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Dr. Maureen Kelly
Dr. Maureen Kelly is a lecturer in General Practice with the Medical School, NUI Galway and Assistant Programme Director of the Western Training Programme in General Practice, HSE West.
She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has a special interest in medical education, teaching and assessing communication skills, professionalism and community engagement. She contributes significantly to the Fourth Year undergraduate teaching programme and for many years directed the GP module. She delivers an innovative Special Study Module, for First Year Medical Students teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to national school children. This programme operates closely with the University’s Community Knowledge Initiative and the ABC for Life programme Queen’s University, Belfast. A unique feature of this module is that the teaching is conducted through Irish in Gaeltacht national schools and Gael Scoileanna. In keeping with her current research interest in medical student selection she has recently established Clár Ambasadóireachta Scoil an Leighis, an outreach programme aimed at encouraging and supporting Gaeltacht secondary students to consider a career in medicine.
She is committed to the concept of capacity building in academic General Practice (GP). She leads the Academic Module in General Practice-a mentorship and supervision programme for GP registrars who express an interest in GP education or research. Each year she organises and teaches at a week end educational meeting, Teachers in General Practice, where busy GP teachers can network and learn about up to date methods for teaching medical students and doctors training in General Practice. Over the years she has contributed to faculty development through delivering workshops at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Galway Alliance of Medical Educators and through the production of a training CdROM for examiners in the Medical School.
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Association for the Study of Medical Education, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, National Association of Programme Directors, and Medical Council Register of Medical Specialists (General Practice).
Maureen's primary research interests are in the field of medical education. She currently leads a programme of research on the Selection of Medical Students, in collaboration with the Medical School Dundee and University College Cork. The focus of her ongoing MD is exploring the validity of the Health Professions Admission Test Ireland as a selection tool for undergraduate medical students.
Her Masters in Medical Education, Dundee evaluated the impact of a new undergraduate communication skills teaching programme. She has published a practical guide for teaching communication skills. She has researched how professional attitudes can be taught and assessed at undergraduate level.
She has supervised research theses on both the Masters in Primary Care and Masters in Clinical Education programmes. She set up and delivers a taught module on Research Methods to Third Year GP Trainees and supervises their research projects each year on a variety of GP related topics.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Doherty Úna, Hawke Ana-Louise, Kearns Jamie, Kelly Maureen E. (2014) 'Fitness to drive in cognitive impairment - A quantitative study of GPs' experience'. Irish Medical Journal, . [Details]|
|Kelly, Maureen E., Niamh Gallagher, Fidelma P. Dunne, Andrew W. Murphy. (2014) 'Views of doctors of varying disciplines on HPAT-Ireland as a selection tool for medicine'. Medical Teacher, 36 (9):775-782. [Details]|
|M Kelly, J Dowell, A Husbands, T Kropmans, AE Jackson, F Dunne, S O' Flynn, J Newell, AW Murphy (2014) 'Can Multiple Mini Interviews work in an Irish setting? A Feasibility Study'. Irish Medical Journal, 107 (7):210-212. [Details]|
|L Stevens, ME Kelly, M Hennessy, J Last, S O'Flynn (2014) 'Medical students' views on selection tools for medical school- A mixed Methods Paper'. Irish Medical Journal, 107 (8):229-231. [Details]|
|Kelly, Maureen E., Regan, D., Dunne, F., Henn, P., Newell, J., & Siun, O. (2013) 'To what extent does the Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland predict performance in early undergraduate tests of communication and clinical skills?--An observational cohort study'. BMC Medical Education, 13 (1). [DOI] [Details]|
|Dennehy, Thomas, M. Kelly, and S. O‘Flynn. (2013) 'General practitioners' perspectives on revised entry and selection methods to medicine and the HPAT'. Irish Medical Journal, 106 (5):113-115. [Details]|
|Kelly M (2007) 'A Practical Guide for Teachers of Communication skills: a summary of current approaches to teaching and assessing communication skills'. Education for Primary Care, 18 (1):1-10. [Details]|
|F Chambers, M Kelly (2006) 'Violence at work: the experience of general practice receptionists'. Irish Medical Journal, 99 (6):169-171. [Details]|
|Glynn LG, MacFarlane A, Kelly M, Cantillon P, Murphy AW. (2006) 'Helping each other to learn--a process evaluation of peer assisted learning'. BMC Medical Education, 8 (6). [DOI] [Details]|
