MSc Educational Assessment
I have been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist for the past 18 years, specialising in pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and minimal access surgery.
I qualified in Medicine at University College Dublin (UCD) in 1989, after having read Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University, Montreal.
I trained at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Kings College Hospital, London.
I held the posts of Research Fellow and Clinical Lecturer (1995-98), and Senior Fellow in Urogynaecology (1998-2000) at Kings College Hospital.
I was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust (2000- 2007). I was Lead Clinician in Urogynaecology and Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery with a special interest in Minimal Access Surgery; Lecturer at Brighton and Sussex Medical School; and Tutor for the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
I am currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Clinical Lecturer, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University College Dublin, School of Medicine at the Beacon Hospital, Dublin (2007-to date). I teach students from the UCD Medical School and postgraduate trainees of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG).
I have been accepted for the MSc degree in Educational Assessment. The course is a two-year, part-time programme and will give me the skills to ensure that I can undertake the rigorous formative and summative assessment processes and appraisal of students and trainees and develop my interest in the assessment of ethical behaviour and professionalism in medicine.
Knowledge gained from the course will ensure that I can become an effective College Tutor and Education Supervisor and thereby enhance my participation in future education programmes.
The course will help me to be of better service to education and represent UCD and the RCOG locally with greater credibility and authority while striving to be part of the Academy of Medical Educators. I would also be better placed to act in response to the future strategic direction of the Medical School and of the University itself. Ultimately however the goal is to ensure safe and effective patient care.