Jenny Johnston

    Jenny Johnston

    Clinical Senior Lecturer

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2094

    For media contact email
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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    I am an academic GP and educationalist. My medical education PhD (2015) explored developing identity in general practice (GP) training. As a clinician, all my academic work is grounded in the need to improve patient care and experience. I am particularly interested in sociocultural constructions of medicine and medical encounters, and in examining critically the processes of healthcare together with underlying assumptions.

    Research Statement

    My research agenda is defined by challenging simplicity assumptions, with a focus on critical and linguistic analyses. Research of this type makes visible unseen complexity and power dynamics, which benefits learners, teachers and most importantly patients. Current areas of scholarly interest include assessment, workplace learning and identity, and phenomenological experiences of health and illness. I am also interested in medical humanities and the philosophy of science.


    Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME): Best Research Paper of the Year Award, Winner and Runner-up papers (2016)

    Queen's University Belfast School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science: Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research (2013).

    Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME): New Researcher Award Runner-up Prize, for MPhil project (2010)


    I hold a postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education (2012). I bring my experience as a clinician to bear on my teaching, using a primary care perspective and generalist skills such as coping with uncertainty throughout my teaching. Most of my teaching and administration responsibility lies with the undergraduate GP course. This is a key juncture in the medical curriculum, at which students are introduced to the principles and practice of primary care for the first time.


    Currently member of BJGP editorial committee (2015-present). 

    Previously sat on ASME Educational Research Group (2014-15) and RCGP Research Paper of the Year Panel (2011-12)

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Please contact Dr Johnston if you are interested in pursuing an MSc or PhD project in medical education, using qualitative methodologies.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Medical Education

      ISSNs: 0308-0110

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2923


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.09 SJR 1.971 SNIP 1.964


    • British Journal of General Practice

      ISSNs: 0960-1643, 0035-8797

      Royal College of General Practitioners

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.03 SJR 0.992 SNIP 1.258


    • Education for primary care

      ISSNs: 1473-9879

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1475-990X

      Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.36 SJR 0.302 SNIP 0.447


    • Clinical Teacher

      ISSNs: 1743-4971

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1743-498X


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.6 SJR 0.372 SNIP 0.59


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    Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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