As well as my clinical activity, I have an academic commitment to the University of Birmingham as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer. I coordinate the Human Diseases module in the undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) module at the University, responsible for ensuring that the dentists of the future understand the breadth of infection, pathology, pharmacology, medicine, surgery and therapeutics and preparing them to care for patients holistically in their future careers.
In addition to this, I am both a Senior Academic Tutor and Personal Mentor for undergraduate medical students at the University, sitting on admissions interview panels and exam boards.
At a postgraduate level, I am an examiner for the MFDS examinations with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and an Assigned Educational Supervisor for junior trainees. I have co-authored textbooks on subjects as diverse as interview skills for dentists and revision guides for the FRCS(OMFS) exit examination. More recently I have become involved in editing the e-Learning for Healthcare (eLfH) resource eFace and a West Midlands online learning resource for higher surgical trainees using Moodle.
I am currently the regional education lead for the West Midlands for higher surgical trainees in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
My research activity is varied and recent projects have included the following:
- Postgraduate training in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery
- The design, implementation and assessment of virtual learning environments (VLEs) in postgraduate education
- Restructuring of post-graduate education in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Developing a clinical predictor tool for the likelihood of facial fractures on plain film radiography (the Birmingham Mandible and Midface Rules)
- The place of Aristotelian ethics in postgraduate surgical training
I regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons. I have recently been invited to join the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics Unit based at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk and am also an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I have also registered for a doctoral research degree (MD) with the University of Birmingham.