Kirsty Foster - Sub Dean & Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
Kirsty has worked in medical education both at undergraduate and postgraduate level for thirty years. During her seventeen years in clinical practice as a primary care physician in Scotland she was a clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh supervising medical students and general practitioner registrars in her busy urban, academic group practice. For five years she was also GP Advisor in Health Promotion to Lothian Health Board responsible for developing health promotion initiatives with primary health care teams and for development and running of health promotion courses for the Postgraduate Board of Medicine in Edinburgh.
Since moving to Australia in 1998 Kirsty has worked full time in medical education and was involved in curriculum development for Sydney University’s graduate medical program. She spent seven years as a postgraduate medical educator at RPA Women and Babies first as the medical educator on a World Bank funded project and then establishing and running interprofessional work-based education programs for medical and nursing staff. At RPA she was also involved in planning and delivery of rural outreach education programs and in international medical education initiatives in Macedonia and Croatia.
Since taking on the role of Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Northern Clinical School in 2007 Kirsty’s educational experience and expertise has flourished. She is now responsible for the educational activity in the School and also Chairs the Education Sub Committee of the Northern Local Health District. She has led teams in Vietnam, Timor Leste and Ghana taking a collaborative approach with local health professionals to improve healthcare. Kirsty holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Education. Her research areas are faculty development in clinical teaching, professionalism and the hidden curriculum.
In 2012 Kirsty received an Australian Award for University Teaching with a citation for outstanding contribution to student learning.