhD in the GP supervisory relationship. His aspiration is to link scholarship with practice in GP vocational education. For full details on the 2018 ACRRM Awards visit their website.