Dr Reina Abraham

Designation: Clinical Skills Coordinator

Tel: 031 260 4633

Email: Abrahamr@ukzn.ac.za

Biosketch: Dr Reina Abraham is a medical doctor (MBBS). She has a postgraduate degree in anaesthesia from the West African College of Surgeons, a postgraduate degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a master’s degree in medical sciences and a doctorate in medicine from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Abraham oversees the clinical skills undergraduate program at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. Her research interests have focused on feedback in medical education. This has resulted in teaching and learning strategies that encourage more student-centered feedback practices in health professional training.

Dr Abraham’s goal for the clinical skills curriculum is to provide medical students with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills required for effective patient care and clinical decision-making. I help students become proficient in performing various clinical procedures, improve communication skills, and foster professionalism. The principles of clinical skills knowledge and practice are explained in a systematic manner to help students understand and demonstrate competence through logical thinking.

Her involvement in coordinating the pre-clinical skills modules in the first, second, and third years of the MBChB programme has allowed me to investigate the effect of student’s attitudes towards receiving feedback on clinical skills learning, with the goal of informing higher education pedagogy as it relates to teaching and learning in medical education. I specifically investigated the effects of student’s attitudes towards learning clinical skills based on tutor and peer feedback on clinical performance in a clinical skills laboratory setting. My research has provided me with an excellent platform for understanding more about how my students learn to improve my teaching.

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