A BEME scoping review of educational interventions to develop cultural competence in health professionals
- Dr Aisling Walsh, (Lead Reviewer), is a social scientist and lecturer in Qualitative Methods and Health Research Ethics in the Dept of Public Health and Epidemiology, RCSI. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses and coordinates a module on applied methods in population health and health services research. She has completed a postgraduate diploma in health professions education. Aisling has coordinated a blended learning Masters in Technology Enhanced Learning. She has extensive experience of conducting qualitative and mixed-methods health research in Ireland and internationally, involving researchers and educationalists from different cultural contexts. Aisling has expertise in health services and policy research, particularly in the areas of maternal and child health, disability and health research ethics. She has been involved in a number of different types of literature reviews including narrative, scoping, and systematic. She regularly reviews for international journals such as International Journal for Equity in Health, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and Health Policy and Planning.
- Dr Elaine Byrne is the Research Director and a senior lecturer in evaluation, measurement and research at the Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). She is programme director for year 2 of the MSc Leadership, MSc in Healthcare Management and MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management. Elaine has developed online training material in qualitative research methodology for postgraduate students. She has supervised 11 PhD and over 30 MSc students and examined internationally approximately 20 postgraduate students. Dr Byrne has delivered Masters classes for RCSI in mixed methods research and in conducting literature reviews and on public and patient involvement (PPI) in research to The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She is external research proposal reviewer for the National Research Foundation of South Africa and for the Academy of Finland. She reviews regularly for numerous international journals including the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Action Research and BMC Public Health. She is a collaborator on a number of large multi-country research grants for her qualitative expertise. Dr Byrne has additionally completed a postgraduate diploma in health professions education.
- Dr Sally Doherty is a lecturer in undergraduate medical and nursing programs in RCSI Bahrain. Her research interests include obesity, diabetes, breast cancer & patient psychosocial needs and medical education, in particular student engagement, cultural aspects of teaching medicine in a global university and threshold concepts. Sally is a supervisor in the Institute of Leadership Master’s programme. She is also involved in the development of curriculum, assessment and student wellbeing. Dr Doherty is the Director of assessment and exams in RCSI Bahrain, and the Deputy convener of the RCSI Bahrain Research Ethics Committee.
- Dr Andrea Doyle is a Research Officer for the Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) at University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin. She is a medical physicist with research interests in the areas of medical education and simulation, and the development of medical education training tools and training programs
- Prof Samuel McConkey is Deputy Dean for RCSI for international curriculum development in RCSI. He has a clinical, research and educational background in tropical medicine, international health and infectious diseases.
- Prof Teresa Pawlikowska is the Inaugural Director of the Health Professions Education Centre at RCSI Dublin. She is a medical practitioner and educationalist having been awarded her PhD from SHE at The University of Maastricht. Teresa has contributed to the development of BEME and reviewing since she joined RCSI in 2013, and she is currently a member of the BEME Executive Committee .Her particular research interest is student learning and how faculty development can support its development. One aspect of her research role is focused on supporting RCSI as a BICC and underpinning faculty development in reviewing in health professions education as well as encouraging educational research in mixed methods across the RCSI constituent Schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy in Dublin and other global sites). Previously Prof. Pawlikowska was elected to the EGPRN board where she served for 8 years and developed research methods courses for a wide variety of audiences in the EU. She has been invited as a lecturer and as an external evaluator for a number of European educational projects and is visiting professor at Malmo/Lund University. Teresa has held posts in an established medical school (University College London) and the largest new graduate-entry medical school in the UK (The University of Warwick). As Head of the International Unit at UCL she delivered a variety of programmes in diverse environments as part of EU PhARE and World Bank projects. She speaks a number of languages and has been extensively involved in educational development projects in a variety of countries which has required cultural and contextual sensitivity.
- Dr Clare Walsh is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Leadership, RCSI Bahrain. She teaches a range of modules and supervises dissertations on the Healthcare Management and Quality & Safety in Healthcare Management postgraduate programmes. She has a Doctorate in Education and a research interest in the sociology of education. Research areas include cultural, political economy of education and civilisational analysis.