Dr Tudor Chinnah
Senior Lecturer (E&S), Human Anatomy and Medical Education
+44 (0) 1392 722994
College House G02
College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Tudor is a Senior Lecturer in Human Anatomy and Clinical Education within the Education and Scholarship job family in the University of Exeter Medical School. Tudor is a very experienced Anatomist and Medical Educator. He has a unique experience in the teaching and assessment of anatomy with and without cadaver. He has taught all aspects of human Anatomy in Medical Schools both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. In the UK, he has been directly involved in the design and development of the innovative non-cadaveric anatomy curriculum of the medical school and its learning and teaching strategies from when it started as the Peninsula Medical School. He has also contributed in many other aspects of the Medicine and Medical Sciences undergraduate programmes at the University of Exeter. He is the Academic Lead in Anatomy curriculum for the undergraduate programmes in the medical school. He was the first convener of a new Anatomy module for the BSc medical sciences programme. He has initiated a number of students’ consolidation of learning and teaching support activities including the 'popular' integrated clinical anatomy spot test (iCAST). He is the College designated International students’ academic tutor and coordinates the provision of learning and teaching supports for the students and a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Merit Award of the medical school for his contribution in International students’ academic support and was nominated for the 2016 Teaching Awards in the Best Lecturer Category. He is the coordinator of the newly introduced Pre-University International Summer School programme for Medicine following a very successful pilot as an international students' recruitment strategy. Tudor is a nationally and internationally recognised Anatomist and Medical Educator, and a Commonwealth scholar. He has served as an international visiting scholar and external examiner for medical schools both nationally and internationally. He has also served in a number of curriculum development, management and assessment committees. He is an elected member of the University Senate and has received an ASPIRE Senior Fellowship award and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.
Brief Description of Duties/Roles:
- Academic Lead in Anatomy
- Teach Human Anatomy including Human Embryology on the BMBS, BSc Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging Programmes.
- Academic tutor to BMBS students
- Facilitate PBL sessions on the BMBS Course
- The College International Students' Tutor
- Supervise BMBS special study unit student projects and BSc Medical Science small group and final year research projects.
- The College Library liaison officer
- Lead/Coordinator of the UEMS Pre-University International Summer School for students recruitment.
- University of Exeter Senator
- External Examiner to Medical Schools.
- Line manage junior colleagues
- 2009: MSc in Clinical Education: The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the Peninsula Medical School, Universities of EXETER and PLYMOUTH, UK.
- Project Title: Medical Students’ Experiences and Perceptions of Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning Human Anatomy.
- 2000: PhD in Anatomy: University of Sheffield, SHEFFIELD, UK.
- Project Title: A Study of Congenital Malformations in Embryos of STZ-Induced Diabetic Mothers using a new Animal Model, the Swiss Albino MF1 Mouse.
- 1987: MSc in Anatomy: University of Calabar, CALABAR, Nigeria.
- Project Title: Experimental Teratogenicity of Pyrimethamine on Fetal Spinal Cord of Wistar Rats – A Morphological and Histological Study.
- 1984: BMedSc (Hons) in Anatomy (Second Class Lower Division): University of Port Harcourt, PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria
- Project Title: Paraneurones of the Chick Embryo - A Morphological and Histological Study.
