Janet Skinner


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I graduated from Edinburgh Medical School  in 1994 and trained in SE Scotland becoming a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Royal Infirmary in 2007 and Director of Clinical Skills at the University of Edinburgh. During my SpR training I developed an interest in medical education and had some time out of programme to do a Masters and a research fellowship. Within the Emergency Department I am the Year 6 Emergency Medicine Module Organiser and a co-course organiser of the year 3 Emergency Medicine B Med Sci elective. I am responsible for leading the clinical skills team and overseeing the clinical skills centre in Chancellor's Building where a core programme of clinical skills, simulation and acute care teaching is delivered to MBChB students across all 6 years of the programme. My clinical interests include the management of vulnerable patients in the ED; particularly frequent attenders, the elderly and patients with mental health problems.




Current Research Interests

  • Preparation for practice
  • Acute care
  • Non-technical skills
  • Empathy
  • Tactical Decision Games

Research Groups

Centre for Medical Education

Research students


3 MDs supervised to completion (2nd supervisor)

6 MDs ongoing (2 as first supervisor)

1 PhD ongoing


Visiting and Research Positions

External Examiner year 3 Liverpool University MBChB

Collaborative Activity

  • University of Edinburgh School of Nursing
  • University of Edinburgh Vet School
  • Usher Institute
  • Emerge
  • NHS Lothian
  • University of Dundee


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