Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton MBBS, MD, MRCP, FRCPCH, DipMedEd, FHEA, FAcadMEd, NTF

Dean of Medical EducationProfessor Deborah Murdoch Eaton

Medical Education
The Medical School
The University of Sheffield
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Tel: 0114-222-5546


  • Qualified from University of London Hospital Medical College in 1983
  • Trained as Paediatrician MRCP and FRCPCH ., with CCT in 1995
  • Consultant Neuropaediatrician Leeds General Infirmary 1995 – 2013 , Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital from 2013
  • National Teaching Fellowship awarded 2004
  • Professor of Medical Education Leeds School of Medicine until 2013, Director of Student Education School of Medicine
  • 2013 – appointed Dean of Medical Education, University of Sheffield

Research Interests

  • Feedback
  • Social Accountability
  • Generic Skills underpinning learning
  • Global health and international Medical education

Teaching Interests

  • Medical Education, Curricular Development, Feedback, Appraisal

Professional Activities

  • Dean of Medical Education
  • AMEE Executive
  • GMC Educational Associate
  • Editor 1. Sub-editor - Education and Practice, Archives of Disease in Childhood 2. African Journal of Health Professionals Education 3. CriSTaL – Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning
  • External Examinerships - held since 1997
  • International medical education development and Consultancy

Current Projects


  1. Feedback components within an effective “educational alliance”
  2. Recognition and utilisation of feedback – understanding perceptions, theorizing models recognition, interventions to enhance engaging and developing learners
  3. Cultural perceptions of feedback relevance and impact

Social Accountability

  1. Embedding Social Accountability within a research intensive university. Faculty MDH project, co-led with Professor Liddy Goyder, ScHARR.
  2. Developing and evaluating measures of Social Accountability. Collaborative work with University of Cape Town, and Bar Ilan ,Israel
  3. Socially accountable activities; impact upon a) learners b) University c) community partners

At Risk Students

  1. Impact of generic skills identification and training. Collaborative work with University of Cape Town

PhD Supervision

  1. Health Professional Educational Governance in Sudan
  2. Feedback – enhancing recognition , hearing and acting on the feedback message
  3. Embedding self – regulation teaching methods; simulation and preparedness for practice

Journal articles


  • Murdoch-Eaton DG & Roberts TE (2012) The doctor, Educating Professionals: Practice Learning in Health and Social Care (pp. 51-72). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Murdoch-Eaton DG & Roberts TE (2009) The doctor, Educating Professionals: Practice Learning in Health and Social Care (pp. 51-71). RIS download Bibtex download