Associate Professor Mark McEntee
BSc (Hons) Radiog. PhD
C43M - M Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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I am a researcher and teacher in diagnostic radiography with a special focus on breast cancer. I trained as a radiographer in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland and was first employed and a radiographer in the Mater Public Hospital in Dublin. I moved into academia shortly afterward where he completed a PhD in dose optimization and became a Lecturer in University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science for 10 years. Taking a great interest in professional issues I became the President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (2005-7) and an inaugural member of the health and social care professional council the regulatory body for health professional in Ireland (2008-11). I became a senior lecturer in the University of Sydney in 2011 and an Associate Professor in 2014 and am heavily involved in curriculum renewal, teaching and research.Current research interests are wide ranging and mainly revolve around; breast cancer and imaging, perception in Medical Imaging, Receiver Operating Characteristic analysis of performance, human performance and performance errors - particularly in medical imaging interpretation, as well as dose and image quality analysis. This research has the aim of improving radiological diagnostic performance.
Dr Mark McEntee's research interests include Breast density assessment, Optimisation of Breast cancer detections, Medical Image Perception, Diagnostic Reference Levels in CT and X-ray examinations, optimisation of radiation dose and image quality, optimisation of soft copy displays, the ambient environment and lighting conditions for radiological reporting, image quality measurement, and ROC.
Teaching and supervision
My teaching philosophy is one of engaged enquiry that puts student learning at the centre of every lesson rather than teaching inputs. I predominantly use engaged enquiry as a catalyst for student learning because I respect that learning is a very individual experience and engaged enquiry facilitates many learning styles. I believe that students can arrive at understanding from different directions and that this can be facilitated more effectively where there is a structured process of learning. My engaged enquiry is facilitated by technology and structure to make learning fun.
• Maximising the use of technology to engage students in learning;
I use technology like iPads or student’s own device along with feedback systems TurningPoint and Google forms in the classroom. I communicate within and beyond the classroom with Twitter and my subject Facebook page. My students’ world is full of distractions, I use technology to compete for their attention and grab it.
• Providing a structure for engaged enquiry that promotes deeper learning;
I structure my classes to include learning, questioning, interacting, testing of knowledge andgivefeedback on how to improve. I make the learning environment comfortable enough to share experiences through using a repeated teaching structure each week, by setting the expectations and by using consistent group membership for discussions.
• Making learning enjoyable through my teaching style and using extended group work;
I love to use novel technologies, to do live demonstrations, to get them reading, get them up and talking, explaining, being active, socialising and engaging.
Programme Director for the Bachelor of Applied Science, Medical Radiation Science, Diagnostic Radiography, Honours.
Unit of study coordinator in the Graduate Entry Masters programme for MRSC5001 Professional Practice of Radiography 1.
Unit of Study Coordinator for the Undergraduate Unit of Study MRTY1037 and 2107 Imaging Technology 1& 2.
Other responsibilities include: PhD, MSc and Honours supervision.
8 x PhDs to completion; 6 x MSc Diagnostic imaging to completion; 30+ BSc honours Theses to completion.
Current RHD Students:
- Christine Damases (PhD USyd) Primary Supervisor: International variation in breast density assessment
- Ernest Ekpo (PhD USyd) Primary Supervisor: Breast density assessment in digital breast tomosynthesis
- Wasfi Sulieman (PhD USyd) Primary Supervisor: Factors affecting performance in breast cancer detection
- Moe Sulieman (PhD USyd) Primary Supervisor: Mammography diagnostic reference levels in Australia
- Ned Charles (PhD USyd) Associate Supervisor: Diffusion imaging of prostate and breast cancer.
- Aritrick Chatterjee (PhD USyd) Associate Supervisor
- Mariaulpa SAHALAN (PhD USyd) Associate Supervisor
- Narina Norddin (PhD USyd) Associate Supervisor
- Ali Alhaily (MSC USyd) Associate Supervisor: Causal factors for variation in dose for coronary computed tomography angiography in Saudi Arabia and Australia
- Essam Mohammed A Alkhybari (MSC USyd) Associate Supervisor: Diagnostic reference levels for PET/CT in New Zealand, Australia, and Saudi Arabia
PhD Secondary External
- Idris Garba, Doctor of Philosopy (PhD University of Malta) Adult radiation doses for head, chest and abdominal CT examinations: optimisation and establishment of diagnostic reference levels in northwest region of Nigeria.
- Kate Matthews, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD UCD) - Secondary Supervisor: paediatric diagnostic reference levels for general x-ray in Ireland.
2015 - present Secretary of the Medical Image Perception Society (MIPS)
2007-2014 Member of the Medical Image Perception Society (MIPS)
2006-2008 President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (Professional Body)
2004-2006 Vice President of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (Professional Body)
2007-2011 Inaugural Council Member of the Health and Social Care Professions Council (Legislated Statutory Body)
2011 - Executive Member, Conference Organiser. Medical Image Perception Society
2006 - present Member of Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
2009 - presentCommittee member of the Image Perception, observer performance and technology assessment conference of SPIE Medical Imaging
2005-2010 Member of the Academic Staff Association of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT)
2006-09 External Examiner to the BSc Radiography Programmes, University of Hertfordshire (UK)
Awards and honours
- 2014. Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching.
- 2013. Faculty of Health Science Outstanding Teaching award
- 2013. Fellowship of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy. The Fellowship of the IIRRT is an honorary title, bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contribution to the radiography / radiation therapy profession. The award of the Fellowship is regarded as an honour and privilege. Additionally, the individual receives complimentary life membership of The IIRRT.
- 2012: Frankie Zarb, M McEntee and Rainford L: received the best Scientific paper Presentation Award in the European Congress of Radiology 2012.
- 2012: Apps4 NSW people choice award. Runner up. A competition for apps using NSW government data in applications to improve the lives of NSW residents.
- 2011. Kate Matthews Medal: Best publication resulting from an Honours project [Kelly BS, Rainford LA, Gray J, McEntee MF. (2012) Collaboration between radiological technologists (radiographers) and junior doctors during image interpretation improves the accuracy of diagnostic decisions. Radiography, 18(2):90-95]
- 2010. School of Medicine and Medical Science, Teacher of the Year Award, 2010.
- 2010. Kate Matthews Medal: Best publication resulting from an Honours project [McEntee M. F., Kinsella C. (2010) 'The PA projection of the clavicle: a dose-reducing technique'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 139 (4-6):1-7]
- 2009. School of Medicine and Medical Science, Teacher of the Year Award 2009
- 2009. Royal College of Radiologists, Edward Malone Medal for best Oral Presentation Foley S, Rainford L, McEntee MF, Dodd J
- 2009. Winner - Health Research Board Summer Scholars' Poster Competition B Kelly, L Rainford, M McEntee
- 2008. College Of Life Sciences Teaching Award, in recognition of contribution to education.
- 2008. Runner-Up Images of Research Competition 2008
- 2007. Shortlisted for commendation UCD Images of research Competition 2007 "Exposure" (UCD)
- 2006. Shortlisted for commendation UCD Images of research Competition 2006 "Picture This"
In the media
In the classroom with Mark McEntee:
Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
- A mobile imaging platform to further transform breast cancer imaging research in NSW initiated by BREAST; Brennan P, Mello-Thoms C, Yi X, Grieve S, McEntee M; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Equipment Grant.
- Building an educational and research network around breast architectural distortion; McEntee M, Brennan P, Pietrzyk M, Georgian-Smith D; DVC International/IPDF Grant.