Associate Professor Tania Gerzina

Associate Professor (Dental Education)

C12 - United Dental Hospital
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9845 8721

Biographical details

Tania Gerzina is an associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of Sydney and a practicing general Dentist in private practice. A master’s degree in research in dental materials was completed with Professor George Wing from the University of Sydney. Major doctoral research was completed at the University of California San Francisco, USA with Professor W. Rory Hume in bioavailability of components of dental resin materials during a Visiting Professorship. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College for Dental Surgeons, holds a higher degree in education and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Charles Sturt University in education.
During 2001-2004 she was Associate Dean (Curriculum) in the dental faculty during the development of the first ever graduate entry-dental curriculum in Australia. During 2004-5 she was appointed Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Canada-Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine and Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Canada Faculty of Dentistry. As an Examiner, an Accreditation Review Team Chair and a Member of Accreditation Review Teams for the Australian Dental Council curriculum is a central area of educational interest and research. Currently she has no designation in the Faculty of Dentistry in Sydney.
In excess of $1.2 million has been captured in research and scholarship funding, 11 post graduate and honours student have successfully completed research theses under her supervision and currently she is supervising postgraduate higher degree students. Research has been supported by funding from NH &MRC, the ADRF, University of Toronto, University of Sydney and the Western Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network (Health Education and Training Institute) as part of Australian Federal Government Health Workforce Australia.

Research interests

Current focus is fundamental educational research in student learning with focus on dental and oral health clinical education and pain education. This translational science work has provided evidence directly supporting the design of the curriculum in dentistry and has supported development of educational research in other schools. The direct impact of cognitive ability on academic aptitude and achievement is well understood, but the influence of student experience and behavioural characteristics are not as well understood in dental and oral health education. In the health professions students increasingly accept the responsibility for health care as they develop competence. How development of this competence is shaped by student life experiences and their behavioural responses to these influence their learning strategies and their attitudes to others is uncharted in dentistry and oral health. In dentistry and oral health, this is amongst a core consideration for supporting the development of appropriately competent and empathic practitioners. This specific project is a study of the personality
and psychological predictors of attitude and academic success in dental students in a collaborative international study.

Current projects

  • A study of the educational outcomes of a scenario-based medical emergency training programme for dental practitioners.
  • Orofacial Pain: An investigation about Attitudes, Knowledge and Skills in a Student Community”.
  • Evaluating students’ feedback to enhance teaching and learning practices.
  • Standards-setting in assessment of competence in diagnostic radiography: alignment to theory and impact on learning and teaching styles.
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of an emergency dental education programme for emergency clinicians in Australia.
  • The correlation between students’ personality traits and their learning styles.
  • Development of a Clinical Supervisor Team Network in clinical placements using blended interprofessional strategies: Dentistry and Health Sciences in a pilot network program.

Associations

  • Educational Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Society of Biomaterials Research
  • Sydney University Dental Alumni Society
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • ANZ Health Professional Education
  • Reviewer for Journal of Dental Research, Australian Dental Research Fund Grant Proposals, NH&MRC: Grant Proposals, Australian Dental Journal, European Journal for Dental Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Member, Editorial Board of International Journal of Quality and Standards, Advances in Health Education, Dentistry.

Awards and honours

Awards have been received in each area of academic work, namely, Teaching (both in Curriculum Development and in Curriculum Delivery), Research and Service (Clinical Practice) including:

  • Award for Operative Dentistry, Academy of Operative Dentistry
  • University of Sydney Vice Chancellor’s award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Dental Alumni society Jubilee award for Excellence in Research
  • American Dental Education Association Award

Keywords

Clinical Education; Dental Education; Health Professional Education; Learning and Teaching

