Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt
DPhil, C.Psychol, MA(Ed), SFHEA, AFBPsS, Occ.psy
Academic Unit of Medical Education
Lead for Professionalism and Patient Safety
+44 114 222 5363
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Academic Unit of Medical Education
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
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
- 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)
- Validating an adapted questionnaire to measure belongingness of medical students in clinical settings. Cogent Medicine, 6(1), 1620087-1620087.
- Belongingness and its implications for undergraduate health professions education: a scoping review.. Education for Primary Care. View this article in WRRO
- Introducing quality improvement teaching into general practice undergraduate placements. Education for Primary Care, 29(4), 228-231. View this article in WRRO
- Developing a serious game for nurse education. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(1), 15-19. View this article in WRRO
- Nursing students' perceptions of a video-based serious game's educational value: A pilot study. Nurse Education Today, 62, 62-68. View this article in WRRO
- Clinicians' perspectives on the duty of candour: Implications for medical ethics education. Clinical Ethics, 12(4), 167-173. View this article in WRRO
- Letter to Editor of Medico-Legal Journal.. Medico-Legal Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Challenges to Ethically Managing Parkinson Disease. Journal of Patient Experience. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to nursing students: Design, development, and usability evaluation of a serious game. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 94, 39-48. View this article in WRRO
- Developing and implementing a patient safety curriculum. The Clinical Teacher, 13(2), 91-97. View this article in WRRO
- Learning decision making through serious games. The Clinical Teacher, 13(4), 277-282.
- A model of professional self-identity formation in student doctors and dentists: a mixed method study. BMC Medical Education, 15(1). View this article in WRRO
- Differing perceptions among ethnic minority and Caucasian medical students which may affect their relative academic performance. Education for Primary Care, 26(1), 11-15.
- Case-based learning: Integrating medical ethics and law into clinical practice. Education for Primary Care, 25(5), 283-287.
- FY1 doctors' ethicolegal challenges in their first year of clinical practice: an interview study.. J Med Ethics, 40(4), 277-281.
- Teaching exchange. Education for Primary Care, 25(5), 281-293.
- Do assessor comments on a multi-source feedback instrument provide learner-centred feedback?. Med Educ, 47(11), 1080-1088.
- Student doctors taking responsibility.. Clin Teach, 8(4), 267-271.
- Lessons from medical students' perceptions of learning reflective skills: a multi-institutional study.. Med Teach, 33(10), 846-850.
- Reflection on developing an undergraduate course: the value of an action research approach.. Educ Prim Care, 22(3), 152-158.
- A single generic multi-source feedback tool for revalidation of all UK career-grade doctors: does one size fit all?. Med Teach, 33(2), e75-e83.
- The development and evaluation of a Professional Self Identity Questionnaire to measure evolving professional self-identity in health and social care students.. Med Teach, 31(12), e603-e607.
- Exploring the use of videotaped objective structured clinical examination in the assessment of joint examination skills of medical students.. Arthritis Rheum, 57(5), 869-876.
- Validation of MSAT: an instrument to measure medical students' self-assessed confidence in musculoskeletal examination skills.. Med Educ, 41(4), 402-410.
- Cluster randomized controlled trial of the impact of a computer-assisted learning package on the learning of musculoskeletal examination skills by undergraduate medical students.. Arthritis Rheum, 53(5), 764-771.
- Simulated impairment of contrast sensitivity: performance and gaze behavior during locomotion through a built environment.. Optom Vis Sci, 81(11), 844-852.
- Viewing behaviour of spider phobics and non-phobics in the presence of threat and safety stimuli.. Br J Clin Psychol, 43(Pt 3), 235-243.
- RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERCEIVED CONFIDENCE AND ACTUAL PERFORMANCE IN AN OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION OF SHOULDER AND KNEE JOINT ASSESSMENT. RHEUMATOLOGY, 43, 94-94.
- The evaluation of multimedia learning packages in the education of health professionals: experience of a musculoskeletal examination package.. Nurse Res, 11(3), 43-55.
- NURSE PROFESSIONALS' PERCEPTION OF THE USEFULNESS OF THE COMPUTER ASSISTED LEARNING PACKAGE (CAL), VIRTUAL RHEUMATOLOGY. RHEUMATOLOGY, 42, 148-148.
- LEARNING RESOURCE UTILISATION BY MEDICAL STUDENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE MUSCULOSKELETAL CURRICULA. RHEUMATOLOGY, 42, 68-68.
- CAN VIDEOTAPED OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS (VOSCE) BE THE ANSWER TO ASSESSING EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME?. RHEUMATOLOGY, 42, 69-69.
- Medical ethics and law for doctors of tomorrow: the consensus statement restructured and refined for the next decade. Journal of Medical Ethics.
- Student assistantships: bridging the gap between student and doctor. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 447-447. View this article in WRRO
- Developing good practice by understanding how UK medical schools address low level concerns: a survey study. Education for Primary Care, 1-7.
- Ethics in the Design of Serious Games for Healthcare and Medicine, Human Rights and Ethics (pp. 245-260). IGI Global
- Ethics in the Design of Serious Games for Healthcare and Medicine, Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (pp. 91-106). IGI Global
Conference proceedings papers
- 28 Developing a teaching aid on dementia diagnosis using conversation analysis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Vol. 88(8) (pp A24.2-A24)
- A serious game for teaching nursing students clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 225 (pp 905-906)
- Professionalism Symposium 1: Designing Effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Professionalism. 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015.
- Applying Innovations In Technology To Enrich Learning And Feedback Experiences. 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015.
- Developing Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) to assess professionalism in medical students, 4 February 2015 - 8 February 2015.
- Validation of a perceived confidence log in the examination of the shoulder and knee joints. RHEUMATOLOGY, Vol. 44 (pp I79-I79)
- 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)
- What influences undergraduate medical students to utilise the computer assisted learning package "Virtual Rheumatology"?. RHEUMATOLOGY, Vol. 44 (pp I78-I78)
- 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)
- Visual acuity in negotiating the built environment: Eye motion data and speed. CONTEMPORARY ERGONOMICS 2003 (pp 183-188)
- Agreement between medical and non-medical examiners in scoring a musculoskeletal OSCE.. ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM, Vol. 46(9) (pp S209-S209)
- 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)