Peter Cantillon

Professor MB BCH BAO, MSc, MRCGP, MHPE

Contact Details

Professor
Dept. of General Practice
Clinical Science Institute
Nui Galway

T: Ext. 2262
E: peter.cantillon@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Peter Cantillon is an educationalist with a special interest in clinical education and faculty development. He holds a personal chair in primary care.  Peter chairs the Postgraduate Course Development Group in the School of Medicine and leads the School's faculty development strategy. Having just completed a successful three-year period as head of general practice, he is now focusing on establishing a major international educational research programme on workplace teacher development in collaboration with Maastricht University. Peter acts as an accreditor of Postgraduate Colleges and their associated training programmes with the Medical Council and sits on the Council’s Monitoring Standards Sub-committee. Peter has been invited to become the principle external examiner for Manchester School of Medicine and is a current external examiner for the new Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick.

Educationalist roles

A major part of Peter's work is the development of healthcare educators and the promotion of high quality clinical education. He established and leads the faculty development group at NUI Galway, GAME, (the Galway Alliance of Medical Educators), (see our blog at GAMENUIG). He established Ireland's first inter-professional Masters course in clinical education in 1985. This highly successful blended learning course has 180 graduates to date, many of whom have used the qualification to develop their careers as senior clinical educators and leaders in health care education.

Peter developed an approach to making learning theory accessible for clinical educators through the ABC in Learning and Teaching series with the BMJ in 2003. The 12 article series was subsequently developed into a successful book by BMJ Publishing in 2003. The book is currently available in a 2nd edition published by Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

Peter co-founded the Irish Network of Medical Educators, (INMED) in 2008 to promote healthcare education research and faculty development in Ireland. The organisation has a membership of 120 healthcare educators in 2012. Peter is the current chair of INMED and is leading the redevelopment of the organisation toward becoming a major provider of faculty development and education research sponsorship. The INMED membership is expected to grow considerably through the development of strategic relationships with the Irish postgraduate colleges, and the equivalent UK organisation, ASME (the Association for the Study of Medical Education). The organisation plans to launch its first research bursary scheme in 2013.

Peter is an active promoter of educational research regionally and nationally through the Masters in Clinical Education programme, (62 registered students in 2012-13) and through the growing influence of INMED. 

Research Interests

Research Roles

Peter’s earlier research focused on offsite and distance based teacher training. More recently his research has explored the phenomenon of workplace learning and development.  The idea that teachers ought to be developed in the workplace rather than in offsite settings is a relatively new one.  Peter is one of a small number of international advocates who are influencing a shift in emphasis toward more authentic and contextually situated approaches to clinical teacher development.  He is currently developing a major four programme of research looking at the relationship between organisational and professional social worlds and teacher development with Maastricht University.    Peter is an active promoter of educational research regionally and nationally through the Masters in Clinical Education programme, (62 registered students in 2012-13) and through the growing influence of INMED. 

 
Further details of Peter’s research can be found under the "publications" link on this site, at his research blog (FacDev@Work) or by following him on twitter @CantillonP


