Researcher

Professor Adrienne Janet Torda

My Expertise

I am recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in medical education and academic leadership. I have received multiple local and national awards for excellence in teaching, have published extensively on innovations in medical education and I have a strong focus on inclusive leadership.

In my role and Head, School of Clinical Medicine, my vision is to deliver excellence in education and the student experience, support our clinical staff and affiliates and create an environment in which both our staff and students will flourish.

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Biography

I am an academic leader and medical educator, as well as a practicing clinician with specialist qualifications in Infectious Diseases with particular expertise in vaccinations. My teaching philosophy is student centred and incorporates adult learning theories with the latest available modalities for designing and delivering medical education. I am passionate about innovation in education, partnering with students, role modelling, and...view more

I am an academic leader and medical educator, as well as a practicing clinician with specialist qualifications in Infectious Diseases with particular expertise in vaccinations. My teaching philosophy is student centred and incorporates adult learning theories with the latest available modalities for designing and delivering medical education. I am passionate about innovation in education, partnering with students, role modelling, and mentoring. My focus is on the development of a forward looking curriculum which integrates teaching students problem solving, analytical thinking, reflective practice, communication skills and teamwork with more traditional medical content and competencies. As head of the School of Clinical Medicine, I am also working on calibration of the student experience by creation of resources and professional development of our clinical teaching staff.

I also champion gender equity and inclusive leadership and is the Gender Champion for UNSW (2019/2020). This also allows her to apply an inclusive lens to her educational design.

Research Interests:
There are two main areas of interest. One is in clinical infectious diseases and the other is medical education research.

Broad Research Areas:
Clinical Research, Medical Education, Infectious Diseases

Qualifications:
MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP. SFHEA, AFANZAPHE, FHERDSA, GradDip Bioethics, GradCert University Learning & Teaching,

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
FRACP, Australian Society of Infectious Diseases; Infectious diseases society of America; Australasian Bioethics Association; ANZAPHE, HERDSA

Specific Research Keywords:
Medical education; Clinical Ethics; Infectious Diseases; Immunology and Infectious Disease; Clinical education; Immunisation


My Qualifications

MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, SFHEA, AFANZAPHE, FHERDSA, GradDip Bioethics, GradCert University Learning & Teaching,


My Awards

2017 - Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award

2019 - UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

2021 - AAUT Citation for Excellence in Teaching


My Research Activities

Immunisation of patients with special needs; surgical infections; influenza immunisation

Clinical infectious Diseases

Curriculum design - evaluation of innovations

 

 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, PhD


Currently supervising

ILP, PhD


My Engagement

Adrienne Torda is an internationally recognised leader in Medical education and innovation.

She champions diversity and inclusivity and was a gender co-champion at UNSW from 2019 - 2021. She is also on the steering committee of the Women's Wellbeing Academy and the Athena Swan Self assessment team.

She is the faculty representative to the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand, the Medical Education Collaborative Committee and the MDANZ representative to the Australian Medical Council - Digitalisation of the Medical Workforce steering comittee.

She is also a member of the TGA Australian Vaccine Committee, which has oversight of vaccine registrations in Australia and a consultant for vaccine registrations for WHO.


My Teaching

Vice Dean and Head, School of Clinical Medicine

Associate Dean, Education and Innovation (2019-2021)

I teach into all phases of the Medical program and oversee teaching within the School of Clinical Medicine

Education Focused champion and mentor

Mentor - Women in Medicine society

 

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Location

Level 4 Lowy Building

Contact

02 9065 6057

Videos

A discussion about what human doctors add to medicine in the age of emerging use of AI
In the age of AI, doctors are better at being huma
Promoting the EF community and what how it benefits our students
Closing the loop, adapting and changing teaching in response to student feedback 1
Providing evidence of the impact of your teaching to assist you in applying for promotion
Evaluation of course innovation using before and after questionnaires
Evaluation of peer assessment
Comparisons of some different ways to evaluate teaching
Australian Awards for University Teaching 2020 Interview
AU WCW Interview Series: Episode 1 Dr Adrienne Torda