Speakers & Facilitators

Keynote Speakers




Dr Lynn Monrouxe

  • Director of Medical Education Research
  • Institute of Medical Education
  • Cardiff University ?

L MonrouxeLynn is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Director of Medical Education Research at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales, UK (2007 to present) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Following her degree in Psychology (1998) she obtained a PhD (2001) in Cognitive Linguistics. She worked as an experimental psychologist before joining the Peninsula Medical School in 2003. She began to take an interest in qualitative methods to study medical students’ identity formation and the role of patients in medical education. In 2008, she was awarded an International Visiting Research Fellowship at School of Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Research, University of Sydney, Australia.

Her current interest focuses on identity construction, student-doctor-patient interaction, professionalism in medical education and the role of theory in research. She is presently Principle Investigator on a range of research projects employing qualitative and quantitative methods, including the largest video ethnographic study to date examining doctor-patient-student interaction during bedside teaching encounters. Lynn is Deputy Editor for the highest ranked education journal (scientific disciplines) Medical Education and has published over 50 articles across a range of journals and books including Medical Education, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine and Qualitative Health Research.

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Professor Charlotte Rees

C ReesCharlotte Rees is a social scientist and educationalist by background. She is Professor of Education Research and Director of the internationally renowned Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee, UK.

Charlotte has held previous positions as Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia; Senior Lecturer and Foundation Academic Lead for Human Sciences, Communication Skills and Professionalism at Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, UK; and Lecturer at the Nottingham Medical School, University of Nottingham, UK.

For over 10 years, Charlotte has developed a program of research about patient-centered professionalism in medical education. Her current and future plans for research include exploring healthcare students’ professionalism and professional identity formation and student-patient-tutor interaction in the healthcare workplace. Although she has extensive experience with quantitative research methods, her methodological approach largely draws on qualitative methods currently. Charlotte is particularly interested in innovations in qualitative data analysis in medical education research such as systematic metaphor, discourse and narrative analysis.

She has published over 70 articles across a broad range of journals including Medical Education, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, Communication & Medicine and Qualitative Health Research and is about to have her first co-edited book published by Oxford University Press: First Do No Self-Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience. She is Deputy Editor for one of the highest ranked education journals (scientific disciplines) Medical Education and is a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 sub-panel for Education.

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Mrs Margaret Murphy

M MurphyFollowing the death of her son as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate. Margaret is the External Lead, WHO Patients for Patient Safety (a network of 200-plus patient safety champions from 51 countries with 19 collaborating organisations). Her work focuses on how adverse events can have the potential to be catalysts for change as well as being opportunities for learning, identifying areas for improvement and preventing recurrence. Her area of particular interest is education as a vehicle to achieve sustainable culture change. To date, Margaret has been invited to partner and collaborate in areas of:

  • Policy-making (Commission on Patient Safety & Quality Assurance and implementation steering group; member HSE National Risk Committee) ,
  • Standard-setting (HIQA working group)
  • Regulation (lay member, Irish Medical Council serve policy committee and preliminary proceedings committee),
  • Education (Lectures to students UCC, Trinity, UHG, Queens)
  • Research (Collaborator on EU Handover Project, QUASER Project, reviewer of final stage applications for NIHR funding for Translation Research Centres in UK).
  • Conference speaker – often keynote (conferences, seminars, learning sets: (Ireland, UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia)
  • Critical incident reviews.
  • Designated as one of seventy ISQua Experts in 2012

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Professor Eilis McGovern

E McGovernProfessor Eilis McGovern graduated from University College Dublin Medical School in 1978 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1982. She then trained in cardiothoracic surgery in Dublin, at the end of which she did a clinical fellowship in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

She was appointed as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon to the Mater and Royal City of Dublin Hospitals in 1987. In 1999 she transferred to St James’s Hospital in Dublin to oversee the opening of a new cardiac surgery unit.

She has a long track record in postgraduate training. She is a past member of the Intercollegiate Board for Cardiothoracic Surgery (UK and Ireland) and a former examiner. She chaired the Irish Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board from 2003-2007 and was a member of the Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee.

Professor McGovern was President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from 2010 – 2012, and in June of this year took up the post of National Director for Medical Training in the HSE – MET unit.

