School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health appoints new Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Congratulations to Associate Professor Julia Harrison on being newly appointed as Director, Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Associate Professor Harrison takes over the role from Dr Sally Ayoub who has returned to clinical work at Monash Health, accepting the position of Deputy Director, Rheumatology.

Associate Professor Harrison brings with her a very strong academic background in medical education and a clinical background in Emergency Medicine. She has a vision for building on the excellent foundations of UME at SCS, through increasing innovation and academic activity in the science of medical education and the use of simulation.

Julia gained her MBBS from Monash University in 1994 and went on to become a Fellow of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine in 2003. In 2016, she became Master of Philosophy candidate, and in 2018 transferred to a PhD candidate in medical education, focusing on how to help prepare students to cope productively when they contribute to errors in the workplace as doctors.

With a strong interest in patient safety and patient safety education, Julia contributed to the early work on Medical Emergency Teams (MET), and co-authored the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for medical schools. She also developed the ISBAR tool - based on the US military tool SBAR - with colleagues from Monash University, now used in many healthcare settings around the world.
In her other roles within the medical school, Julia has chaired the Clinical Skills Theme for the course since 2014, and led the final year Patient Safety Unit since 2006. She is also the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards, including the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and two Australian Learning and Teaching Council awards - for teaching excellence, and outstanding contributions to student learning.

On accepting her appointment Associate Professor Harrison says: "I've been a clinician and educator at Monash Health for over 20 years. I am very happy to have an education leadership role based within this hospital, as it means I can continue to work alongside many long-time clinical colleagues.  In addition, SCS provides an excellent opportunity for innovation in undergraduate medical education due to the supportive infrastructure, large volume and variety of students, and many engaged educators. I am also joining a highly capable and well-functioning team. My interest in education stems from a strong desire to contribute what I can to excellence in healthcare. I am confident that SCS at Monash Health will be a great base from which to work."

The School of Clinical Sciences medical student placements across years 3, 4 and 5 of the Monash MD program is the largest of the clinical schools at Monash University, making its Undergraduate Medical Education division more responsible for Monash doctor qualities than any other.

Associate Professor Harrison commenced in the role this month.