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Niki Newman ImageSimulation Centre Director
Clinical Skills Director UOC
Convenor of Clinical Skills Vertical Module years 4 and 5
Senior Lecturer, Clinical Skills

MBChB DipPaed(Auck) MPH(Otago)  MAcadMEd

Tel +64 3 364 3892

Niki has been working in simulation-based medical education, developing clinical and professional skills in the MBChB programme at the University of Otago Christchurch (UOC), since 2009.

The UOC Simulation Centre (UOCSC) was developed as part of a Faculty of Medicine initiative to expand the Clinical Skills programme and facilities at the Christchurch campus of the University of Otago, Division of Health Sciences.

Niki's role is to lead the strategic planning and development as well as the day-to-day running of the Centre. She is also responsible for overseeing and supporting the use of the facility by all students and teaching staff but has direct teaching responsibility for the undergraduate medical programme.

She completed the Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program, Paediatric Simulation Instructors Workshop in Auckland in 2012 and the ESME Certificate in Medical Education in 2017 and is a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd).


Newman, N., Sim, G., Vernon-Roberts, A., & Wells, J. (2023). Usability and quality improvement of a clinical skills smartphone app based on medical student (end-user) feedback. Proceedings of the Ninth International Clinical Skills Conference. (pp. 64). Retrieved from

Gallagher, S., Mohammed, S., Gladman, T., Rennie, S., Radue, P., & Newman, N. (2021). Virtual simulation: Medical student readiness and engagement during the COVID-19 lockdown. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE): The Virtual Conference: Redefining Health Professionals Education Together. (pp. 159). Retrieved from

Newman, N., & Sim, G. (2019). Development of an app-based learning tool for medical students to access local clinical skills resources. Proceedings of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual Conference. (pp. 1266). Retrieved from

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