Medical Education Research

Learn about this department's research groups and the projects they are working on.

2014-2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

Research group lead: Dr Ute Knoch

Strong written communication skills among overseas trained doctors and nurses are critical to the quality of patient records and safe patient care.

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Art in medicine programs: Student, academic, and practitioner perspectives

Research group lead: Associate Professor Eleanor Flynn

These programs usually focus on either the close observation of the art as a way of improving the clinical observation skills of participants or on the students’ emotional and empathic response to the art as a way of connecting them to the situations they witness in their clinical experiences.

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Candidate perceptions of the Multiple Mini Interview as a Selection Tool for Medicine

Research group lead: Research Fellow Kate Reid

The current research provides an opportunity to explore the perceptions of candidates seeking admission to an Australian university about participating in MMIs for selection to health professional training and will enable comparison with the small body of international literature.

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Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation

Research group lead: Agnes Dodds

The Curriculum, Assessment and Evaluation group undertakes research in a broad range of areas related to the development, implementation and evaluation of entry to practice and other medical programs.

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Development of a Study Diary Application

Research group lead: Research Fellow Anna Ryan

There is considerable challenge in assessing and interpreting the impacts of educational interventions. Study behaviour is an important indicator of these impacts and changes in the intensity, duration, timing and prioritisation of study activities provide useful metrics of the size and scope of these changes.

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Experiences of working as a Urological Teaching Associate teaching sensitive exams: A qualitative study

Research group lead: Research Fellow Kate Reid

The purpose of this research is to explore in depth the experiences of men currently employed by the University of Melbourne UTA program. In particular, we are interested in understanding why men are motivated to join the program, and in exploring their beliefs about how participating in the program has impacted on them more broadly.

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Guiding assessment for learning in Indigenous health

Research group lead: Associate Professor Clare Delany

The project aims to further advance the scholarship of Indigenous health education by examining current teaching and assessment practices at a master’s level and mapping them against specified higher education standards of learning, and pedagogies of teaching and learning

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Healthcare Communication

Research group lead: Robyn Woodward-Kron

The Healthcare Communication group investigates health professional-patient interactions, inter and intra-professional communication, and learner medical discourses to inform health professional education.

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Predicting achievement in medical school: The role of selection measures and student characteristics

Research group lead: Agnes Dodds

The current study aims to assess the predictive validity of the GAMSAT as a test of suitability for medical study alone and when combined with other selection instruments.

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Refinement of Feedback in Progress Testing

Research group lead: Anna Ryan

This research project builds Dr Ryan's PhD research which explored how different kinds of post-test feedback influenced medical student study behaviours and acquisition of knowledge.

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Student Engagement and Experience

Research group lead: Clare Delany

The Student Engagement and Experience group undertakes research into the student/health professional experience of learning in different stages of the professional practice journey. Research from this group examines factors which influence student learning.

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The fear of medical error: A growth mindset approach to ‘second victim’ support

Research group lead: Professor Jill Klein

In this research we will examine the impact of a growth mindset on medical error anxiety.

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They do tell you a lot. Supporting staff who support Medical Students

Research group lead: Eleanor Flynn

This project addresses the national priority areas of clinical supervision and patient safety (Health Workforce Australia 2012a) by using a rigorous and scholarly approach to research and develop an evidence based intervention for an under-researched group– the clinical teachers and support staff who deliver workplace based training to medical and other health professional students.

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