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Dr Jon Cornwall

DipPhty, BSc(Physiol), DMPhty(ManipPhty), PGCertTertT, MSc(Anat), PhD(Anat)

Senior Lecturer, Education Advisor, Centre for Early Learning in Medicine

Location: Dunedin

About Jon

Photo of Jon Cornwall for teaching profileI have a background in physiotherapy and the basic sciences (physiology and anatomy), and have taught across many health disciplines including physiotherapy, nursing, and medicine.  I am interested in many diverse educational issues including student wellbeing and bioethics as it relates to teaching delivery, and currently sit on the Federative International Committee for Ethics in the Medical Humanities, the board which oversees the development of global guidelines for body donation and the ethical use of human tissue in education.  I also sit on the editorial board of several journals in the field of medical education, including the top-ranked journal Anatomical Sciences Education, and have published across several disciplines including medical education and the basic sciences.

Areas of expertise

I have research skills that include expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including experience in projects across the humanities and the biological sciences, and have a particular interest in the student experience, student wellbeing, and bioethics.  I have supervisory experience that includes summer students, honours projects, and both masters and PhD projects, and have current projects that are looking at the utilisation of posthumous health data (funded by the NZ Law Foundation), education resource delivery on clinical genomics to general practitioners, stress levels in PhD students, and topics in the basic sciences including age-related changes in skeletal muscle.

I am keen to hear from students that are interested in projects that focus on elements of the student experience, student wellbeing, ethical issues around data sharing, and integration of basic science into clinical training.


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