Professor Kirsty Foster

Director, Academy for Medical Edu

Academy for Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine
kirsty.foster@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64676

Overview

Professor Foster is Mayne Professor and Director of the Academy for Medical Education leading a team of academics expert in medical education and medical education research. She is the Academic Lead of the MD Design Project and chairs the MD Design Working group leading the detailed design of the new MD Program due to welcome its first students in 2023. Kirsty has a national and international reputation in medical education leadership and in global health (especially in the area of maternal and child health and primary care). After graduating in Medicine from Edinburgh University she undertook specialist training in General Practice and gained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners UK by examination. She has a strong clinical background with twenty years’ experience in the Scottish National Health Service as a principal in general practice and partner in a large academic group practice in one of Edinburgh’s most socially deprived areas. Since coming to Australia in 1998 she has focussed on health professional education and research firstly as a postgraduate medical educator with Central Sydney Area Health Service and then as an academic at the University of Sydney. Kirsty has led many educational initiatives in diverse settings such as the Balkans, Timor Leste, China, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. She is recognised as an expert on education in the tertiary and continuing professional education sectors with particular strength and experience in integrated curriculum design and development, interactive teaching methods and faculty development. She worked in global health for more than a decade and held academic leadership roles at the University of Sydney including as Sub Dean Education at Northern Clinical School from 2008 - 2019, Associate Dean International and Head of the Office for Global Health for 5 years 2014-2018. She was appointed to the position of Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney in August 2018. Kirsty was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 for Services to medical education and community health. She first joined UQ in March 2019 as Director of the Office of Medical Education and MD Program Convener. Kirsty is an Honorary Professor at Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam and at the University of Sydney.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners, RCGP
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney
  • Master of Education in ALGC, University of Technology Sydney
  • Membership of the RCGP, RCGP
  • Diploma of the RCOG, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Science, University of Edinburgh

Publications

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Available Projects

  • This project offers the right candidate a unique opportunity to conduct medical education research during the major MD Program redesign currently underway at UQ.

    MD Programs provide students with the education needed to obtain a primary medical qualification and to be provisionally registered as a doctor. They are large and complex with many hundreds of stakeholders including students.

    This project examines stakeholder engagement during major curriculum change. Potential research areas are: the effective engagement processes; the factors influencing content, pedagogical approach, high level design and degree of innovation of the new program; and the effectiveness of student involvement in curricular redesign. There is opportunity to prospectively collect data on enablers and inhibitors to implementation of the program into academic and clinical settings including opportunity to compare experiences and outcomes between Rural Queensland and metro Brisbane.

    This is primarily a qualitative study suitable for students interested in contributing to promoting high quality medical education.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Gerzina, Tania and Foster, Kirsty (2013). Being a university teacher: Teaching in professions. Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher. (pp. 23-32) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6209-353-9_3

  • Foster, Kirsty (2011). Becoming a Professional Doctor. "Becoming" a Professional. (pp. 171-193) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1378-9_9

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project offers the right candidate a unique opportunity to conduct medical education research during the major MD Program redesign currently underway at UQ.

    MD Programs provide students with the education needed to obtain a primary medical qualification and to be provisionally registered as a doctor. They are large and complex with many hundreds of stakeholders including students.

    This project examines stakeholder engagement during major curriculum change. Potential research areas are: the effective engagement processes; the factors influencing content, pedagogical approach, high level design and degree of innovation of the new program; and the effectiveness of student involvement in curricular redesign. There is opportunity to prospectively collect data on enablers and inhibitors to implementation of the program into academic and clinical settings including opportunity to compare experiences and outcomes between Rural Queensland and metro Brisbane.

    This is primarily a qualitative study suitable for students interested in contributing to promoting high quality medical education.