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Dr Jennifer Kennedy graduated with MBChB from the University of Dundee in 1999 and went on to complete vocational training in General Practice within NHS Highland in 2005. Between 2006 and 2011 Jennifer combined working in General Practice with a tutor role for the University of Aberdeen based in the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. Jennifer moved to Fife in 2011 and was appointed to a career development post in the Tayside Centre for General Practice which she held for two years.
She then went on to co-lead the clinical consultation curriculum within the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee until 2016 before being appointed Deputy Programme Lead for years 1-3 of the MBChB programme. Jennifer was appointed Programme Lead for years 1-3 of the MBChB programme within the School of Medicine in 2018. She continues to practice clinical medicine as a GP Partner in Fife.
Jennifer became Admissions Convener for the School of Medicine in 2023.
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Higher Education Academy and graduated with a Masters in Medical Education (MMedEd) in 2016.
Jennifer is a member of the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance (MSCSA), the Medical Schools Council Educational Leads Advisory Group (ELAG) and the UCAT Consortium.
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 been involved in collaborative research projects with colleagues from St Andrews University and the School of Nursing and Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. These have explored inter-professional learning with nursing, medical and dental students engaging with marginalised groups in experiential communication skills teaching.
Dr Jennifer Kennedy is currently Programme Lead for years 1-3 of the MBChB programme and Admissions Convener within the School of Medicine. She has extensive experience in curriculum and programme design, educational governance, teaching, assessment and student support.
She is currently an external examiner for the undergraduate medicine programme at Queens University Belfast and Newcastle University.
Jennifer has a special interest in patient centred culture and runs an award-winning student selected module - Spiritual Care in the Healthcare Setting in collaboration with chaplaincy colleagues from NHS Tayside. She is a portfolio supervisor. She is involved in teaching on the BMSc in Medical Education, delivering sessions on feedback and learning styles. She has been a dissertation supervisor for this programme as well as the intercalated BMSc programme in Quality Improvement.