Postdoc Researcher

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


September 23, 2022


Post Date : 15-Sep-2022 Close Date : 23-Sep-2022

Title : Researcher in Professionalism in Healthcare (appointable at postdoc/research assistant as appropriate)

Department : Medical Professionalism, Faculty of Health Sciences

Tenure : Specified purpose contract, maternity cover

Location : St. Stephens Green Campus, Dublin 2

Reporting to : Professor Denis Harkin

Salary : Aligned Research Scale Part-Time (3 – 4 days per week)

Proposed Start Date: October 2022


The RCSI is a national leader in Professionalism as evidenced by the appointment of a Chair in Medical Professionalism in 2018: the first of its kind nationally. The Medical Council stipulates that professionalism is a key competency of medical practice and that medical schools should encourage research into the teaching of professionalism. A new programme in professionalism that spans the undergraduate and post graduate curriculum has been developed. A component of this programme is a new, integrated, explicit curriculum in professionalism extending from year 1 to year 5 of the undergraduate medical school.

Research Project in Medical Professionalism

The purpose of this longitudinal research project is to:

  • assess medical students' and interns' perceptions of Professionalism which has at its centre patient-centred-care, incorporating patient safety and clinician well-being
  • assess their perceptions as to how professionalism is currently taught at RCSI and
  • assess their perceptions after the introduction of the new curriculum in professionalism which will run through the undergraduate medical curriculum from year 1 to year 5.
  • Students from different years will be assessed at baseline e.g. those who have just entered medical school (year 1), those in pre-clinical years (e.g. year 3 ), those in the clinical years (e.g. year 5) and those in intern year. The cohort will be followed and assessed over time as they progress though medical school e.g. year 1, year 3 and year 5 and changes tracked in the context of change in curriculum and movements nationally and internationally. RCSI is the largest medical school in the country (approximately 350 students per year) with a great diversity of international students providing a range of perceptions. This work will be conducted both at RCSI-Dublin and RCSI-Bahrain, with their unique cultural demographics, and will represent the largest and most ambitious study of its kind. Results will be compared with international experiences in the literature.

    This project has been running for 2 years, with well-established methods, and some impactful early results. At this time we are looking for a highly motivated and experienced researcher to support the ongoing delivery of this project and other associated projects led by the Principle Investigator. The purpose of this role will also be to provide key support to the Chair of Medical Professionalism.

    Specifically, the duties of the post are :

  • Proactively conduct a specific programme of qualitative and quantitative research work under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • Work independently to deliver key milestones and project deliverables.
  • Conduct literature reviews and apply insights to manuscript preparation.
  • Take leading role in report and manuscript preparation.
  • Work collaboratively within the medical school and hospital setting
  • Conduct administrative work associated with the programme of research.
  • Manage documentation related to the project. Engage in on-going dissemination activities as directed by the principal investigator. Identify potential problems/risks for the research programme and recommend and implement solutions with the support of the PI.
  • Assist the Chair in relation to other ongoing research and educational activities.
  • Support the Chair with ongoing Medical Professionalism International Network (MPIN) activities.
  • Work closely with the Chair regarding other ongoing annual Conference organisational activities.
  • Performing such other duties as may be required from time to time
  • Application Process

    Please apply online no later than 5pm on the closing date of September 23rd with your CV and Covering Letter.

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