Dr Lorraine Hawick

Dr Lorraine Hawick

Lecturer (Scholarship)

Dr Lorraine Hawick
Dr Lorraine Hawick

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Institute for Education in Medical and Dental Sciences 
School of Medicine,Medical Sciences & Nutrition 
Room 2:038
Polwarth Building
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZB


Lorraine is a Lecturer in IEMDS, where she has worked since 2009. Lorraine qualified as a registered nurse in 1989 from Ealing Hospital, West London and has gained over 30 years of nursing experience in various areas of clinical practice (largely in critical care and advanced nursing practice). Lorraine moved to the University of Aberdeen in 2009 to take a lead role in the development of new clinical placements for medical students in the first 3 years of the undergraduate medical programme. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Medical Education) in 2013 and completed a PhD in medical Sciences in 2018. Lorraine’s current role encompasses various aspects of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education teaching (including the MBChB and PA programmes). She is also a UK resuscitation council instructor. Lorraine is a course coordinator for several courses on the Masters in Clinical Education programme and she supervises master’s project students. Lorraine is also the academic project manager for the new MBChB Year 4 curriculum implementation project.


Research Interests

Lorraine graduated with a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Aberdeen in November 2018. During her PhD Lorraine worked closely with and was supervised by Professor Jen Cleland (John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research. Director, Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation) and Professor Simon Kitto (Director of Research, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Department of Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa, Canada). Lorraine has a background in qualitative research. She is interested in the challenges and unintended consequences of change, particulalry the lived experiences of people (clinical staff, academic staff, students and patients) when exposed to a significant change or intervention. She also has a keen interest in the influence and impact of the hidden curriculum on learning experinces and in clincial environments.


Current Research

Lorraine is Principle Investigator on a research poject entitled: 'A sociocultural analysis of curriculum change: the implementation of a new Year 4 curriculum in Aberdeen Medical School'.

Lorraine is Co-Investigator on a research proejct entitled: 'Exploring the spaces of pathology training'.

Research Grants

The Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) Seed Fund


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate medical education contributions to teaching:

  • MBChB foundations of clinical method teaching Years 1 - 3 of the curriculum (ME2510, ME3024, ME3025)
  • UK resuscitation council instructor: Basic Life Support and Immediate Life Support
  • MBChB programme - New Year 4 Curriculum Implementation, Academic Project Manager
  • ME33IE Introduction to Medical Education

Postgraduate medical education contributions to teaching:

Physician Associate programme:

  • ME5031 Advanced Clinical Method 1 
  • ME5511 Advanced Clinical Method 2 

 MSc Clinical Education programme:

  • ME5026: Planning and Design of Clinical Education
  • ME5512: Teaching and Learning Professionalism in Clinical Education
  • ME5513: Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis

Postgraduate medical education - MSc Clinical Education programme:

Course coordinator for:

  • ME5026: Planning and Design of Clinical Education
  • ME5512: Teaching and Learning Professionalism in Clinical Education
  • ME5513: Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis
  • ME5029: Research Project in Clinical Education

MSc Dissertation supervision

PhD Supervsion

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Pastoral Care:

  • Regent for PA students


  • UK resuscitation council instructor: Advanced Life Support

 Student Selector:

  • Student selector for MBChB programme (Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs))

 External responsibilities:

  • Reviewer for Medical Education Journal
  • Reviewer for Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC) (research funding stream)
  • Reviewer for The Scottish Medical Education Conference (conference submissions)
  • Reviewer for Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) (research paper stream)
  • Module leader on the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Essential Skills in Medical Education (RESME) online course