Jennifer graduated from the University of Dundee in 1999 (MBChB) and in 2016 with a Masters in Medical Education (MMedEd). She undertook her vocational training in General Practice in Inverness which she completed in 2005. She continued to work in General Practice within NHS Highland before moving to Fife in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Higher Education Academy and holds DRCOG and DFSRH. She is currently the Acting Convener for Systems in Practice (years 1-3) within the School of Medicine. Jennifer also continues to practice clinical medicine as a GP in North East Fife.
Jennifer's research interests are around feedback practices within medical education. Her Master’s thesis used video reflexive ethnography to explore the factors which influence tutor provision of feedback in experiential communication skills teaching. She has an interest in the role of ethnographic research within medical education. Her other interests are in consultation and communication skills, spiritual care in the health care setting and inter-professional learning.
Jennifer has an interest in visual research methods and ethnographic research. Her master’s research used video reflexive ethnography to explore the factors influencing tutor provision of feedback in experiential communication skills teaching.
Jennifer is involved in a collaborative research project with colleagues from Dundee and St Andrews University which aims to explore inter-professional learning with nursing, medical and dental students engaging with marginalised groups in experiential communication skills teaching. This project is supported by a SMERC research grant.
Lectures and conferences
Feedback to the Future: What factors influence tutor provision of feedback? Short Communication. Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). Helsinki. August 2017
- “Comms Cards” – A novel resource for communication skills teaching in medical students. Poster. ASME Annual Scientific Meeting: 50 years of Medical Education. Belfast. July 2016
- Patient and Public Involvement in Undergraduate Medical Education – the way forward? Workshop. NADEGS Conference. January 2016
- An exploration of inter-professional learning with nursing, medical and dental students engaging with marginalised groups in experiential communication skills teaching. Poster. Fernando Fernandes1, Thomas McConnachie1, Susan Carson1, Jennifer Kennedy1, Ruth Freeman1, Anita Laidlaw2, Gerry Humphris2. 5th National Scottish Medical Education Conference –Delivering Professionalism and Excellence in Scottish Medicine. Edinburgh. April 2015
- Teaching spiritual care to medical students – developing compassionate Doctors for tomorrow. Workshop with Gillian Munro and Lois Robertson. 5th National Scottish Medical Education Conference –Delivering Professionalism and Excellence in Scottish Medicine. Edinburgh. April 2015
- Using social media as a reflective tool to support face to face teaching among medical students. Workshop. NADEGS Conference, Stirling, January 2015.
- Using social media as a reflective tool to support face to face teaching among medical students. Workshop. ASME conference, Brighton, July 2014 – with Natalie Lafferty.
- Using social media as a reflective tool to support face to face teaching among medical students. Poster. NADEGS conference, January 2014 and ASME conference, Brighton, July 2014.
- Mind, Body and Spirit – Teaching Spiritual Care to Medical Students. ASME Conference, Edinburgh, July 2013. - with Gillian Munro.
- Establishing an interprofessional learning strategy – the challenges and successes. Workshop - with Irene McTaggart and Marilla Hunter. International Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow, June 2013.
- “See one, Do one, Teach one” – Teaching and assessing practical skills to medical students in the workplace. Workshop. TCGP Conference October 2012 Dundee.
Jennifer is a consultation and communication skills tutor for years 1, 2, 3 and 4. She delivers the 4th year end of GP block teaching on consultation and communication skills and is involved in transition block teaching to 4th years. Jennifer has a special interest in patient centred care and runs the student selected component - Spiritual Care in the Healthcare Setting in collaboration with colleagues from NHS Tayside. She is a portfolio supervisor and enjoys the role of mentoring students. She is involved in teaching on the BMSc Teaching in Medicine programme, delivering sessions on feedback, learning styles and research methods. She is also a dissertation supervisor for this programme.