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Dr Rachel Isba

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Rachel Isba

Furness Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592450


Research overview

My broad research interests are in the areas of undergraduate medical education and public health. My education research focuses on the hidden aspects of the undergraduate medical curriculum - including the role of learning environments and the influence of social networks. I am currently using an approach called social network analysis to look at various aspects of the hidden curriculum, including how medical students learn about professionalism. My public health research looks at infectious diseases and the role of paediatric public health in secondary care.

Current Research

Current projects include:-

  • medical student professionalism (using a social network approach)
  • medical student social support networks, MRes student Joe Heath, funded by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • evolution of social networks within a new Californian medical school, collaboration with Dr Kath Woolf (University College London Medical School) and Dr Kendrick Davies (University of California, Riverside)
  • seasonal influenza vaccine uptake amongst healthcare workers, PhD student Rhiannon Edge
  • work with the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Current Teaching

I am involved in teaching students across all five years of the undergraduate medical programme.

Additional Information

I am a Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education and also Director of Assessment for Lancaster Medical School. I am also medical doctor working in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Public Health.

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