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Dr Ronan Kavanagh

  • Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Western Rheumatology Partnership
  • Galway Clinic 

R KavanaghDr Ronan Kavanagh is a Galway based Rheumatologist, speaker, blogger and social media enthusiast. He has a special interest in the management of inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis and runs a clinic for musicians with musculoskeletal problems. Dr Kavanagh also has an active interest in medical innovation and educate himself and his patients using new internet technologies and social media.

He also runs innovative educational meetings for health care professionals, writes a regular blog, and acts as a consultant to medical technology startup companies. He is the proud chairman of the board of Macnas Theatre Company.
He is also a former president and secretary of the Irish Society for Rheumatology and a founding member of Performing Arts Medicine Ireland and a member of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, Performing Arts Medicine Association (USA) and the American College of Rheumatology.

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Professor Peter Cantillon

  • Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
  • NUI Galway 

P CantillionDr Peter Cantillon is an educationalist with a special interest in clinical education and faculty development. He holds a personal chair in primary care at NUI Galway in Ireland. Peter leads faculty development in his own institution as well as nationally through his chairmanship of the Irish Network for Medical Educators, (INMED). With an international reputation in clinical education teacher development, Peter’s early research focused on offsite and distance education teacher training interventions.

More recently his research focus is on the development of clinical teachers in the workplace. Peter developed an approach to rendering learning theory accessible for clinical educators through the ABC in Learning and Teaching series with the BMJ in 2003. The 12 article series was subsequently developed into a successful book by BMJ Publishing in 2003. The book is currently available in a 2nd edition published by Wiley Blackwell, 2010. Peter is an active promoter of educational research in Ireland through his directorship of the NUI Galway Masters in Clinical Education. Further details of Peter’s research can be found at his research blog (FacDev@Work) or by following him on twitter @CantillonP

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Professor Jennifer Cleland

J ClelandProfessor Jennifer Cleland is a clinical and research psychologist and has led medical education research across the College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, since 2008, first as a Senior Lecturer and subsequently as a Professor. She has held the John Simpson Chair of Medical Education since 2011.

From 2001 to 2011, Professor McCleland lead on Clinical Communication within the Aberdeen MBChB and now Chairs the Community Course, which introduces medical students to the community specialties, through Years 1-3 of the MBChB. She strategically led this teaching and learning through two curriculum reforms.   As Professor of Medical Education Research, she provides strategic leadership for research, builds research capacity and creates effective research partnerships. She is Chair of the Education Research Group of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) , a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, Europe (AMEE) International Research Board, and Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher. She has published extensively in medical education.

Professor McCleland has had an active interest in leadership for nearly 20 years, from a light bulb moment studying leadership as a Masters student, to an ongoing, reflexive exploration of leadership across the contexts of research, practice and personal development.

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Professor David Blaney

David BlaneyProfessor David Blaney was a GP in the Highlands of Scotland before moving to be Director of Postgraduate GP Education in Edinburgh. Following this he was appointed Undergraduate Dean of the Hull/York Medical School. His interests include doctor/patient communication, how doctors learn and professional underperformance. He joined the Medical Protection Society last year with a remit to develop educational interventions to remediate high risk/poorly performing doctors. David is a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor at the University of York.

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Dr Shane O'Hanlon

Shane O'HanlonShane O’Hanlon is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at University Hospital Limerick and module leader in Professional Competencies and Health Informatics at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. He has a special interest in e-Learning and his courses use collaborative online discussion to facilitate active learning. He designed one of the first courses on online professionalism, presented at ASME, and now used at medical schools in the UK and US. He chairs the Technology in Medical Education group at GEMS. He believes that social media is an efficient tool for highlighting relevant learning experiences for both students and professionals. He tweets about best evidence in geriatric medicine, and eHealth.

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Dr Anne Marie Cunningham

Anne Marie CunninghamDr Anne Marie Cunningham is Academic Lead for eLearning in the undergraduate medial course in Cardiff University. She also works as a GP in South Wales. In 2008 she started using social media to develop networks to support scholarship in medical education. This has resulted in an extensive Twitter presence, a widely read blog, Wishful Thinking in Medical Education, and a successful LinkedIn group on eLearning in medical education. She has also ran workshops and spoken on social media in medical education at several international conferences.

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Mr Paul Jones

Programme Director
Graduate Entry Medicine Programme
Swansea University

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