School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Dr Bryan Burford

Lecturer in Medical Education


My background is in psychology and ergonomics, but I have been working in medical education research since 2005. I joined Newcastle University as a lecturer in 2013. 

My primary role is to develop and deliver a range of internal and externally funded research projects as part of a programme of work developed with Dr Gill Vance (see 'Research' tab for more details).

As well as research, I contribute to teaching on the Masters in Medical Education, and supervise MClinEd, MD and PhD students.

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My research interests focus on the transitions which take place through medical education: becoming a medical student; progressing through the MBBS programme, and qualification and beginning work in the Foundation Programme.

Questions arising from this reflect two areas:

  1. How do people become doctors? (Questions of subjective experience of these transitions, professional identity development and socialisation).
  2. How can education make that transition easier and safer? (Questions of process and curriculum issues, including widening participation to medical education, the role of simulation and technology enhanced learning).