ETBLC Board – Marina Sawdon

Discipline: Medicine, Physiology, Biomedical Science

About Me: I graduated with First Class Honours in Biomedical Sciences from Durham University in 1998. With the physiology bug I continued on at Durham to gain a PhD in the cardiorespiratory response to blast injuries in 2002.

I was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Anaesthesia, Trauma and Intensive Care at the School of Anaesthesia, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough in 2001, and the Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Anaesthesia, Trauma and Intensive Care in the School of Health, Durham University.

In 2005, I became a Physiology Lecturer and Strand Leader for the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Medicine Strand on the Medicine course at Durham University, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015.

In 2007, I was awarded my teaching qualification (Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) through Durham University’s School for Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. That year I also became Co-physiology Editor for the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine Journal. I have been a Fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Healthcare Professional Education (CETL4HealthNE), and held honorary lecturer posts at the School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough and the Department of Academic Emergency Medicine, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

In 2010, I won the Celebrating Excellence Award for my research and teaching from Durham University and was presented with this in Durham Castle. I have been External Examiner on the postgraduate GP Education Programme at Northumbria University, Leeds Medical School, and currently Sheffield Medical School.

In 2017, I took up the post of Senior Lecturer in Physiological Sciences at University of Sunderland and I am Module Leader for the Introduction to Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences (HCS109) module.

I currently teach cardiovascular and respiratory physiology to biomedical students and cardiac physiology students.

Interest in TBL: My first experience using TBL was with first year medical students at Durham University in 2015 with my colleague Prof. Danny Mclaughlin.

I have recently introduced TBL at the University of Sunderland in a Cardiac Physiology degree programme. I am currently extending this by writing RATs and application exercises to introduce TBL to undergraduate Biomedical Science students in April 2018.

Publications/Presentations on TBL:

  • Judy Currey, Michelle McFarland Marina Sawdon, Simon Tweddell, Christine Dearnley. Leveraging Team-Based Learning Curricula to Develop Professionalism in Students. Workshop to be presented at the TBLC Annual Conference, San Diego, USA March 1-3, 2018
  • D.P. McLaughlin, R. Ahmed, M. Sawdon. Student Responses to Team-Based Learning (TBL) in Year One of a UK Medical Degree Programme. Developing Excellence in Medical Education. (DEMEC). Organised jointly by COPMeD, HEE, NACT UK, NES, COGPED, Wales Deanery, AOME, ASME, AoMRC, GMC and MSC. 27 – 28 November 2017, Manchester
  • Danny McLaughlin, Marina Sawdon, Simon Tweddell, Shihab Khogali. Team-Based Learning in Healthcare Education. Workshop at ASME, Exeter, June 2017
  • M Sawdon, C Peponis, A Le Saint-Grant, K Doonan, D McLaughlin. Student performance in team-based learning (TBL) tests predict summative examination performance in first year undergraduate medical students. ASME, Exeter, June 2017
  • McLaughlin, D & Sawdon, M. Student responses to a pilot of team-based learning (TBL) in the Durham Phase I Medicine curriculum. Durham Teaching & Learning Conference. Sept 2016