Dr Stella Howden


Postgraduate Medicine, School of Medicine

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Stella is Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the Centre for Medical Education (CME), School of Medicine, University of Dundee. Stella is the lead for quality assurance and enhancement for the Masters of Medical Education (MMEd) programme and contributes to learning, teaching and assessment across the MMEd programme. Stella’s career started in physiotherapy, working in the public and private sector, mainly in the musculoskeletal field. In 2000-2004 she undertook doctoral studies related to the experience and management of pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Following these studies, Stella moved into academia, working as a lecturer and then senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (2004–2014). Stella joined the Medical School in 2014.


Research interests include: exploration and evaluation of interprofessional education; healthcare students’ perspectives on professionalism and the relationship between emerging professional and digital identities; methods to support student engagement in curriculum development, evaluation, advancement of understandings of ‘quality’ in assessment and the use of network technologies to enhance learning.

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Masters of Medical Education

Stella is the lead for the MMEd module Curriculum Planning and Evaluation in Medical Education and deputy lead for Educational Support in the Health Professions. Stella is also a member of the teaching teams for Clinical Teaching and Medical Education Research. Stella also supervises MMEd, MD and PhD students.


Stella is an Undergraduate Medical e-Portfolio Supervisor (4th year).

Stella was delighted to become the first Higher Education Academy (HEA) Senior Fellow at the University of Dundee in 2014 and to be nominated: Most Inspirational Teaching of Postgraduates in the 2014/15 Student Led Teaching Awards.

Stella’s educational activities include teaching on the Certificate, Diploma & Masters of Medical Education courses. She is currently involved in the development of a new module on Educational Support.