Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education

Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

BICC Contact Information

BICC leader: Teresa Pawlikowska
BICC members: Prof Jan Illing, Prof Walter Eppich, Mr Gareth Edwards and Mrs Mary Smyth.

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BICC Background

HPEC is a member of BEME and supports systematic reviewing in health professions education at RCSI across all of their multi-professional schools and multi-national campuses. HPEC was elected to one of nineteen international BEME International Collaborating Centres (BICC). The RCSI BICC at HPEC contribution to the BEME Collaboration includes:

HPEC RCSI BICC has a database of multinational, multi-professional faculty across the RCSI group; this includes faculty in RCSI Dublin, Schools in Malaysia and Dubai, a University in Bahrain, and teaching hospitals in Ireland. A number of faculty members have experience in systematic reviewing including Cochrane reviews and we have a close collaboration with dedicated librarians. This database enables RCSI BICC to tap into a valuable range of professionals to engage in reviewing BEME protocols as necessary. 


RCSI BICC Primary Contacts

Teresa Pawlikowska (BEME Education Committee Chair), BSc (Hons) MB BS, M.Sc. (Hons), MRCP, DRCOG; Professor of Health Professions Education | Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) ([email protected])

Teresa Pawlikowska is the inaugural Director of the Health Professions Education Centre appointed  in June 2013. She is a GP and  an experienced medical educator and researcher having previously held posts in the UK at UCL and Warwick Medical Schools. Additionally she has designed and delivered a variety of medical education programmes in diverse environments abroad as part of EU and World Bank projects. She has also devised and developed research methods in medical education courses at Master’s and PhD levels. Teresa has taught and researched (and practiced) the medical consultation throughout her career, which was also the subject of her PhD registered at SHE, Maastricht. Areas of expertise: curriculum development, reform and alignment, inter-professional education, cultural sensitivity, integrated consultation and communication skills (including simulation), research methodology. Prof Pawlikowska is currently involved with international colleagues in a BEME systematic review on literature relating to consultation skills of medical students entitled “A Systematic Review of the Psychometric and Edumetric Properties of Assessment Tools for Communication and Consultation in Medicine for Undergraduates”.


Main areas of interest/expertise

RCSI BICC at HPEC main areas of interest are

Integrated consultations skills

Technology Enhanced Learning


Student teaching and learning- transitions and preparedness to practice

Underpinned by a multi-professional and multi-cultural environment, and a foundation of Best Evidence in Medicine (utilising and producing reviews)

Other areas of expertise include:

  1. Transitions:  includes transitions from  medical student to doctor, junior to senior clinician and the transition from overseas qualified clinician to a new host country.
  2. The clinical learning environment: this theme focuses on Interprofessional Education, clinical supervision, wellbeing and incudes negative behaviours and experiences of workplace bullying in the clinical environment.
  3. Simulation: particular focus on debriefing and feedback.
  4. Realist synthesis: a literature review process that aims to develop a theory to explain how an intervention works.


Contributions made to BEME


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