Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt - DPhil, C.Psychol, MA(Ed), SFHEA, AFBPsS, Occ.psy


Lead for Professionalism and Patient Safety

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

Tel:  0114-222-5363
Email:  p.vivekananda-schmidt@sheffield.ac.uk


I am a Chartered Psychologist with practitioner status in occupational psychology. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and a senior member of staff of the Sheffield Medical Education team. My interest and experiences are in:

  • Organisational development, managing change and training; developing and assessing professionalism and ethics and law education; human factors and errors in decision making.
  • Professionalism and Patient Safety which encompasses developing competencies in ethics and law, developing leadership and team working skills, developing as a reflective practitioner and teacher and values and competencies in developing as a safe practitioner.

I am module lead for the faculty’s compulsory Research Ethics & Integrity training for postgraduate researchers as well as the Faculty's Learning and Teaching Officer for quality.

Research Interests

  • Developing and validating assessment tools for performance
  • Technology enhanced learning, especially the application of Serious Gaming principles for medical and healthcare training
  • Understanding factors that influence student performance
  • Developing ethical training and ethical practice

Teaching Activities

  • Curriculum development in ethics and law, patient safety education, and research ethics and integrity
  • Application of medical ethics and law to medical or healthcare practice; and Research ethics and integrity
  • The role of human factors in patient safety, including biases in thinking
  • I lead on the Curriculum Development Module for the PGCert in Medical Education course

External Roles and Activities

  • Trustee and member of the Education Committee, Institute of Medical Ethics, UK
  • Editorial Advisor - Walker, H. (Editor). 350 Questions for the Situational Judgement Test (Medical Finals Revision Series). CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group.
  • National and International medical and healthcare education collaborations (e.g. Norway, Sri Lanka and Leicester)

Current Projects (Selected)

  • PhD supervision: Assessing the utility of a simulation based curriculum for undergraduate medical students (with Dr Michelle Marshall, Sheffield
  • PhD supervision: Teaching clinical reasoning skills to nursing students (with Dr Mariann Fossum, Norway)
  • Developing a serious game based training package the support the development of decision making skills of foundation doctors (Consultancy with Royal College of Surgeons, UK and Leicester); See www.surgicalgames.co.uk
  • Understanding the role of belongingness in student performance and well being (with Professor John Sandars)

Key Publications

Shaw, S.; Vivekananda-Schmidt, P. (2017). Challenges to ethically managing Parkinson's Disease: an interview study of patient perspectives. Journal of Patient Experience. Accepted for publication April 2017.

Johnsen, H.M., Fossum, M., Vivekananda-Schmidt, P., Fruhling, A., Slettebø, Â. (2016). A Serious Game for Teaching Nursing Students Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making Skills. Stud Health Technol Inform., 225: 905-6

Editorial Advisor - Walker et al. (2016). 350 Questions for the Situational Judgment Test’, Taylor and Francis, in print

Kaczmarczyk, J.J.; Davidson, R.J.; Bryden, D.C.; Haselden, S.W.; Vivekananda-Schmidt, P. (2016). Learning decision making through serious games. The Clinical Teacher, 13 (4), 277 - 282

Vivekananda-Schmidt, P., Crossley, J., Murdoch-Eaton, D. (2015). A model of professional self-identity formation in student doctors and dentists: A mixed method study. BMC Medical Education, 15:83.

Vivekananda-Schmidt, P; MacKillop, L.; Crossley, J.; Wade, W. (2013). Do assessor comments on a multi-source feedback instrument provide learner-centred feedback? Medical Education, 47, 11, 1080-1088.

Vivekananda-Schmidt, P.; Romano, D. (2013). A Four Point Guidance to Analyse Ethical Issues in Serious Game Development. Responsible Innovation in ICT; http://responsible-innovation.org.uk/torrii/tags/serious-games. (EPSRC, ESRC, DSR).

Vivekananda-Schmidt, P.; Vernon, B. (2012). FY1 doctors’ Ethico-legal challenges in their first year of clinical practice: an interview study. Accepted for publication in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics; October 2012.

Vivekananda-Schmidt, P. (2012). Ethics in the design of Serious Games for Healthcare and Medicine in S.Arnab I. Dunwell and K.Debattista (Eds). Serious Games for Healthcare: Applications and Implications. IGI Global, USA.

Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Crossley J, Bax N. (2011). Student doctors taking responsibility. Clin Teach., 8(4):267-271.

Mackillop LH, Crossley J, Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Wade W, Armitage M. A single generic multi-source feedback tool for revalidation of all UK career-grade doctors: does one size fit all? Med Teach. 2011;33(2):e75-83.

Crossley, J. and Vivekananda-Schmidt, P. (2009) 'The development and evaluation of a Professional Self Identity Questionnaire to measure evolving professional self-identity in health and social care students', Medical Teacher, 31: 12, e603 — e607

Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Lewis M, Coady D, Morley C, Kay L, Walker D, Hassell AB. Exploring the use of videotaped objective structured clinical examination in the assessment of joint examination skills of medical students. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Jun 15;57(5):869-76.