An undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, followed by a Masters and PhD in plant and seed toxicology and mycology, I went on to obtain a Masters in Education. My interest in medical education began in the late 1990s when I was invited to be part of the Curriculum Development Task Force responsible for implementing a problem-based learning curriculum (University of Natal, which later became the University of KwaZulu-Natal). After several years as Head, Division of Histology, I was offered a post in Medical Education at the United Arab Emirates University. For almost 6 years, where I was largely involved in the first 4 years of the undergraduate medical program, I took up a position as Academic Lead (PBL) at Bond University.
My research has largely revolved around student experiences in different parts of their training (e.g. the transition to the clinical environment, role models, the impact of their gender, etc.).
From January 2019, my passion for the environment has led me into Planetary Health, where I have been working nationally and internationally to advance environmental sustainability in health professions education.
Over the last few years, my research has largely revolved around student experiences in different parts of their training (e.g. the transition to the clinical environment, role models, the impact of their gender, etc.) and professional identity. More recently, most of my work is in environmental sustainability in health professions education.
In the discipline of medical education, my interests are largely around learning in the early years of the medical programme. I have published extensively in the areas of curriculum reform, generic skills development, problem-based learning, faculty development and professionalism.
More recently, with other colleagues in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, we have researched the development of medical students' professional identities, from the perspectives of students and their teachers. As medical education becomes a global enterprise and being an international medical educator, I have become interested in the internationalisation of medicine. Accompanying this, are issues around professionalism in different cultures and contexts.
Potential HDR students interested in any aspect of health professions or medical education can contact me.
There is a Health Professions Education Research Group in the Faculty, and it may be possible to tailor a project to suit a potential HDR student's needs, with one or more of the members of this group as supervisors and co-supervisors.