Dr Debra Patten
Director in Anatomy and Clinical Skills & Senior Lecturer in Anatomy
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7292
- Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5517
- Address: Anatomy and Clinical Skills
School of Medical Education
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
Debra is a graduate of the University of Sheffield (Anatomy and Cell Biology) and gained her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at the University of Durham. She has previously worked in anatomy teaching departments at St. George’s University Hospital in London, the University of Southampton and Durham University.
Since 2010 she has worked in The Anatomy and Clinical Skills Unit at Newcastle University as a senior lecturer in anatomy. She teaches anatomy to undergraduate medical students and also to postgraduate clinical colleagues in Newcastle and at the Royal College of Surgeons.
B.Sc. (Hons) Anatomy and Cell Biology (University of Sheffield)
Ph.D. (University of Durham)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Southampton)
2003-2009, Anatomy Lecturer, Durham University
2001-2003, Anatomy Lecturer, Southampton University
1999-2001, Learning Resources Facilitator/Prosector, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
CETL Fellow within the CETL4HealthNE (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Health in the North-East).
Licensed Teacher of Anatomy.
Member of The Anatomical Society.
Member of The Association for the Study of Medical Education.
Debra Patten joined the School of Medical Education Development in January 2010; she teaches anatomy to medical students studying on the MBBS programme.
She is module leader for the MRES Module in Surgical Anatomy.
She teaches clincial anatomy at postgraduate level on a range of medical CPD courses.
She is an external examiner at St.George's University (London) and also at Leeds University.
Debs’ current research is in medical education, particularly related to innovations in anatomy teaching, learning and assessment. Debs is interested in the effect of spatial awareness on an individual's ability to learn and understand anatomy (particularly cross-sectional anatomy), and how this ability can be applied to interpret clinical images. Ultrasonography produces cross-sectional sonoimages which are especially difficult to comprehend and therefore gaining insight the pedagogy of ultrasound instruction is an area of interest as ultrasound in increasing widely used in the clinical arena. More broadly, Debs is interested in curriculum development which includes development of an undergraduate ultrasound curriculum to prime students for later encounters with Point of Care Ultrasound.
Deb’s previous research publications focus on her Ph.D. studies in neuropharmacology and the effect of neuromodulatory drugs on ligand-gated ions channels.
- Goff I, Wright D, Patten D. Rheumatologists' Ultrasound Confidence and Interpretation of Normal Anatomy Are Improved by a Cadaver Based Sonoanatomy Course. In: Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). 2012, Washington, DC, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Patten D, Donnelly L, Richards S. Studying living anatomy: the use of portable ultrasound in the undergraduate medical curriculum. International Journal of Clincial Skills 2010, 4, 72-7.
- McLachlan JC, White P, Donnelly JL, Patten D. Student Attitudes to Peer Physical Examination: A Qualitative Study of Changes in Expressed Willingness to Participate. Medical Teacher 2010, 32(2), e101-e105.
- Finn GM , Patten D, McLachlan JC. The impact of wearing scrubs on contextual learning. Medical Teacher 2010, 32(5), 381-384.
- Mitchell BS, Xu Q, Jin L, Patten D, Gouldsborough N. A cross-cultural comparison of anatomy learning: learning styles and strategies. Anatomical Sciences Education 2009, 2(2), 49-60.
- Sato T, Patten D, McLachlan J. Cultural barriers to the spread of clinical skills teaching methods. International Journal of Clinical Skills 2009, 3(2), 95-101.
- Donnelly D, Patten D, White P, Finn G. Virtual human dissector as a learning tool for studying cross-sectional anatomy. Medical Teacher 2009, 31(6), 553-555.
- Patten D. What lies beneath: use of three dimensional projection in living anatomy teaching. The Clinical Teacher 2007, 4(1), 10-14.
- Patten D, Hughes J. Anatomy of the Urogenital Pain Systems. In: Baranowski, AP; Abrams, P; Fall, M, ed. Urogenital Pain in Clinical Practice. New York: Informa Healthcare, 2007, pp.23-44.
- McLachlan JC, Patten D. Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future. Medical Education 2006, 40(3), 243-253.
- de Figueiredo SG, de Lima ME, Nascimento Cordeiro M, Diniz CR, Patten D, Halliwell RF, Gilroy J, Richardson M. Purification and amino acid sequence of a highly insecticidal toxin from the venom of the brazilian spider Phoneutria nigriventer which inhibits NMDA-evoked currents in rat hippocampal neurones. Toxicon 2001, 39(2-3), 309-317.
- Halliwell RF, Thomas P, Patten D, James CH, Martinez-Torres A, Miledi R, Smart T. Subunit-selective modulation of GABAA receptors by the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, mefenamic acid. European Journal of Neuroscience 1999, 11(8), 2897-905.
- Patten D. Using ultrasound to teach anatomy in the undergraduate medical curriculum: an evaluation of the experiences of tutors and medical students. Ultrasound 2015, 23(1), 18-28.
- Mayes J, Davison E, Panahi P, Patten D, Eljelani F, Womack J, Varma M. An anatomical evaluation of the serratus anterior plane block. Anaesthesia 2016, 71(9), 1064-1069.