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Vernon Curran

B.A. Memorial, Dip.Ad.Ed. St. Francis Xavier, M.Ed. Dalhousie, Post Grad. Cert. British Columbia, Ph.D. Guelph

Associate Dean of Educational Development

Room # H 2982
Office of Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3V6
t: 709 864-3346
f: 709 777-6576


As Associate Dean, Dr. Curran provides oversight for the activities and operations of the Medical Education Scholarship Centre (MESC), Office of Professional Development (OPD) and the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE); and co-oversight of the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC).

Research Interests

Dr. Curran’s research contributions have been in the fields of: digital, social and mobile learning in medical education and post-secondary education; continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) in medicine and the health professions; evaluation and assessment in medical education and post-secondary education; simulation-based teaching and learning; interprofessional education (IPE) in the health professions, and adult learning.  Recent research has focused on: self-directed learning and the use of digital, social and mobile technologies amongst physicians and health professionals;  factors influencing the retention of resuscitation skills across the health professions; development of tools for the assessment of interprofessional collaborator competencies; and examining the state of non-formal adult learning amongst Canadian post-secondary institutions.  Research in CME/CPD has focused on: factors influencing rural physician professional isolation; distance learning/e-learning and CME delivery; and primary care and specialist physicians’ CME needs.  Research in medical simulation has included studies of the use of low-fidelity anatomical models, standardized patients (SPs) and high-fidelity patient simulators in medical education.  Research in the field of IPE has focused on the evaluation of IPE outcomes, effect of instructional approaches on IPE outcomes, and system barriers to IPE and interprofessionall care.  He was co-lead of a major curriculum development and research project at Memorial University in the areas of IPE and interprofessional care. 

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