Selected grants

2003

  • Development of integrated clinical assessment in dentistry; Gerzina T; Australian Dental Research Foundation/Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Loftus, S., Gerzina, T. (2013). Being a health professional educator: Understanding the context. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 3-14). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Gerzina, T., Foster, K. (2013). Being a University Teacher: Teaching in Professions. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 23-32). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Sorinola, O., Gerzina, T., Thistlethwaite, J. (2013). Health Professional Education Programs: How the Teacher Develops. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 49-60). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Kilgour, A., Gerzina, T., Keppell, M., Gerzina, J. (2013). Understanding the Place of Assessment Standards: A Case Study in Medical Diagnostic Radiography. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 277-286). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Gerzina, T. (2007). Competency-based curriculum: Permanent transition in dentistry. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 209-219). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W., Cameron, I. (2013). Effectiveness of a brief educational workshop intervention among primary care providers at 6 months: uptake of dental emergency supporting resources. Rural and Remote Health, 13(2), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2012). Can a four-hour interactive workshop on the management of dental emergencies be effective in improving self reported levels of clinician proficiency? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(1), 14-22. [More Information]
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2012). Managing dental emergencies: A descriptive study of the effects of a multimodal educational intervention for primary care providers at six months. BMC Medical Education, 12, 1-8. [More Information]
  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2011). Academic perceptions amongst Educators towards eLearning tools in Dental Education. International Dental Journal, 61(2), 70-75. [More Information]
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2011). Review article: Management of dental emergencies by medical practitioners: Recommendations for Australian education and training. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 23(2), 142-152. [More Information]
  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2010). Dentistry students' perceptions of learning management systems. European Journal of Dental Education, 14(1), 50-54. [More Information]
  • Peck, C., Murray, G., Gerzina, T. (2008). How does pain affect jaw muscle activity? The Integrated Pain Adaptation Model. Australian Dental Journal, 53(3), 201-207.
  • McGregor, D., Nisbet, G., Hobbs, C., Matthews, L., Gerzina, T., Cumming, S. (2008). Learning together to work together: Embedding Interprofessional learning within health and social care curricula. Synergy, 27.
  • Henderson-Smart, C., Winning, T., Gerzina, T., King, S., Hyde, S. (2006). Benchmarking learning and teaching: developing a method. Quality Assurance in Education, 14(2), 143-155.
  • Gerzina, T., McLean, T., Fairley, J. (2005). Dental clinical teaching: perceptions of students and teachers. Journal of Dental Education, 69(12), 1377-1384. [More Information]
  • Russell, D., Fairley, J., McLean, T., Gonsalkorale, S., Hyde, S., Reynolds, G., McInerney, K., Gerzina, T. (2005). Learning and teaching innovation in the Faculty of Dentistry. Synergy, 21(6), 12-16.
  • Gerzina, T., Worthington, R., Byrne, S., McMahon, C. (2003). Student use and perceptions of different learning aids in a problem-based learning (PBL) dentistry course. Journal of Dental Education, 67(6), 641-653.

Conferences

  • Kilgour, A., Gerzina, T., Brennan, P., Sheepway, L., Bourne, E., Patrick (Blackford), J. (2012). Assessment of WIL – Methods and Best Practice. Australian Collaborative Education Network 2012: ACEN National Conference, Springvale South, Victoria: Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2010). An emergency Dental Programme for Medical Practitioners: Development and implementation. ACRRM/DAA 5th Scientific Forum and Rural Doctors Conference 2010.
  • Sheepway, L., McCabe, P., Farrington, S., Bandler, L., Gerzina, T., Miller, A. (2009). Learning how to communicate effectively: An action research project. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Biennial Conference LIME 2009, Australia: The LIME Network.
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2008). An Emergency Dental Programme for Medical Practitioners: Development and Implementation. ACRRM/RDAA 5th Scientific Forum and Rural Doctors Conference 2008, Australia: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.
  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2008). Dentistry Students' Perceptions of eLearning Tools. ICT for Africa 2008, Cameroon: International Center for Information Technology and Development.

