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Health Sciences profile

Dr Megan Anakin

PositionSenior Lecturer and Education Adviser
DepartmentOffice of the Dean (Dunedin)
QualificationsBSc(McGill) BFA(NSCAD) BEd(Dalhousie) MEd(Simon Fraser) PhD(Otago)
Research summaryEducation research with a focus on teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation

Research

Megan Anakin is a Senior Lecturer and Education Adviser in the Education Unit of the Office of the Dean at the Dunedin School of Medicine. Her research aims to enhance our knowledge of students’ and teachers’ understanding and experiences of teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation in health professional education.

The types of questions she asks are: In a given context, how can student learning be optimised? How do the instructional methods, learning opportunities, and assessment practices that teachers use impact their students’ achievement? How does the structure and implementation of curriculum influence student engagement and learning? Her interests focus on students’ experiences of learning and assessment, students’ conceptual development, curriculum and faculty development, and interprofessional education. She has established collaborations with Departments within the Otago School of Medicine and the Schools of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy at the University of Otago, Dunedin; and with the Department of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.

In her past life she was a teacher. She has taught in primary, secondary, and tertiary classrooms in Canada, the UK, and New Zealand.

Publications

Ma, R., McHaffie, A., Subramaniam, R. M., & Anakin, M. (2022). Student and educator experiences of an integrated medical imaging curriculum. Academic Radiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2022.05.006

Phang, R., Beck, S., Dar, O., Robertson-Smith, J., Fyfe, C., Scanlan, M., Thomas, S., Wrigley, R., & Anakin, M. (2021). Using systems thinking to identify staff and patient safety issues in infectious disease simulation scenarios. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 61, 23-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.08.026

McMillan, M., Rhodes, J., Winder, P., Strathearn, M., & Anakin, M. (2021). Comparing evaluation responses of an interprofessional education initiative with students in undergraduate nursing and medical programmes. Nurse Education Today, 105, 105023. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105023

Davies, N., Anakin, M., & Dennis, C. (2021). "TiMEtoTeach": An approach to recognise and develop 'universal faculty' as teachers of undergraduate medical students. Medical Teacher, 43(8), 906-907. doi: 10.1080/0142159x.2021.1929909

Anakin, M., & McDowell, A. (2021). Enhancing students’ experimental knowledge with active learning in a pharmaceutical science laboratory. Pharmacy Education, 21, 29-38. doi: 10.46542/pe.2021.211.2938

Linsell, C., Cox, A., Anakin, M., Jones, R., & Smith, D. (2015). Algebra everywhere: Developing students' algebraic thinking with meaningful dialogue. In R. Averill (Ed.), Mathematics and statistics in the middle years: Evidence and practice. (pp. 271-288). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Ma, R., McHaffie, A., Subramaniam, R. M., & Anakin, M. (2022). Student and educator experiences of an integrated medical imaging curriculum. Academic Radiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2022.05.006

Journal - Research Article

Anakin, M. G., Duffull, S. B., & Wright, D. F. B. (2021). Therapeutic decision-making in primary care pharmacy practice. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 17, 326-331. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.04.005

Journal - Research Article

Anakin, M., & McDowell, A. (2021). Enhancing students’ experimental knowledge with active learning in a pharmaceutical science laboratory. Pharmacy Education, 21, 29-38. doi: 10.46542/pe.2021.211.2938

Journal - Research Article

Beck, S., Carlin, E., Moore, K. G., & Anakin, M. (2021). Adapting online education resources to meet the needs of an emergency medicine training programme in a pilot feasibility study. MedEdPublish, 10(1), 80. doi: 10.15694/mep.2021.000080.1

Journal - Research Article

Lee, C., Hall, K., Anakin, M., & Pinnock, R. (2021). Towards a new understanding of uncertainty in medical education. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 27, 1194-1204. doi: 10.1111/jep.13503

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McMillan, M., Rhodes, J., Winder, P., Strathearn, M., & Anakin, M. (2021). Comparing evaluation responses of an interprofessional education initiative with students in undergraduate nursing and medical programmes. Nurse Education Today, 105, 105023. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105023

Journal - Research Article

Phang, R., Beck, S., Dar, O., Robertson-Smith, J., Fyfe, C., Scanlan, M., Thomas, S., Wrigley, R., & Anakin, M. (2021). Using systems thinking to identify staff and patient safety issues in infectious disease simulation scenarios. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 61, 23-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.08.026

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Ali, A., Anakin, M., Tweed, M. J., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2020). Towards a definition of distinction in professionalism. Teaching & Learning in Medicine, 32(2), 126-138. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2019.1705826

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Anakin, M., Jouart, M., Timmermans, J., & Pinnock, R. (2020). Student experiences of learning clinical reasoning. Clinical Teacher, 17, 52-57. doi: 10.1111/tct.13014

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Marra, C. A., Khakban, A., Wilby, K. J., Buckham, R. B., & Anakin, M. (2020). Using best-worst choice methodology in a survey of pharmacists regarding pharmacy practice skills teaching. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 84(12), 848015, 1603-1609. doi: 10.5688/ajpe848015

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Olson, H., Ronayne, C., Anakin, M., Meldrum, A., & Rich, A. (2020). Working together in clinical pathology: An interprofessional education initiative for dentistry, oral health, and medical laboratory science teachers and students. MedEdPublish, 9(1), 9. doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000009.2

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Wright, D. F. B., Duffull, S. B., Wilby, K. J., Peterson, A. K., & Anakin, M. G. (2020). Measuring the development of therapeutic-decision-making skills by practicing pharmacists undertaking a university-based postgraduate clinical qualification at distance. Pharmacy, 8(2), 83. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8020083

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Pinnock, R., Anakin, M., & Jouart, M. (2019). Clinical reasoning as a threshold skill. Medical Teacher, 41(6), 683-689. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1569754

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Pinnock, R., Anakin, M., Lawrence, J., Chignell, H., & Wilkinson, T. (2019). Identifying developmental features in student's clinical reasoning to inform teaching. Medical Teacher, 41(3), 297-302. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1463433

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Anakin, M., Spronken-Smith, R., Healey, M., & Vajoczki, S. (2018). The contextual nature of university-wide curriculum change. International Journal for Academic Development, 23(3), 206-218. doi: 10.1080/1360144X.2017.1385464

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Duffull, S. B., Wright, D. F. B., Marra, C. A., & Anakin, M. G. (2018). A philosophical framework for pharmacy in the 21st century guided by ethical principles. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 14(3), 309-316. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.04.049

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Gee, W., Anakin, M., & Pinnock, R. (2017). Using theory to interpret how senior clinicians define, learn, and teach clinical reasoning. MedEdPublish, 6(4), 13. doi: 10.15694/mep.2017.000182

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Nairn, K., Cameron, J., Anakin, M., Juntrasook, A., Wass, R., Sligo, J., & Morrison, C. (2015). Negotiating the challenge of collaborative writing: Learning from one writing group's mutiny. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(3), 596-608. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2014.973383

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van der Meer, J., Berg, D., Smith, J., Gunn, A., & Anakin, M. (2015). Shorter is better: Findings of a bite-size mobile learning’ pilot project. Creative Education, 6(3), 273-282. doi: 10.4236/ce.2015.63026

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Linsell, C., & Anakin, M. (2012). Diagnostics assessment of pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge. Mathematics Teacher Education & Development, 14(2), 4-27.

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Davies, N., Anakin, M., & Dennis, C. (2021). "TiMEtoTeach": An approach to recognise and develop 'universal faculty' as teachers of undergraduate medical students. Medical Teacher, 43(8), 906-907. doi: 10.1080/0142159x.2021.1929909

Journal - Research Other

Anakin, M., Cuthbert, A. M., Luo, Q., Mwangi, B. M., Scoggins, R. J., Tang, A., Wong, V., & Wright, D. F. B. (2020). How do pharmacy students describe decision-making about drug therapy? MedEdPublish, 9(1), 20. doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000020.1

Journal - Research Other

Bacchi, S., Asahina, A., Wang, D., Wagner, M., Pisaniello, M., French, J., … Anakin, M., Wilkinson, T., Gallagher, S. J., … Licinio, J. (2020). The associations among medical student debt, distress and resilience in the early years of medical school: An international cross-sectional study. Australasian Psychiatry, 28(4), 468-469. doi: 10.1177/1039856220917078

Journal - Research Other

Duffull, S. B., Anakin, M. G., & Wright, D. F. B. (2019). Understanding the process of clinical judgement for pharmacists when making clinical decisions. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 15(5), 607-614. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.08.005

Journal - Research Other

Wright, D. F. B., Anakin, M. G., & Duffull, S. B. (2019). Clinical decision-making: An essential skill for 21st century pharmacy practice. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 15(5), 600-606. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.08.001

Journal - Research Other

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