Michele Grovesí research discipline is medical education. Her specific interests are: i) clinical reasoning and its role in diagnosis. This includes its teaching and development in undergraduate medical students and cognitive causes of misdiagnoses; ii) problem-based learning and iii) assessment in undergraduate medical curricula.
I have a background in Basic Science with a BSc majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology. I have worked in both clinical microbiology and biochemistry although the majority of my discipline-based teaching experience has been in biochemistry.
I joined the University of Queensland in 1996, after living for three years in Malaysia where I gained my initial experience in medical education. Since then, I have had a strong and continuous involvement in the MBBS Program, originally as a tutor in problem-based learning (PBL) and subsequently in the training of PBL tutors, curriculum development and revision, and in the writing of both formative and summative assessment.
In August 2001, I was appointed to my current position of Head of Year 1 which carries overall responsibility for all aspects of the first year of the MBBS Program, including curriculum development and delivery, assessment and evaluation, and staff development.
In 1999, I commenced a PhD in medical education that looked at the development of clinical reasoning in medical students enrolled in a PBL curriculum. Although my PhD was completed in 2002, clinical reasoning remains my principal area of research interest. However, I have also been involved in several other studies related to various aspects of PBL and undergraduate medical education, including studentsí approaches to learning, the role of the PBL tutor, the role of the basic sciences in integrated medical curricula, self-directed learning and the relationship between studentsí entry characteristics and academic achievement.