2013

  • Loftus, S., Gerzina, T. (2013). Being a health professional educator: Understanding the context. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 3-14). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Gerzina, T., Foster, K. (2013). Being a University Teacher: Teaching in Professions. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 23-32). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W., Cameron, I. (2013). Effectiveness of a brief educational workshop intervention among primary care providers at 6 months: uptake of dental emergency supporting resources. Rural and Remote Health, 13(2), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Sorinola, O., Gerzina, T., Thistlethwaite, J. (2013). Health Professional Education Programs: How the Teacher Develops. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 49-60). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Kilgour, A., Gerzina, T., Keppell, M., Gerzina, J. (2013). Understanding the Place of Assessment Standards: A Case Study in Medical Diagnostic Radiography. In Stephen Loftus, Tania Gerzina, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Elaine Duffy (Eds.), Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, (pp. 277-286). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2012

  • Kilgour, A., Gerzina, T., Brennan, P., Sheepway, L., Bourne, E., Patrick (Blackford), J. (2012). Assessment of WIL – Methods and Best Practice. Australian Collaborative Education Network 2012: ACEN National Conference, Springvale South, Victoria: Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2012). Can a four-hour interactive workshop on the management of dental emergencies be effective in improving self reported levels of clinician proficiency? Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15(1), 14-22. [More Information]
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2012). Managing dental emergencies: A descriptive study of the effects of a multimodal educational intervention for primary care providers at six months. BMC Medical Education, 12, 1-8. [More Information]

2011

  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2011). Academic perceptions amongst Educators towards eLearning tools in Dental Education. International Dental Journal, 61(2), 70-75. [More Information]
  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2011). Review article: Management of dental emergencies by medical practitioners: Recommendations for Australian education and training. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 23(2), 142-152. [More Information]

2010

  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2010). An emergency Dental Programme for Medical Practitioners: Development and implementation. ACRRM/DAA 5th Scientific Forum and Rural Doctors Conference 2010.
  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2010). Dentistry students' perceptions of learning management systems. European Journal of Dental Education, 14(1), 50-54. [More Information]

2009

  • Sheepway, L., McCabe, P., Farrington, S., Bandler, L., Gerzina, T., Miller, A. (2009). Learning how to communicate effectively: An action research project. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Biennial Conference LIME 2009, Australia: The LIME Network.

2008

  • Skapetis, T., Gerzina, T., Hu, W. (2008). An Emergency Dental Programme for Medical Practitioners: Development and Implementation. ACRRM/RDAA 5th Scientific Forum and Rural Doctors Conference 2008, Australia: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.
  • Handal, B., Groenlund, C., Gerzina, T. (2008). Dentistry Students' Perceptions of eLearning Tools. ICT for Africa 2008, Cameroon: International Center for Information Technology and Development.
  • Peck, C., Murray, G., Gerzina, T. (2008). How does pain affect jaw muscle activity? The Integrated Pain Adaptation Model. Australian Dental Journal, 53(3), 201-207.
  • McGregor, D., Nisbet, G., Hobbs, C., Matthews, L., Gerzina, T., Cumming, S. (2008). Learning together to work together: Embedding Interprofessional learning within health and social care curricula. Synergy, 27.

2007

  • Gerzina, T. (2007). Competency-based curriculum: Permanent transition in dentistry. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 209-219). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2006

  • Henderson-Smart, C., Winning, T., Gerzina, T., King, S., Hyde, S. (2006). Benchmarking learning and teaching: developing a method. Quality Assurance in Education, 14(2), 143-155.

2005

  • Gerzina, T., McLean, T., Fairley, J. (2005). Dental clinical teaching: perceptions of students and teachers. Journal of Dental Education, 69(12), 1377-1384. [More Information]
  • Russell, D., Fairley, J., McLean, T., Gonsalkorale, S., Hyde, S., Reynolds, G., McInerney, K., Gerzina, T. (2005). Learning and teaching innovation in the Faculty of Dentistry. Synergy, 21(6), 12-16.

2003

  • Gerzina, T., Worthington, R., Byrne, S., McMahon, C. (2003). Student use and perceptions of different learning aids in a problem-based learning (PBL) dentistry course. Journal of Dental Education, 67(6), 641-653.

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