SCREDS Clinical Lecturer
- The University of Aberdeen Room 3 Dugald Baird Centre for Research on Women's Health, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
Dr. Andrea Woolner is a SCREDS Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialty trainee registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
She graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2010 with MBChB with Honours and a 1st class intercalated BSc in Medical Science. During her intercalated degree Andrea was awarded a Wolfson Foundation bursary, the Association of Physicians intercalated BSc prize and the Intercalated Project prize in Reproductive Science. In her final year as an undergraduate Andrea was awarded the Emad El-omar Prize for Academic development, the Iain Cook Prize in Haematology and the James Matthews Duncan Medal in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Andrea completed her Academic Foundation training working as a junior doctor in NHS Highland and NHS Grampian from 2010-2012, whilst simulataneously obtaining a PgCert in Medical Research Skills from the University of Aberdeen. She was jointly awarded the PgCert MRS Research prize (awarded to the top two students in the graduating class).
Andrea then embarked upon clinical specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2012. She became a Clinical Lecturer in 2013 at the University of Aberdeen. As a SCREDS (Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme) Clinical Lecturer Andrea now spends 20% of her time working within the Aberdeen Centre for Women's Health Research and 80% pursuing training as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
She was awarded a PhD in Public Health from the University of Aberdeen in June 2019, following defence of her thesis titled "An investigation of familial predisposition to pregnancy loss".
In January 2015 she was awarded 1st place of the Harold Malkin Prize from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). This prestigious award is awarded to the applicant who submits the best original research work while being of a Specialty registrar grade in a hospital in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
In February 2015 Andrea was successful in gaining a Wellbeing of Women Entry level Scholarship (Grant £19,939) to undertake a population-based cohort study titled: The impact of birth-related perineal injury on future pregnancies: a Scottish population-based cohort study.
Research interests include pregnancy loss (miscarriage and stillbirth), preterm birth, high risk medical conditions in pregnancy and early pregnancy complications.
Andrea currently participates regularly in undergraduate teaching for the MBChB course for Year 3 and Year 4-5 including bedside teaching, small group tutorials and lectures.
Andrea was the lead tutor for the PgCert in Medical Research skills Editorial teaching session as part of the Scientific Writing course 2014 - 2016.
Andrea currently organised the Obstetrics and Gynaecology joint clinical and academic research tutorial programme in Aberdeen from Sept 2016 - June 2019.
She has supervised an intercalated BSc student, an MSc Student and 2 BSc students over the last 3 years.