12-month projects: MA/BMedSci(Hons)/BHSc(Hons)
The team has the capacity to supervise one student to complete one of the following projects – depending on the student’s interests. All options can be completed under supervision at Honours or Masters level by a student within the 12-month time frame.
The projects are:
Survey of Medical Colleges
There is currently limited understanding of how New Zealand Medical Colleges are supporting the Māori medical specialist workforce, and the types of programmes, policies and initiatives in place. This survey of the medical colleges will provide a baseline to then measure changes in this area over time. This project will bring together the literature (including the recent Te ORA and Council of Medical Colleges (2021) report on cultural safety in New Zealand Medical Colleges and the AIDA survey report (2020)) to develop the survey. The survey will then be undertaken with the New Zealand Medical Colleges to measure the actions they are taking to develop and support the Māori medical specialist workforce within their college. Information from the survey will be collated and analysed in a report.
Barriers and supports to complaints processes
Little is known about how Māori medical students, who have experienced bullying, harassment and discrimination, feel about the formal complaints processes within their education, training and work environments. This project will look at student-identified barriers and supports to inform intervention strategies. This project is likely to involve qualitative interviews with Māori medical students regarding the barriers and supports for the complaints process related to experiences of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Information from the interviews will be collated into a report, highlighting key themes and recommendations for potential complaints processes and interventions.
Te Reo Māori version of the survey
There are currently limited Te Reo Māori (Te Reo) resources for quantitative survey use in the field of health in Aotearoa. Two surveys are being developed in English for Māori medical students and doctors on experiences of bullying, harassment and discrimination within training and workplace environments as part of Te Whakahaumaru Taiao. This project would involve translating and validating the surveys, or some key questions, into Te Reo Māori. The student will need to be a Te Reo Māori speaker and writer. The project would involve translating a quantitative survey into Te Reo Māori, which includes; defining key terms within the survey in Te Reo, detailing the process of translation of a survey, translating the survey, inputting the translated survey into Qualtrics and validating the survey with Te Reo speakers.
Discourse analysis of skin tone in teaching resources
It is known that visual representation and familiarity with disease presentation is an important diagnostic tool for medical training. Overseas studies have highlighted the lack of representation in imagery and written descriptions of disease signs for people with dark skin tone. This project will document the visual and written representation of skin diseases and presentation in medical textbooks and resources used by medical students in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project will include creating a list of textbooks and teaching materials (recommended websites, lecture slides etc) used to inform the students about dermatological conditions and other conditions diagnosed using skin appearance. Following this the types and frequencies of skin colours included in these resources will be noted. A report will then be completed from this analysis, which includes comparisons to the international literature on the inclusion of a variety of skin colours across teaching material.
Discourse analysis of case study inclusion in teaching resources
The inclusion of diversity (e.g. religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity) within case studies in medical teaching material is supported within the international literature but little is known about this area in the context of medical school education in Aotearoa. This project will undertake discourse analysis of the case studies (in the context of ethnicity) in the Medical School teaching materials. The student will undertake a literature review of case study representation across medical school teaching material. Case studies used within teaching materials in the Medical School will be collated. Discourse analysis will then be undertaken on the case studies included. A report will be completed OR alternative dissemination options could include workshopping case studies with lecturers.