I am a clinical Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University. My main interest is in teaching and assessment of both undergraduates and postgraduates in my specialty area. I am an active member of the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABAOMS), and the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). I am currently leading a Special Interest Group within ADEE in assessing competence, seeking to find consensus in European Dental Schools.
I am involved in postgraduate teaching as an Educational Supervisor for oral surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery higher trainees as well as all levels of junior staff in the Dental Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary. I teach on postgraduate courses on a range of topics including management of bleeding disorders, pain management, maxillofacial trauma, minor oral surgery and management of ora-antral communications.
Clinically my surgical interests lie in Oral Surgery, covering the full range of the specialty. In addition I am heavily involved in the management and treatment of Maxillofacial trauma, undertaking a busy on call commitment.
I completed my doctoral thesis in 1994 in the study of postoperative pain.
My current activities are in education research with particular emphasis on developing competence in undergraduates and the emotional aspects of the clinical learning environment. This links with my strong interest in teaching and is part of my curiosity in the way in which new learners develop their clinical skills and become competent. This work has led to a number of publications in education journals. In addition I have presented my work at international education meetings (EApril, European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning).
I am undertaking a project in conjunction with the Education department at Newcastle exploring the theme of emotion in the clinical learning environment. Currently I am exploring sampling methods to allow the most pertinent recording of the emotional content of this environment. This has developed as a line of practitioner enquiry through the EQUATE (Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence) project at Newcastle.
I am module leader for the third year course in Oral Surgery. This is the first of three modules in the specialty all of which I have been heavily involved in developing over the last 25 years. This has involved radical revision of the course, changing to a block allocation amonst other developments. I have deveolped the competence assessments in the specialty in both exodontia and minor oral surgery.
These course are well received by our students, gaining 100% satisfaction scores in a recent course evaluation (2010).
I have been successful in disseminating teaching through workshops under the umbrella of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), as well as through the EQUATE project (Equal Acclaim for Teaching Excellence) and ADEE leading to interest from a diverse constituency including vets, lawyers, dentists and beauty therapists.
In the postgraduate arena I am involved in a number of courses including management of bleeding disorders, maxillofacial trauma, postoperative pain management, minor oral surgery, and management of oro-antral communications.