MaysamMaysam Ali Abdulwahid [MB.Ch.B, MPH, PhD student]

School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA


I began my studies at the University of Sheffield as a Chevening award sponsored Masters Student in Public Health (Leadership and management) in September 2012. My dissertation consisted of a systematic review looking at senior doctor assessment in the emergency department. This was supervised by Dr Andrew Booth.

I then embarked on a CLAHRC funded PhD in Health Service research in April 2013, to empirically identify and evaluate the use of senior doctor initial assessment in emergency departments in UK. The project is supervised by Professor Sue Mason and Janette Turner.

Prior to that I completed my studies in medicine and graduated as a medical doctor from Al-Mustansiriyah Medical School in Baghdad, Iraq in 2011.

Research Interests

Title of PhD: Identification and evaluation of senior doctor initial assessment in emergency departments in UK : a mixed method study

Senior doctor assessment for patients attending the emergency department offers rapid and expert review, potentially providing considerable benefits to patient safety and satisfaction. Although this practice is recommended by The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, there is a lack of robust

evidence as to the effectiveness of this type of model. Building on the work undertaken in Yorkshire and Humber in collaboration with the AHSN Improvement Academy, this research aims to identify and evaluate emergency departments in England that operate senior doctor initial assessment and how interventions for improved patient flows may be developed in the future.

My research interests are health services evaluation in the emergency department as well as research into emergency department staff attitudes and behaviours in resource limited emergency departments.

Teaching Interests

I am keen to further develop my teaching skills in literature review and research methods, especially applied to complex health care setting such as emergency and urgent care services.

Key publications

The impact of senior doctor assessment at triage on emergency department performance measures: systematic review and meta-analysis of comparative studies. Abdulwahid MA, Booth A,Kuczawski M,Mason SM.Emerg Med J. 2015 Jul 16


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Studying at the University of Sheffield with the professional support, the available resources and teaching materials is a great academic and personal experience. Studying at the school of health and related research assisted me to develop a broad range of skills through taught modules including Research Methods, Systematic Reviews, Evidence-based Practice, Health Needs Assessment and Health Economics to name a few. Other key skills such as team-working and communication skills through group project work, research assignments and oral presentations.