Research group links
Tudor's research interests included the area of human embryology with specific focus on Teratology. He has used experimental diabetic animal models to explore the mechanisms and ways of prevention of diabetes-induced congenital malformations. However, following his appointment within the Education and Scholarship job family, he could not actively continue on this line of wet laboratory based research. He now offers project topics in this area as students’ literature research projects which he supervises to keep abreast with latest developments in the area. Tudor has currently refocused his scholarship attention with active engagement in medical education pedagogic research for students’ academic support and enhancement of learning and teaching experiences. His activities have focused on innovative learning and teaching approaches including use of imaging technologies and academic support of students for learning enhancement. Through his medical education scholarship on international students’ academic support, Tudor won an internal education research award grant of £4,500.00 for a survey of all the medical schools in the UK for best practice in the provision of academic support for international medical students. The outcome of his work on this project led to the development and introduction of a targeted academic support schemes for international students within the medical school. The work also resulted in the presentation of two posters at two different conferences re AMEE and ASME. Also, as part of his MScClinEd programme dissertation project, Tudor evaluated students’ views on the innovative integrated clinical anatomy curriculum. Some of the major outcomes of this project were that it highlighted the impact of students’ early exposure to peer-physical examination and palpation as an anatomy learning and teaching tool on the students’ confidence in the transition to real patients’ physical clinical examination. This work was published in a peer-reviewed journal. The project also led to the development and introduction of two formative assessment activities, which were aimed at supporting and enhancing students’ learning experiences. This also resulted in three posters and one oral conference presentations, and contributed in increasing student satisfaction rating in the biomedical sciences learning and teaching in the MACE survey. Tudor is currently investigating the “E-resources usage behaviour” of our medical and biomedical students with the aim for an informed tailoring of the library E-resources provisions to students’ needs and preferences. This work will also help to inform how best to present E-resources and maximise usage whilst minimising costs.
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
- 2014 (October) – Date: External Examiner (Undergraduate Course): University of Manchester Medical School, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, UK.
- 2015 (October) – Date: External Examiner (Undergraduate Course): University of Dundee School of Medicine, Undergraduate Medicine, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
- 2013 – Date: External Examiner (Postgraduate Research Dissertation and Thesis), Department of Clinical Anatomy, College of Health Sciences, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa.
- 2015 (25th July – 1st August): Visiting Senior Scholar, Department of Clinical Anatomy, College of Healt Sciences, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa.
- 2013 (24th July – 15th August ): Visiting Scholar, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
- 2013 – Date: Member, Board of External Reviewers for quality of research outputs in Anatomy for rating application for the National Research Foundation of South Africa (Equivalent to REF in the UK).
As an Anatomist and Medical Educator, Tudor has taught all aspects of human Anatomy including Embryology and Neuroanatomy in Medical Education programme for undergraduate medicine, dentistry and medical sciences students and contributed in introducing new activities that enhance students’ teaching and learning experiences. As the academic lead in Anatomy from the inception of the medical school of the University of Exeter, Tudor contributed in the designing, development and delivery of the innovative Anatomy curriculum teaching and learning strategies for the Medical School undergraduate medical programme, which emphases the learning and Teaching of clinically applied anatomy. Tudor make significant inputs into assessment items writing and standard setting for the applied medical knowledge progress test, and other assessment benchmarking and quality assurance exercises. Tudor provide academic leadership and mentorship/line management of colleagues and involved in the planning and management of resources in the Medical School. He has led in the introduction of new clinically applied anatomy learning activities such as clinical case based discussions and integrated clinical anatomy spot test as part of consolidation of learning. Tudor has also led in the introduction of new anatomy module in the BSc medical sciences programme. He has led in the introduction of a targeted programme of academic support scheme for the international students which helped in bridging the learning experience cultural gap of this group of students. He is also the team lead for the Deans’ Commission on Anatomy teaching review. Tudor is a very experienced nationally and internationally recognised Anatomist and Medical Educator. He has served as an international visiting scholar and external examiner for medical schools both nationally and internationally. He was a recipient of a Teaching Excellence Merit Award of the Medical School and was nominated for the 2016 Teaching Awards in the Best Lecturer Category. He was also a recipient of the Anatomical Society Departmental Seminar Award of £300.00 which he used to run a seminar on “Imaging Technologies in Anatomy Teaching and Learning in Modern Medical Education”. Tudor is also a recipient of the ASPIRE Senior Fellowship award and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Core Teaching Subjects:
- Clinical Gross Anatomy
- Human Embryology
- Medical Education