How can tomorrow’s doctors be more caring? A phenomenological investigation

16 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
How can tomorrow’s doctors be more caring? A phenomenological investigation

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ASMEBITESIZE: How can tomorrow’s doctors be more caring? A phenomenological investigation
Friday 16th October 2020, 4pm

This session was based on a discussion of the research underpinning the ASME ERC Research Paper Award (2019) which was conducted by Dr Hannah Gillespie. The study adopted a phenomenological approach to investigate patients' experiences of being cared for, and the findings explore these patient-centred views of caring.  The session opened with a brief overview of the research and the key findings. The challenges in conducting it were explored through an informal discussion between Hannah, Prof Tim Dornan (Hannah's project supervisor) and Dr Anne-Marie Reid who facilitated the session. Participants were invited to ask questions and contribute comments to the discussion through the live chat. An article based on the research (Gillespie et al 2018) has been published in Medical Education Journal

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Session presenters:

Dr Hannah Gillespie - 2019 ASME ERC Research Paper Award Winner 

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Hannah Gillespie is a junior doctor in Northern Ireland. She has just completed the Academic Foundation Programme, and is now starting a PhD in Medical Education. She was the winner of ASMEs ‘Research Paper Award’ in 2019.

Dr Anne-Marie Reid, Associate Professor of Medical Education University of Leeds and Chair of ASME Research Methodologies Group

Anne Marie Reid

Anne-Marie Reid is currently Director of Student Education (Medical Undergraduate Programmes) and is Chair of the Researching Professional Learning Group in Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME).  She was previously Dean of Teaching and Learning at St George’s, University of London, with responsibility for academic leadership and scholarship in medical education.  She has a Professional Doctorate in Education, is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Educational Research Committee of ASME (The Association for the Study of Medical Education).  She Chairs the ASME Researching Methodologies Special Interest Group.  Her research interests lie in professional and workplace learning with specific reference to Activity Theory. 

Prof Tim Dornan, Professor at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at the Queen's University Belfast


Tim studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. He trained as internist and endocrinologist in Oxford and Nottingham and conducted clinical research in Seattle, USA. He was consultant at Salford Royal Trust, Manchester. Following curriculum leadership roles, he did a Masters and PhD in Educationat Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where he was Professor and is now Emeritus Professor. As Professor of Medical and Interprofessional Educationat Queen’s University Belfast, he heads a research group and supervises research students from Bachelors to Doctoral level. He researches workplace learning, using implementation science to improve doctors’ ability to handle indeterminate, safety-critical situations. He uses various critical, qualitative methodologies to investigate power, inequality, and education for humanistic care. He is Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, received the Association for the Study of Medical Education’s Gold Medal, and has won national awards for innovation in medical education.