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Medical education research

Medical education is recognised as a specific area of higher education. Otago Medical School supports and encourages those involved in health professional education to keep up with and contribute to research that will inform innovation in the learning offered to our students. The School is actively involved in many research projects related to health professional education.

Medical education research support

Dr Kelby Smith-Han, Medical Education Academic Lead, is a first point of contact for anyone considering or undertaking medical education research. Kelby's role is to help lead, coordinate and foster medical education projects for the Otago Medical School, and to support researchers in conducting medical education research.


Tel  +64 3 479 5173

Pre-publication peer review

Otago staff working on research for publication in medical education journals are invited to request pre-submission feedback from other Otago researchers.

Request pre-submission feedback


Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Fund

The medical school has established a medical education research fund to support research by our staff into education that incluces MB ChB students. The fund is designed to foster active development of medical education research that will enhance our students' learning, staff staff development and curriculum development and delivery. The inaugural 2018 round offered up to $25,000, which was distributed across three proposals. Details of the 2019 funding rounds are now available.

Further information Medical Education Research Fund

PhD Scholarship - Medical Education

Otago Medical School supports our research-informed education by funding a PhD scholarship in medical education, which is advertised as it becomes available.

The first recipient of the scholarship, Dr Althea Blakey, is now based in the Bioethics Centre. The scholarship is currently held by Lis Latta, Dunedin School of Medicine.


If you are considering conducting research with Otago medical students, there is a process to undertake to ensure that our students are not overloaded with requests to take part in research or research that is inappropriate for our students. Please download and complete the form below and return it to Kelby Smith-Han in the early stages of your research planning. This process will be reviewed in 2018.

Student access request form

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Medical Education Research Symposium 2018

The 2018 Medical Education Research Symposium was held on Wednesday 6 June, with a focus on sharing research in health professional education that staff and students at Otago Medical School have conducted and/or are looking at conducting in the future. The symposium showed the diversity of medical education research undertaken at OMS combined with a providing a space to share research findings and ideas with each other as a School.

2018 Medical Education Research Symposium


Medical education resources include the Health Sciences library's subject aggregation page and links to various organisations which support medical education research and development.

Medical education research resources

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Research projects

Otago Medical School collaborates with other institutions on large scale research projects. These include the Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD), in conjunction with the University of Auckland and Health Workforce New Zealand, and CAPLE, in partnership with Otago Polytechnic.

MSOD logo

Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD)

Begun in 2005 under the auspices of the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand, since 2007 the Universities of Otago and Auckland have worked with the support of Health Workforce New Zealand to collect information from medical students' demographics and career intentions and influences on entering medical school, and then at intervals after graduation. This data is used to explore student training pathways to guide curriculum development and in developing more accurate information for future medical workforce planning.

Medical Schools Outcomes Database (MSOD)


CAPLE: Creating a Positive Learning Environment

Coordinated by Otago's Bioethics Centre, the CAPLE project aims to work with clinical staff to improve teaching and learning, and the overall clinical workplace atmosphere to make a positive environment for learning for all. 

CAPLE: Creating a Positive Learning Environment website

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