Lysa Owen

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Senior Clinical Teacher and Widening Access Support Lead


Lysa Owen was educated in Belfast before studying medicine (MBChB) at The University of Dundee. After a clinical career in Emergency Medicine (MRCEM) in Tayside and Sydney, Australia, she joined the university as a clinical educator in the undergraduate medical program. She is based in the clinical skills centre. She is passionate about teaching useful skills to medical students and helping them learn effectively. She currently maintains her own clinical skills by doing weekly clinics in medicine for the elderly. Her areas of interest include simulation in healthcare education, qualitative research methodologies, widening access and participation, and raising awareness of issues around human trafficking. She has completed a Professional Doctorate in Education (D.Ed.).


In her “spare” time she is a mum-of- three, enjoy cycling, walking and baking cakes.

Higher Qualifications

2017 Doctorate in Education

Awarded by The University of Dundee

2007 FHEA

Awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

2007 PGCertTHE

Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, University of Dundee

2003 MCEM

Diploma of Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine by examination

1992 MBChB

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of surgery, University of Dundee


Thesis entitled “An exploration of motivation, relevance and realism in simulation based medical education: ‘I don’t want to look like an idiot’” for the award of Professional Doctorate in Education. The thesis was completed in addition to my teaching and clinical responsibilities and used a mixed method approach which explores learner motivation and barriers to engagement with simulation based medical education. Key underpinning theories are Self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci), and Domains of Realism in Simulation (Dieckmann)

PhD supervision

Supervision of undergraduate projects

4th Year Projects

Attitudes of widening access students compared to traditional peers in medical school.

‘Health professionals’ awareness of indicators of trafficking victims and referral pathways within NHS Tayside’

Modern day slavery: an evaluation of Scottish medical students’ awareness and attitudes to human trafficking

BMSc Honours Project

Free text adversity statements as part of a contextualised admissions process: a qualitative analysis (submitted for publication)

Education vacation Scholarship Project

Passing the baton: Can final year medical students deliver a safe and effective handover? (presented at International Conference)

Lectures and conferences


“Anxiety in Simulation is like an onion: It has layers”

Owen L.E.

Presented as oral presentation to 7th International Clinical skills conference, Prato, Italy, May 2017

“From Fairies to Simman: Tolkien and Realism in Simulation”

Invited Keynote presentation

5th Annual Homerton Simulation Conference, London December 2015

“Out to get you” Simulation as WAR and other metaphors

Owen L.E.

Presented as oral presentation to 6th International Clinical skills conference, Prato, Italy, May 2015.

Awarded Chairman’s prize for best oral presentation of the conference.

From Fairies to Simman: What can simulation learn from Tolkien?

Owen L.E.

Presented as oral presentation to 6th International Clinical skills conference, Prato, Italy, May 2015

“I don’t want to look like an idiot”: the relationship between relevance, realism and motivation in Simulation Based Medical Education.

Owen L.E.

Presented as oral presentation to 5th International Clinical skills conference, Prato, Italy, May 2013. Awarded Chairman’s prize for best oral presentation of the session

Do students who participate in educational research represent the year group as a whole?

Owen L.E, Taylor K, Ker J.S.

Poster Presentation Scottish Clinical Skills Network Annual Scientific Meeting, 2008.

Using a Simulated Urology Outpatient Clinic to prepare students for learning in an ambulatory setting.

Owen L.E.

Oral Presentation Association for the Study of Medical Education, April 2007

Evaluation of peer tutoring experience in Ambulatory care teaching

Poster Presentation. Association for Medical Education in Europe conference, September 2005

Electronic test requesting reduces errors in laboratory requests in undergraduate medical students

Oral Presentation, Ottawa Clinical Competence Conference, New York, May 2007

Electronic test requesting reduces errors in laboratory requests in undergraduate medical students

Poster Presentation, Scottish Clinical Skills Network Conference, September 2005


Team Leader in design, delivery and evaluation of new (2016-17) Gateway to medicine course to enhance equality and diversity by enabling disadvantaged applicants the opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications needed for entry to the 5 year MBChB program.

Substantial contribution to the medical undergraduate programme in Years 1-5 in clinical skills centre: substantial involvement in development of a new curriculum for 2012, preparation of teaching materials, collaboration with NHS teachers, preparation of clinical and written assessment materials. One example of leading was an innovation in Year 1 system block with introduction of a new pedagogy driven approach incorporating principles of flipped classroom, visible learning and mastery learning approaches for clinical skills.

Assessment of year 1-5 medical undergraduates. Clinical Assessment lead role for one year group on a rotational basis. Includes responsibility for blue-printing, question selection, question writing, question commissioning, delivery and evaluation of OSCEs. Leadership role in the introduction of Dundee AASESS; a new global scoring tool for use in OSCEs.


From Fairies to Simman: Tolkien and Realism in Simulation

Owen L.E.

Journal of Surgical Simulation. Volume 2, P 8-12, February 2016

The why, the what and the how of simulation based education: Preparing for the future

Harrison, N., Owen, L., Somerville, S., Stirling, K. & Ker, J. 1 Oct 2014 Health and Disease: Curriculum for the 21st Century Medical Students. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., p. 159-192

Reducing errors in laboratory test requests

Owen, McIlwaine, Ker

IJOCS International Journal of Clinical Skills. Volume 1 - Issue 1, August 2007.

How useful is simulation in preparing students for practice in the ambulatory care setting? Owen, Byrne, Ker

International Journal of Clinical Skills. Volume 2 - issue 1, May 2008.

A learning package for medical students in a busy Urology department: design, implementation and evaluation.

Owen Lysa E, Byrne Derek, Ker Jean.

Urology 2008; 72(5):982-6

The Evaluation of a ward simulation exercise to support hospital at night practitioners develop safe practice.

Hogg, Lorente, Keith, Ramsay, Ambrose, Owen, Ker

International Journal of Clinical Skills: Volume 2 - issue 2, September 2008

Getting Started - A practical Guide for Medical Teachers.

Chapter: Getting started in the ambulatory care teaching centre.

Lysa Owen, Heather Cameron, James Shaw

Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee