Dr James McMillan

Senior Clinical Teacher (Teaching and Scholarship)

Undergraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

Widening Participation Mentor

Undergraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

Clinical Teaching Fellow

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James McMillan is a sessional general practitioner and medical educator. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1999. He completed his general practice specialist training in Tayside and worked in partnership in Perth for about 5 years. Following this he spent two and a half years as a physician in rural Alberta, Canada. He has worked as an educator at the University since 2015.

Current Roles:

  • Academic lead for year 3 of the general practice component of the MB ChB curriculum
  • Clinical Teacher at the University of Dundee Clinical Skills Centre
  • In addition to my undergraduate work I contribute on a sessional basis to postgraduate clinical teaching and have co-authored the NHS Education for Scotland course to support clinical skills training for pharmacists.


Previous work as part of the team that devised and piloted the Dundee Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship fostered an interest in the concept of lifelong learning and related educational theory and practice. This concept was the foundation for a Masters degree in medical education. I continue to develop my interest in this field not only through my work on the MB ChB program but also by collaborating with the BMSC Medical Education degree program and with the postgraduate Centre for Medical Education.

Workshops and Presentations

McMillan J., (2019, December). A scientific realist informed inquiry into graduating medical students’ conceptualisations of ‘lifelong learning’ and the related influences of medical training. Presentation at the School of Education & Social Work’s Annual Research & Scholarship Conference, University of Dundee.

McMillan J., (2019, November). Signals, noises, barriers and bridges: Current thinking about feedback. Workshop presented at the Tayside General Practice Undergraduate Educators Conference, Dundee.

McMillan J., Jones L. (2019,August). To self-direct or not to self-direct, that is the question: Shining a light on curriculum dilemmas. Workshop presented at AMEE Conference, Vienna, Austria.

McMillan, J, Jones,L. (2018, November). “Learning to suck eggs?” A relaxed exploration of self-regulated learning, its relevance to our continuing professional development and that of our students. Workshop presented at the Tayside General Practice Educators Conference, Dundee.

Bartlett, M., Merrylees, N., McMillan, J. (2018, April). A new model of medical education in Scotland - the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. Workshop presented at the 8th National Scottish Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh.