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Sarah Rennie

BMSc(Hons1), MBChB, MRCSEd, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Skills Director, Education Unit, UOW

Location: Wellington

About Sarah

Photo of Sarah Rennie for teaching profileI am an academic educator with a clinical background.  I have been involved in facilitating learning from an undergraduate student were I was involved in peer tutoring.  As a surgical trainee I continued facilitating learning of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, medical and in allied health professions, formally and informally.  I am committed to ensuring that learners develop their own learning style in a safe and supportive environment that enables them to build on and access their knowledge, skills and attitudes in an empowering manner.

Area of expertise

I have always been interested in research, initially starting out with traditional laboratory based quantitative research.  I have diversified and discovered the richness of qualitative research and the benefits of mixed methods research in education.  My initial research interest was investigating academic misconduct in medical school.  My PhD focused on Surgical decision making – investigating the factors that influence trainee decision making and developing an eLearning package to explore surgical decision making.  I also have an interest in the development of clinical skills and competency based education.

I am keen to supervise postgraduates in higher education who have research interests related to the clinical learning environment, cognitive reasoning and decision making and acquisition of clinical skills.  


Sarah is available to supervise postgraduates enrolled in HEDU502, HED510 and HEDU590.