Samantha Taylor


  • Room 01.024A - Whitla Medical Building

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer (Education) within the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  As an anatomist, my area of subject expertise is gross anatomy.  My key areas of leadership are:

  • Designated Individual (DI) for the Anatomy Licensed Area (2011 - present)
  • Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Clinical Anatomy (2016 - present)
  • Academic Lead for anatomy within year 2 of the medical curriculum (2010 - present)
  • Academic Lead and Co-ordinator of External Courses in Anatomy (2015 - present)


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

External Appointments

In 2013, I was appointed to the Faculty of Examiners for the Intercollegiate MRCS by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  In this role, I examine both nationally and internationally.

I am External Examiner for anatomy within year 1 of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, The University of Bristol.


Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the specific learning approaches that are adopted by medical students when learning human anatomy; it is this area that was the focus of my doctoral research.  I am particularly interested in exploring the extent to which student perception of clinical relevance of anatomy and previous qualifications predict student learning approach.  From a theoretical perspective, I am interested in Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and how this particular theory may be translated to the study of anatomy by medical students.

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Research Output

To What Extent do Previous Qualifications Predict Student Approach to Learning Anatomy?

Taylor, S., Miller, S. & Lloyd, K., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Anatomy. p. 191-191 P02.

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Cadaveric Findings of the Effect of Rib Fractures on Spread of Serratus Plane Injections

Johnston, D. F., Taylor, S., Black, N. D., O'Halloran, R., Turbitt, L. & Taylor, S., 07 Mar 2019, In : Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 66, 6, p. 738-739 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

2 Citations (Scopus)

Prevalence and Morphology of the Corona Mortis and its Clinical Significance in Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment

Goan, R. & Murray, A., 30 Sep 2019, In : British Journal of Surgery. 106, S6, p. 5-5 0065.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

  • Spread of Dye Injectate in the Distal Femoral Triangle Versus the Distal Adductor Canal: A Cadaveric Study

    Johnston, D. F., Black, N. D., Cowden, R., Turbitt, L. & Taylor, S., 03 Jan 2019, In : Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. 44, p. 39-45 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Femoral Triangle Versus Adductor Canal: The Most Reliable Location to Block Nerve to Vastus Medialis. A Cadaveric Study. (Poster presentation).

    Johnston, D.F;Black, N;Cowden, R;Turbitt, L; Taylor, S., 19 Apr 2018, p. 675. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    Awarded Student-Nominated Teaching Award - 2012

    Taylor, Samantha (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Recipient of the student-nominated Wade Undergraduate Teaching Award - 2013

    Taylor, Samantha (Recipient), 18 Oct 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    Samantha Taylor (Contributor)

    Jan 20142018

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