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Meet FoHPE's newest Associate Editor, Professor Rebecca Grainger

17 Jan 2023 8:03 AM | Kendall Marriott (Administrator)

Meet FoHPE's newest Associate Editor, Professor Rebecca Grainger.

"I am a rheumatologist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) in Aotearoa New Zealand. I have a fairly eclectic academic portfolio, with health professions education nestled alongside research in clinical rheumatology and technology in health. I am very pleased when a project overlaps two of these areas of my academic Venn diagram but find I can get excited about almost any research when it involves talented people working well as a team.

I am delighted to join FoHPE as an Associate Editor. I thrive in teams and in this team, I get the opportunity to I contribute to ongoing development of scholarship of health professions education in my Australasian HPE community. I bring my experience from editorial boards in rheumatology journals, as well as my previous research and publishing experiences – both good and less good! The onboarding at FoHPE has been the best I have experienced, and the support so far outstanding.

I graduated from Otago with an MB ChB, then did my of my physician and rheumatology training in Melbourne. I did my PhD at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, which was “wet lab” so I really do have quite broad research experience. I have worked as a rheumatologist in the AoNZ public hospital system for almost 20 years and joined University of Otago Wellington in 2009. Initially I was teaching and developing courses for postgraduate qualifications for allied health professionals. I then added teaching and course co-ordinating in our MB ChB programme. I started as a novice HPE researcher in my initial role and have continued since. Since 2018 I have been Associate Dean Medical Education, with oversight and leadership for our clinical programme. In this role I am also lucky to lead a small team of HPE academics. Together we have created an active HPE research community in our relatively small clinical school. I have been a member of ANZAHPE since 2018 and became and Associate Fellow in 2019. I’ve also been involved in several roles at my professional college, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Currently I chair the Advanced Training committee in rheumatology AoNZ so can contribute to the postgraduate education of doctors too.

I am looking forward to contributing to ANZAHPE through this role. I hope to catch up with many of you at ANZAHPE 2023 on the Gold Coast and future ANZAHPE events."


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