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Training socially responsive health care graduates: Is service learning an effective educational approach?'
Mc Menamin, R,Mc Grath, M,Cantillon, P,Mac Farlane, A (2014) 'Training socially responsive health care graduates: Is service learning an effective educational approach?'. Medical Teacher, 36 :291-307 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Uncertainty and Ambiguity and Their Association with Psychological Distress in Medical Students'
Lally, J,Cantillon, P (2014) 'Uncertainty and Ambiguity and Their Association with Psychological Distress in Medical Students'. Academic Psychiatry, 38 :339-344 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Discovering Emotional Honesty through Devised Theatre'
Hayes P, Cantillon P, Hafler M (2014) 'Discovering Emotional Honesty through Devised Theatre'. The clinical teacher, 11 (2):84-87 [Details]
(2013) 'Does Performance in Pre-clinical Year Assessments Predict Performance in Clinical Year Assessments?'
McVeigh, T.; Avalos, G.; Cantillon, P. (2013) 'Does Performance in Pre-clinical Year Assessments Predict Performance in Clinical Year Assessments?'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 182 (Supplement 7):96-96 [Details]
(2013) 'Exploring best practice for using videoconferencing as a strategy for postgraduate education: An Irish qualitative study'
Houghton, C., Smyth, S., Cooney, A., Dowling, M., Kelly, M., Kelly, J., & Cantillon, P. (2013) 'Exploring best practice for using videoconferencing as a strategy for postgraduate education: An Irish qualitative study'. Nursing And Health Sciences, [Details]
(2013) 'Inappropriate prescribing: are there appropriate solutions'
cantillon P. (2013) 'Inappropriate prescribing: are there appropriate solutions'. Education for Primary Care, 24 (4):294-296 [Details]
(2012) 'Surgical mentors and role models: Prevalence, importance and associated traits'
Healy N.A., Malone, C., Cantillon, P., Kerin, M.J. (2012) 'Surgical mentors and role models: Prevalence, importance and associated traits'. Journal of Surgical Education, 69 (5):633-637 [Details]
(2012) 'Conceptualising GP teachers' knowledge: a pedagogical content knowledge perspective'
Cantillon P., De Grave W. (2012) 'Conceptualising GP teachers' knowledge: a pedagogical content knowledge perspective'. Education for Primary Care, 23 (3):178-185 [Details]
(2012) 'Role models and mentors in surgery'
Healy, NA,Cantillon, P,Malone, C,Kerin, MJ (2012) 'Role models and mentors in surgery'. American Journal Of Surgery, 204 :256-261 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Surgical Mentors and Role Models: Prevalence, Importance and Associated Traits'
Healy, NA,Glynn, RW,Malone, C,Cantillon, P,Kerin, MJ (2012) 'Surgical Mentors and Role Models: Prevalence, Importance and Associated Traits'. Journal of Surgical Education, 69 :633-637 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'GP teachers' subject matter knowledge in the context of a tutorial: the preparation and delivery compared'
Cantillon, P. de Grave, W. (2012) 'GP teachers' subject matter knowledge in the context of a tutorial: the preparation and delivery compared'. Education for Primary Care, 23 (3):169-177 [Details]
(2011) 'A pilot study of the use of near-patient C-Reactive Protein testing in the treatment of adult respiratory tract infections in one Irish general practice'
Kavanagh, KE,O'Shea, E,Halloran, R,Cantillon, P,Murphy, AW (2011) 'A pilot study of the use of near-patient C-Reactive Protein testing in the treatment of adult respiratory tract infections in one Irish general practice'. Bmc Family Practice, 12 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Acquisition of basic surgical skills early in the undergraduate career'
Chang, K. H.; Flaherty, G.; Cantillon P; Kerin M. (2011) 'Acquisition of basic surgical skills early in the undergraduate career'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 180 (Supplement 3):96-96 [Details]
(2010) 'Simulated patient programmes in Europe: Collegiality or separate development?'
Cantillon P. (2010) 'Simulated patient programmes in Europe: Collegiality or separate development?'. Medical Teacher [Impact Factor 1.121], 32 (3):106-110 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Basic Surgical Skills Special Study Module and its Impact on Students' Career Choice'
Chang, K., Flaherty, G., Malone C.M., Cantillon P, Kerin MJ, (2010) 'Basic Surgical Skills Special Study Module and its Impact on Students' Career Choice'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 179 :313-313 [Details]
(2009) 'Research activity and capacity in primary healthcare: The REACH study: A survey'
Glynn, LG,O'Riordan, C,MacFarlane, A,Newell, J,Iglesias, AA,Whitford, D,Cantillon, P,Murphy, AW (2009) 'Research activity and capacity in primary healthcare: The REACH study: A survey'. Bmc Family Practice, 10 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Lost in translation: the challenges of global communication in medical education publishing'
Cantillon, P,McLeod, P,Razack, S,Snell, L,Steinert, Y (2009) 'Lost in translation: the challenges of global communication in medical education publishing'. Medical Education, 43 :615-620 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Teaching in an ambulatory care setting'
Sprake C, Cantillon P, Metcalf J, Spencer J, (2008) 'Teaching in an ambulatory care setting'. British Medical Journal, 337 :337-339 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Do not adjust your set: the benefits and challenges of test-enhanced learning'
Cantillon P, (2008) 'Do not adjust your set: the benefits and challenges of test-enhanced learning'. Medical Education, 42 (10):954-956 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Teaching on a ward round'
Ker J, Cantillon P, Ambrose L, (2008) 'Teaching on a ward round'. British Medical Journal, 337 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Giving feedback in clinical settings'
Cantillon P, Sargeant J, (2008) 'Giving feedback in clinical settings'. British Medical Journal, 337 :1292-1294 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Does responsibility drive learning? Lessons from intern rotations in general practice'
Cantillon P, McDermott M. (2008) 'Does responsibility drive learning? Lessons from intern rotations in general practice'. Medical Teacher, 30 :254-259 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Womens recall and knowledge of attitudes towards and lifestyle modifications following gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)'
Lynam AM, Cantillon P, Dunne F. (2007) 'Womens recall and knowledge of attitudes towards and lifestyle modifications following gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, [Details]
(2007) 'A survey of asylum seekers' general practice service utilisation and morbidity patterns'
McMahon, J. D.,Macfarlane, A.,Avalos, G. E.,Cantillon, P.,Murphy, A. W. (2007) 'A survey of asylum seekers' general practice service utilisation and morbidity patterns'. Irish Medical Journal, 100 (55):461-4 [Details]