|Kelly, M,Murphy, A (2004) 'An evaluation of the cost of designing, delivering and assessing an undergraduate communication skills module'. Medical Teacher, 26 :610-614. [DOI] [Details]|
|Glynn LG, Clerkin P, MacFarlane A, Kelly M, Cantillon P (2004) 'Helping each other learn: A process evaluation of an Early Patient Contact module (abstract)'. Educacion Medica, 7 (3). [Details]|
|Kelly M, Fenlon N (2003) 'Attitude awareness--helping students make the link between attitudes and interpersonal behaviour'. Medical Education, 37 (11). [DOI] [Details]|
|Kelly M, Cantillon P (2003) 'What the educators are saying'. British Medical Journal, 327 (7428). [Details]|
|Kelly M, Fenlon N, Murphy AW (2002) 'An approach to the education about, and assessment of, attitudes in undergraduate medical education'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 171 (4):206-210. [Details]|
|Buckley D, Mac Conmara C, Hillick A, Linnane A, Kelly ME (2014) 'What do patients want from a modern practice?' Forum 31 (9) :19-20. [Details]|
|Glynn LG, MacFarlane A, Kelly M, Cantillon P, Murphy AW. (2006) 'An innovative approach to medical teaching' Forum 23 (8) :16-18. [Details]|
|O’Connor R, Kelly M (2005) 'GPs not shy about retiring early' Forum 22 (7) :10-12. [Details]|
|M Kelly (2000) 'It takes all types to make a medical class' Forum 17 (2) :23-24. [Details]|
|M Kelly (2000) 'Student centered learning for patient centered care' Forum 17 (1) :35-36. [Details]|
|M Kelly “ (1999) 'How to win attention and motivate students' forum 16 (12) :39-40. [Details]|
|Boland J, Kelly M, McGrath M, Mclrath L and O’Donovan D (2014) Embedding community engaged learning within medical education: levers, barriers and strategies for sustainability? The Global Community Engaged Medical Education Muster , 27-OCT-14 - 30-NOV-14 [Details]|
|Naughton R, Finucane O, Lynn N, Kelly ME, McGuire G, Regan AM (2014) Knowledge of and Attitudes to HIV in General Practice Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Primary Care Conference Liverpool, UK, , 02-OCT-14 - 04-OCT-14 , pp.78-79 [Details]|
|Aoife Jackson, Lorraine McIlrath, Gerard Flaherty, Maureen Kelly (2013) Reviving Community Engagement: Teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to Primary School Children- A Special Study Module in Community Based Service Learning 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) Barcelona, Spain, , 13-MAY-13 - 15-MAY-13 [Details]|
|Kelly ME, Regan D, Dunne F, Henn P, Newell J, O’Flynn S INMED 2013 (Abstract no 2) page 16 (2013) To what extent does the Health Professions Admission TestIreland (HPAT) predict performance in early undergraduate tests of communication and clinical skills? - An observational cohort study Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Dublin, , 21-FEB-13 - 22-FEB-13 [Details]|
|Kelly M, Dowell J, Husbands A, Kropmans T, Jackson A, Dunne F, O’ Flynn S , Newell J, Murphy Page 120 (2013) Medical Student Selection: Can Multiple Mini Interviews work in an Irish setting? - A feasibility study Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Dublin, , 21-FEB-13 - 22-FEB-13 [Details]|
|Kelly ME, Dowell J. (2012) Medical Student Selection Association for the Study of Medical Education, Annual Scientific Meeting Brighton, UK, , 17-JUL-12 - 20-JUL-12 [Details]|
|Andrew Carroll, Maureen Kelly, Craig MacLaithain, Barry O Donovan, Gerard Flaherty. (2011) Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility: Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children Engaging Minds- Active Learning, participation and collaboration in higher education. NAIRTL NUI Galway, , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11 [Details]|
|Andrew Carroll, Craig Mac Liathain, Maureen Kelly, Gerard Flaherty (2010) Special Study option in Community Learning- Teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to School children Conference on Service Learning- Creating Spaces for Civic Engagement: University and Community Perspectives Galway, , 09-MAR-10 - 09-MAR-10 , pp.12-12 [Details]|
|ME Kelly, AW Murphy (2004) Teaching and Assessing Communication Skills- necessary but at what cost? . In: European Association for Communication in Healthcare eds. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare Bruges, Belgium, , 14-SEP-04 - 17-SEP-04 , pp.P03.02-P03.02 [Details]|
|L Glynn, ME Kelly, A MacFarlane, P CLerkin (2004) Helping each other learn- student views of peer teaching in an early patient contact module . In: European Association for Communication in Healthcare eds. International Conference on Communication in Healthcare Bruges, Belgium, , 14-SEP-04 - 17-SEP-04 , pp.3A-21.02-3A-21.02 [Details]|
|Kelly M*, Dowell J^, Husbands A^, Kropmans T*, Jackson A⌂, Dunne F*, O’ Flynn S₀, Newell J*, Murphy A* (2013) Medical Student Selection: Can Multiple Mini Interviews work in an Irish setting? - A feasibility study. N/A: Abstract [DOI] [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2014.
Title: Irwin Prize- Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland
| Year: 2013.
Title: Best Education Research Paper, Association of University Departments of General Practice of Ireland
| Year: 2012.
Title: Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners
| Year: 2011.
Title: Educator Development Group Travelling Fellowship, Association for the Study of Medical Education