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+64 3 479 3726
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
Department of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
MB ChB MGP(Dist)(Otago) DipObst(Auck) MRNZCGP
Research summary
Health and wellbeing of students and doctors, community based learning, reflective practice, professional development, undergraduate medical education, patient safety, inter-professional practice, somatisation disorder, and the role of Balint groups.
  • Convener, Healthcare in the Community module, Early Learning in Medicine, Otago Medical School
  • Convener, Nature of Medical Practice (postgraduate paper)

Dr Wilson works part-time in primary care at the Urgent Doctors Clinic in Dunedin.

Additional details

Short biography

Dr Hamish Wilson graduated from the University of Otago in 1978. He worked as a solo GP in Christchurch in the 1980s before taking up a part-time Senior Lecturer position in the Department of General Practice in 1996. He runs postgraduate courses for GPs and since 2008, he has helped to revise the Early Learning in Medicine programme for Year 2/3 students, convening the innovative Healthcare in the Community programme (HIC).

With Dr Wayne Cunningham, he recently published Being a Doctor: Understanding Medical Practice (University of Otago Press, 2013), a textbook that addresses the gap between medical theory and the reality of clinical practice. He has also researched and published on the doctor patient relationship, role modelling, complaints, and patients' experiences of health care. During his research and study leave in 2013, he travelled to Canada, USA and the UK to explore undergraduate curricula that address the health and wellbeing of medical students. He is married to Annette, has two adult children, and lives in Dunedin.


Ventres, W. B., Stone, L. A., Wilson, H. J., Sexton, S. M., Doukas, D. J., Cerdeña, J. P., … Frey III, J. J. (2024). Storylines of family medicine XI: Professional identity formation: Nurturing one’s own story. Family Medicine & Community Health, 12(Suppl. 3), e002827. doi: 10.1136/fmch-2024-002827 Journal - Research Other

Gilbert-Obrart, A., & Wilson, H. (2022). First experiences of the dying patient: Student essays from Australia. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 57(4), 256-258. doi: 10.1177/00912174221105841 Journal - Research Other

Wilson, H. (2022). Anticipating a side effect makes it more likely you'll experience it: This could contribute to vaccine hesitancy. The Conversation. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Warmington, S., Johansen, M.-L., & Wilson, H. (2022). Identity construction in medical student stories about experiences of disgust in early nursing home placements: A dialogical narrative analysis. BMJ Open, 12. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051900 Journal - Research Article

Wilson, H., & Gilbert-Obrart, A. (2021). Into the darkness: Medical student essays on first experiences of the dying patient. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 293-295. doi: 10.1071/HC19568 Journal - Research Other

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