South Auckland Clinical Campus

Medical Education at South Auckland Clinical Campus

Medical education research focuses on determining the impact and evaluating the effectiveness of medical education. Our research encompasses quantitative and qualitative methodologies to evaluate the initial training to become a doctor and continuing professional development of the physician.


The Medical Education at South Auckland Clinical Campus group conducts high quality research on educational topics that can advance knowledge, skills and performance of medical students, junior doctors and health professionals. The group aims to acquire a better understanding of:

  • Medical and surgical training in the undergraduate, prevocational and vocational phases
  • The effectiveness of current teaching and training programmes for medical students and residents
  • Future learning and training needs of medical students and residents
  • Continuing education for health care professionals involved in teaching.

Current projects

The impact of visual metaphor enhanced 3D educational game on year 3 clinical history taking skills

History taking is considered the cornerstone of conducting any medical assessment. Adequate history taking is more valuable than physical examination and investigations in reaching diagnoses in two thirds of medical outpatient referrals, and is associated with improved outcomes and patient satisfaction. This research utilises innovative visual metaphors delivered as an interactive 3D online game to teach the medical interview to medical students.