Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Pillar 5 - Health Professions Education

The aim of Health Professions Research in the School of Pharmacy is to undertake research in the key areas of curriculum design, teaching and learning and assessment, informed by education needs and within the context of the wider higher education framework, to expand knowledge in the field and develop new approaches to lead in health professions education.

The research has supported the design and development of a National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) and an integrated Master of Pharmacy (MPharm). Novel teaching methods, including the use of Technology Enhanced Learning and Interprofessional Education, have been introduced. All aspects of assessment including workplace based assessment and the validity and reliability of high-stakes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) have been investigated. This provides us with opportunities for research that informs international best-practice.

Our research is enhanced through collaboration with the Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC) in RCSI, the 3U N-STEP (National Initiative in STEM Education and Practice), established by the 3U partnership to advance teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and international collaborators.

Health Professions Education

The key themes and areas of research within this pillar are:

  • Integrated consultation skills  all forms of communication skills and clinical reasoning
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Interprofessional education 

Principal investigators:

Prof Paul Gallagher 

Dr James Barlow  

Ms Michelle Flood 

Dr Cristín Ryan

Dr Judith Strawbridge