Gillian Scanlan

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Lecturer
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Biography

I joined the University of Dundee in February 2019 as a lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education in the Centre for Medical Education. The majority of my role involves the delivery of the Masters in Medical Education (both online and face to face). I am currently supervising two masters students. These projects focus on exploring curriculum development in postgraduate Emergency Medicine training in Chile and Exploring the factors that influence the development of self-assessment skills in undergraduate medical students in Canada.

My background is in psychology, undertaking a masters in Clinical Health Psychology between 2014-2015. This programme helped to increase my knowledge of psychological theory and how it is used in health care, as well as providing training in research methods. I gained experience of teaching undergraduate psychology students. I helped to deliver group teaching and helped to introduce undergraduate students to webinars and online group discussion forums. As part of my masters project I undertook a systematic review in the area of ‘screening for dementia'.  Moreover, I also undertook a formal piece of health psychology consultancy work, where I worked in a multidisciplinary team that included: psychologists, home careers, nurses and doctors. My role was to evaluate home care workers and home care management services within North Lanarkshire Council. This role also involved interviewing home care workers and validating whether the training they have received was implemented in practice.

I recently completed my PhD in Medical Education in 2019. My PhD combined quantitative and qualitative methods to examine and explore the factors influencing trainee doctors career decision making and how these link with trainee experiences of the Foundation Programme (FP) (the two-year postgraduate compulsory training programme after completion of medical school in the UK). Via a mixed method programme of research which included one to one interviews with FP Year 2 doctors, two discrete choice experiment studies and one quantitative survey, I identified that several themes/factors were important in the career decision making of Foundation Year 2 doctors. Throughout my time as a PhD student I was involved in delivering teaching and training sessions to foundation programme trainees in NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and pharmacists in Glasgow. This included problem-based learning sessions and group work.

Moreover, I have recently completed a project in collaboration with the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation and the GMC. This involved examining survey responses and feedback from trainers and trainees about placements and/or organisation/specialities or departments, including enhanced monitoring and “red flag” data.  The aim of the project was to identify if there are patterns in the data which may enable the GMC and individual departments to identify and address problems in a timely manner. The ultimate aim of the project was to develop guidance which can be used by departments to prevent them from going into enhanced monitoring.

Teaching

I am currently Module Lead or Deputy on the following modules: Learning Transitions in Health Professionals, Learning and Teaching in Medical Education, Curriculum Planning and Evaluation, Clinical Teaching and Leadership in Healthcare and Healthcare Education.

Publications


Scanlan GM, Skåtun D, Johnston P, Walker K, Cleland J. Today’s doctors: how do male and female early-career preferences and behaviour differ? (In preparation).

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Stirling S., Johnston P, Walker K. Do Intention and Social Demographics Predict Career Behaviour? A National Survey of UK Postgraduate Doctors. BMJ Open (In Press).

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P et al, (2018) What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? A discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open;8:e019911.

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Walker K, et al, (2018) Does perceived organisational support influence career intentions? The qualitative stories shared by UK early career doctors. BMJ Open;8:e022833.


Presentations and Awards

Invited Presentations

  • Keynote Address for the National Association of Clinical Tutors, 17th National Multi-Specialty Meeting, London, 16th-17th of January 2019.
  • Keynote Research Speaker for the Foundation Programme Directors Day, Perth, 29th May 2018.


Research Presentations
Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Walker K & Johnston P. Does perceived organisational support influence career intentions? The qualitative stories shared by early career doctors. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 27-29th of August 2018 (Research Paper Presentation).

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P, Krucien N, K Walker & Skatun D. What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? The Association of Medical Education Conference (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, 11-13th of July 2018. (Oral Presentation).

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Walker K & Johnston P. Does perceived organisational support influence career intentions? The qualitative stories shared by early career doctors. ASME Annual Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, 11-13th of July 2018. (Oral Presentation).

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P, K Walker & Skatun D. What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? The University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Winter Symposium, December 2017. (Oral Presentation)

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P, Walker K and D Skatun D. Working in a multidisciplinary team during your PhD: How to navigate successfully. Rogano Conference, Barcelona, 1-2nd of September 2016. (Oral Presentation)

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Skatun D, Walker K and Johnston P. Working in a new field with a multidisciplinary Team.  Medical Education Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 28-29th April 2016. (Oral Presentation)

Scanlan GM, Peer Victimisation, Sense of Coherence and Social Support. Presentation of undergraduate dissertation. British Psychology Conference (students). Edinburgh Napier University, March 2014. (Oral Presentation)

Poster Presentations

Scanlan GM, Skåtun D, Walker K, Johnston P & Cleland J (2019) Today’s doctors: how do male and female early-career preferences and behaviour differ? NHS Education for Scotland Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, 9-10 May.

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Walker K & Johnston P. Does perceived organisational support influence career intentions? The qualitative stories shared by early career doctors. NHS Education for Scotland Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, 28-29th of April 2018. (Commended Research)

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P, Walker W & Skatun D. What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? A Discrete Choice Experiment. NHS Education for Scotland Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, 28-29th of April 2018.

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston & Walker K. Does perceived organisational support influence career intentions? The qualitative stories shared by early career doctors. The International Health Workforce Collaborative Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 23-26th April 2018. (Best Research Poster Prize)

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston P, Walker K, & Skatun D. What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? NHS Education for Scotland Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, 4-5th May 2017.

Scanlan GM, Cleland J, Johnston PJ, Walker K, & D Skatun. Understanding Career Decision Making of Foundation Programme Doctors. NHS Education for Scotland Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, 5-6th May 2016. (Awarded Highly Commended).

Grants and Awards

Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium Open Access Funding (March 2018).
 - Successfully attained a grant of £1300 to publish in an open access Journal.

Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium Travel Fellowship (April 2018).
 - Awarded a travel fellowship of £750 to present two oral research presentations at the ASME 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, 11-13th of July 2018.

Awarded a fully funded PhD position (fees, stipend and training budget) from the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) via an open, competitive process.

 

Courses/Workshops Attended

  • International Researchers In Healthcare Education (InResh) Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland, 24th August 2018.
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Researching Medical Education Conference: How Policy and Practice can Inform Each other, 15th of November 2017
  • Writing Research for Publication Masterclass, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 28th March-1st of April 2017.
  • Medical Statistics Course (Intermediate stats), University of Aberdeen, 21st-23rd of March 2017.
  • The Rogano Conference https://www.roganomeeting.com/
  • How to get Research Published.  31st of August 2016.
  • NES - Understanding Discourse Analysis - 6th of May 2016.
  • NES - Why Are F2 Doctors Going Abroad? - 5th of May 2016.
  • Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) Preconference Workshop ‘Different ways of doing qualitative analysis’ - 28th April 2016.
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Researching Medical Education Conference, 18th November 2015.
  • Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), University of Aberdeen.  Discrete Choice Experiments, 4-6th November 2015.
  • Basic Cognitive Behavioural Training Module. The University of Strathclyde, September 2014-March 2015.
  • Motivational Interviewing Course. The University of Strathclyde, November 2014-December 2014).