Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt

DPhil, C.Psychol, MA(Ed), SFHEA, AFBPsS, Occ.psy

Academic Unit of Medical Education

Lead for Professionalism and Patient Safety

p.vivekananda-schmidt@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5363

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Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt
Academic Unit of Medical Education
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
Profile

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

Selected projects

  • 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 https://www.surgicalgames.co.uk/
  • Understanding the role of belongingness in student performance and well being (with Professor John Sandars)
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Blackburn D, Percox FH, Vivekananda-schmidt P & Reuber M (2017) 28 Developing a teaching aid on dementia diagnosis using conversation analysis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Vol. 88(8) (pp A24.2-A24) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Johnsen HM, Fossum M, Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Fruhling A & Slettebø Å (2016) A serious game for teaching nursing students clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 225 (pp 905-906) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Campbell A, Ho A, Knox R & Lee M (2015) Professionalism Symposium 1: Designing Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Professionalism. 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P & Amin Z (2015) Applying Innovations In Technology To Enrich Learning And Feedback Experiences. 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Knox R, Charlton R, Sahota G, Lee S & Prince R (2014) Developing Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) to assess professionalism in medical students, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lewis M, Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Hassell AB, Coady D, Kay L, Walker D, Haq I, Rahman A, Dacre J & McLean MJ (2005) Validation of a perceived confidence log in the examination of the shoulder and knee joints. RHEUMATOLOGY, Vol. 44 (pp I79-I79) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Lewis M, Hassell AB, Coady D, Kay L, Walker D, Haq I, Rahman A, Dacre J & McLean MJ (2005) The computer assisted learning package, Virtual Rheumatology, has a measurable impact on the learning of musculoskeletal examination skills by undergraduate medical students. RHEUMATOLOGY, Vol. 44 (pp I79-I79) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Lewis M, Hassell AB, Coady D, Kay L, Walker D, Haq I, Rahman A, Dacre J & Mclean MJ (2005) What influences undergraduate medical students to utilise the computer assisted learning package "Virtual Rheumatology"?. RHEUMATOLOGY, Vol. 44 (pp I78-I78) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Hassell AB, Lewis M, McLean MJ, Coady D, Kay L, David W & Rahman A (2004) The computer assisted learning package, virtual rheumatology, has a measurable impact on the learning of musculoskeletal examination skills by medical students.. ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM, Vol. 50(9) (pp S273-S273) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Reinhardt-Rutland AH, Shields TJ & Anderson RS (2003) Visual acuity in negotiating the built environment: Eye motion data and speed. CONTEMPORARY ERGONOMICS 2003 (pp 183-188) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coady DA, Vivekananda-Schmidt P, Lewis M, Kay LJ & Walker DJ (2002) Agreement between medical and non-medical examiners in scoring a musculoskeletal OSCE.. ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM, Vol. 46(9) (pp S209-S209) RIS download Bibtex download

Datasets

Research group
  • Assessing the utility of a simulation based curriculum for undergraduate medical students (with Dr Michelle Marshall, Sheffield)
  • Teaching clinical reasoning skills to nursing students (with Dr Mariann Fossum, Norway)
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
Professional 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)