Professor Jason Last qualified in medicine from UCD in 1996 and, taking a surgery training pathway, became an Associate Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland before returning to academia to pursue research within the School. Since his academic appointment in 2000, he has received multiple teaching awards for his work in the education of healthcare professionals including medical students, physiotherapists, life scientists and radiographers.
Over the past 5 years, Jason has taken on positions of increasing responsibility within the University including the Director of Preclinical Education, Director of UCD's Graduate Entry Medicine programme, Associate Dean and Director of Educational Innovation. More recently, he was appointed to the position of Associate Dean and Director of Education Development and Academic Affairs with the School. Jason continues to practise community-based medicine on a part-time basis.
Jason has always been interested in the development of educational activities in the allied health professions, including podiatry. He chaired the national working group that led to the introduction of a four-year degree programme for chiropodists and podiatrists in Ireland, and continued to work alongside podiatrists by serving on the Podiatry Assessment Committee of the HSE.
An inspiring teaching and accomplished leader, as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy, Jason is heavily involved in the education of doctors and radiographers. His interest in developing a patient-centred approach to curriculum design has resulted in the introduction of Patient & Advocate Centred Education (PACE) initiatives throughout the School’s programmes.
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