(2006) 'Helping Each Other To Learn - A Process Evaluation of Peer Assisted Learning'
Glynn LG, Mac Farlane A, Kelly M, Cantillon P. (2006) 'Helping Each Other To Learn - A Process Evaluation of Peer Assisted Learning'. Bmc Medical Education, 6 [Details]
(2006) 'Helping each other to learn--a process evaluation of peer assisted learning'
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]
(2005) 'The need for outcome measures in medical education'
Schurwirth, L,Cantillon, P (2005) 'The need for outcome measures in medical education'. British Medical Journal, 331 :977-978 [Details]
(2004) 'Is evidence based patient choice feasible?'
Cantillon P. (2004) 'Is evidence based patient choice feasible?'. British Medical Journal, 329 :39-39 [Details]
(2004) 'Using computers for assessment in medicine'
Cantillon P, Irish B, (2004) 'Using computers for assessment in medicine'. British Medical Journal, 329 :606-609 [Details]
(2004) 'What the educators are saying'
Schuwirth, L,Cantillon, P (2004) 'What the educators are saying'. British Medical Journal, 328 :1244-1244 [Details]
(2003) 'ABC of learning and teaching in medicine - Teaching large groups'
CANTILLON, P et al. (2003) 'ABC of learning and teaching in medicine - Teaching large groups'. British Medical Journal, 326 :437-440 [Details]
(2003) 'ABC of learning and teaching: Web based learning'
McKimm J, Jollie C, Cantillon P (2003) 'ABC of learning and teaching: Web based learning'. British Medical Journal, 326 :870-873 [Details]
(2003) 'Monitoring the medical education revolution - The impact of new training programmes must be evaluated'
Wass, V,Richards, T,Cantillon, P (2003) 'Monitoring the medical education revolution - The impact of new training programmes must be evaluated'. British Medical Journal, 327 :1362-1362 [Details]
(2003) 'What the educators are saying'
Kelly M, Cantillon P (2003) 'What the educators are saying'. British Medical Journal, 327 (7428) [Details]
(2001) 'Pre-registration house officer rotations incorporating general practice: does the order of rotation matter?'
Williams C, Cantillon P, Cochrane M., (2001) 'Pre-registration house officer rotations incorporating general practice: does the order of rotation matter?'. Medical Education, 35 :572-577 [Details]
(2001) 'Pre-registration house officers in general practice: the views of GP trainers'
Williams C, Cantillon P, Cochrane M (2001) 'Pre-registration house officers in general practice: the views of GP trainers'. Family Practice, 18 :619-621 [Details]
(2001) 'The clinical and educational experiences of pre-registration house officers in general practice'
Williams C, Cantillon P, Cochrane M (2001) 'The clinical and educational experiences of pre-registration house officers in general practice'. Medical Education, 35 :774-781 [Details]
(2001) 'The doctor-patient relationship: from undergraduate assumptions to pre-registration reality'
Williams C, Cantillon P, Cochrane M (2001) 'The doctor-patient relationship: from undergraduate assumptions to pre-registration reality'. Medical Education, 35 :743-747 [Details]
(2000) 'Pre-registration rotations into general practice: the concerns of pre-registration house officers and the views of hospital consultants'
Williams C, Cantillon P, Cochrane M., (2000) 'Pre-registration rotations into general practice: the concerns of pre-registration house officers and the views of hospital consultants'. Medical Education, 34 :716-720 [Details]
(2000) 'PRHOs in primary care: what is happening out there?'
Cantillon P, Williams C, Cochrane M. (2000) 'PRHOs in primary care: what is happening out there?'. Hospital Medicine, 61 :564-567 [Details]
(2000) 'A surgical career? The views of junior women doctors'
Williams C, Cantillon P (2000) 'A surgical career? The views of junior women doctors'. Medical Education, 34 :602-607 [Details]
(1999) 'Does continuing medical education in general practice make a difference?'
Cantillon P, Jones R., (1999) 'Does continuing medical education in general practice make a difference?'. British Medical Journal, 318 :1276-1279 [Details]
(1999) 'Evaluation: beyond the rhetoric'
Cantillon P. (1999) 'Evaluation: beyond the rhetoric'. Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 3 :265-268 [Details]
(1997) 'Patients' perceptions of changes in their blood pressure'
Cantillon P, Morgan M, Dundas R, Simpson J, Bartholomew J, Shaw A (1997) 'Patients' perceptions of changes in their blood pressure'. Journal Of Human Hypertension, 11 :221-225 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2010) The ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine.
Cantillon, P. (2010) The ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine. : Wiley publishers. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Developing Clinical Teachers'
Cantillon P. (2009) 'Developing Clinical Teachers' In: The Art of Medical Education. New York: Nova Science. [Details]
(2008) 'Peer Assisted Learning'
Cantillon P.; Glynn L. (2008) 'Peer Assisted Learning' In: Medical Education and Training: From theory to delivery. London: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) The 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, NUI Galway
Houghton C, Smyth S, Cooney A, Dowling M, Kelly M, Kelly J, Cantillon P (2013) Students' perceptions of videoconferencing as an education strategy The 4th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, NUI Galway [Details]
(2012) 12th Annual All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE), Dublin City University, Dublin
Smyth, S., Houghton, C., Cooney, A., Dowling, M., Kelly, M., Kelly, J., & Cantillon, P (2012) Using Video Conferencing in Postgraduate Education: Benefits and Challenges 12th Annual All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE), Dublin City University, Dublin [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2006) 'An innovative approach to medical teaching'
Glynn LG, MacFarlane A, Kelly M, Cantillon P, Murphy AW. (2006) 'An innovative approach to medical teaching' Forum, 23 (8) :16-18. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2013) Students’ perceptions of videoconferencing as an education strategy. Paper. Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice, 4th International Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15th-16th April.
Houghton, C., Smyth, S., Cooney, A., Dowling, M., Kelly, M., Kelly, J. & Cantillon, P. (2013) Students’ perceptions of videoconferencing as an education strategy. Paper. Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice, 4th International Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 15th-16th April. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) Using videoconferencing in postgraduate education: benefits and challenges. Paper. All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) Annual Conference, Dublin, 30th-31st August.
Smyth, S., Houghton, C., Cooney, A., Dowling M., Kelly, M., Kelly, J. & Cantillon, P. (2012) Using videoconferencing in postgraduate education: benefits and challenges. Paper. All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) Annual Conference, Dublin, 30th-31st August. Conference Paper [Details]

