Ninewells 1974-2014

Teaching & Research

One of the key principles behind the design of Ninewells Hospital was the ‘embedding’ of the Medical School within the Hospital. Thanks to the University, Ninewells has been home to some influential and world-leading teaching and research over the years, and the School of Medicine is now recognised as a world leader.

Doctors Born and Trained at Ninewells

Image above: In 1998, these five students became the first people to have been born at Ninewells Hospital and graduate from the Medical School here (copyright DC Thomson & Co Ltd).


cartoon demonstrating the OSCE

Image above: Dundee has led the way in medical education. Curriculum developments pioneered here have been adopted by many other medical schools, most notably the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) . This was developed in the 1970s as a reliable objective method of measuring clinical skills. Students are presented with a number of situations and have a fixed amount of time to deal with each one. The system is now used in 40 countries worldwide (courtesy of the Centre for Medical Education).

Clinical Skills Centre

Image above: The Clinical Skills Centre was established in 1997. Its simulated hospital ward and other facilities have made it one of the most technologically advanced in Europe (courtesy of School of Medicine).

Students in a Teaching Lab

Image above: Students at work in a current teaching tab (courtesy of School of Medicine).


Cancer researcher

Image above: In the field of cancer research, Dundee has made significant developments since the 1990s with Sir David Lane’s work on the p53 gene and Professor Bob Steele’s leadership of the national bowel cancer screening programme, which has reduced the number of deaths from the UK’s third most common cancer. Dundee is also making great advances in the detection and treatment of kidney, bladder and prostate cancers (courtesy of School of Medicine).


Clinical Research Centre

Image above: Opened in 2007, the Clinical Research Centre is a hub for clinical trial activity, focusing on key research areas such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. The centre has also become renowned internationally for its work in diabetes research, conducting large-scale population studies and using this data to deliver better health outcomes (courtesy of School of Medicine).






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