Meeting

  Year Publication
(2013) Does Performance in Preclinical Year Assessments Predict Performance in Clinical Year Assessments?.
McVeigh, T,Avalos, G,Cantillon, P,Dunne, F (2013) Does Performance in Preclinical Year Assessments Predict Performance in Clinical Year Assessments?. Meeting [Details]
(2013) Surgical journal club as a community of practice learning model: A case study.
Quinn, EM,Cantillon, P,Redmond, HP,Bennett, D (2013) Surgical journal club as a community of practice learning model: A case study. Meeting [Details]
(2012) Mentorship and role models in modern surgery: Prevalence and importance.
Healy, NA,Cantillon, P,Kerin, MJ (2012) Mentorship and role models in modern surgery: Prevalence and importance. Meeting [Details]
(2011) Acquisition of basic surgical skills early in the undergraduate career.
Chang, KH,Flaherty, G,Cantillon, P,Malone, CM,Kerin, MJ (2011) Acquisition of basic surgical skills early in the undergraduate career. Meeting [Details]
(2011) Surgical role models and mentors in the Irish setting.
Healy, NA,Cantillon, P,Kerin, MJ (2011) Surgical role models and mentors in the Irish setting. Meeting [Details]
(2010) BASIC SURGICAL SKILLS SPECIAL STUDY MODULE AND ITS IMPACT ON STUDENTS' CAREER CHOICE.
Chang, KH,Flaherty, G,Malone, CM,Cantillon, P,Kerin, MJ (2010) BASIC SURGICAL SKILLS SPECIAL STUDY MODULE AND ITS IMPACT ON STUDENTS' CAREER CHOICE. Meeting [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2003) ABC of learning and teaching in medicine - Teaching large groups.
Cantillon, P (2003) ABC of learning and teaching in medicine - Teaching large groups. Reviews [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2008 NAIRTL National Award for Teaching Excellence National Association for the Integration of Research into Teaching and Learning
2007 NUI Galway President's Teaching Excellence Award NUI Galway