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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Staff Members

Dr Meenakshi Swamy

Room number: C139, Holliday Building, Queens Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH
Associate Director in the Centre for Medical Education Research
Lecturer in Anatomy in Phase 1 Medicine
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40691

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Meenakshi graduated from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore University, India in 1999. In 2003 she completed Masters’ Degree in Anatomy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India and was awarded second rank. In 2004 she was appointed as Lecturer in Anatomy and Clinical Imaging at St. Christopher’s College of Medicine, UK. She subsequently worked as Demonstrator at St. George’s University Hospital, Durham University and Newcastle University. Between 2008 - 2011 she was the Senior Demonstrator at Newcastle University when she developed an interest in medical education research. In 2010 she was awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2011 Meenakshi joined Durham University as Lecturer in Anatomy. She teaches anatomy to undergraduate Medicine and Pharmacy students. She has worked as a doctor in the NHS and in India. Her medical experience enables her to contribute clinical input both to teaching and assessment of Anatomy and Clinical Skills programme. She is also involved in developing and teaching on postgraduate clinical anatomy courses. Her research is in medical education. She is interested in exploring and evaluating innovative methods of anatomy teaching and use of simulators for teaching undergraduate medical students in Phase 1 Medicine.
In her spare time, Meenakshi loves playing badminton, tennis and travelling.

Teaching Areas


Clinical Skills

Postgraduate Clinical Anatomy courses

Selected Publications

Conference Paper

  • Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Hesselgreaves, H., Crampton, P., Tiffin, P., Carter, M., Corbett, S., Sawdon, M., Swamy, M., Ikah, D., Finn, G.M., Swan, L., Page, G., Husband, A. & Kehoe, A. (2016), A realist synthesis of the evidence linking education and training to patient benefit, The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) conrference 2016. Perth, Australia.
  • Swamy, M. & Venkatachalam, S. (2016), Clinically oriented anatomy teaching to maximise second year medical students learning experience, 17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions 2016. Perth, Australia.
  • Swamy, M., Sawdon, M., Chaytor, A., Cox, D., Barbaro-Brown, J. & McLachlan, J.C. (2016), First-year medical students’ perceptions of using SimMan® in clinical skills examination session, 13th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference 2016. Singapore.
  • Swamy,M.& & Searle,R.F. (2015), Evaluation of body painting as a learning gap in anatomy and clinical examination session, International Congress of Clinical Anatomy 2015. Rouen, France..
  • Swamy, M, Sawdon, M, Chaytor, A, Cox, D, Barbaro-Brown, J & McLachlan, J.C. (2014), A study to investigate the role of SimMan in teaching clinical skills to preclinical medical students, 16th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions 2014. Ottawa, Canada, Ottawa.
  • Swamy, M. & Searle, R. F. (2014), Evaluation of anatomy teaching with portable ultrasound to medical students, The Association for the Study of Medical Education( ASME) conference 2014. Brighton, UK, Brighton.
  • Swamy, M., Bloomfield, T.C., Thomas, R.H., Singh, H. & Searle, R.F. (2013), A study to explore the role of SimMan as an adjunct in teaching clinical skills to preclinical medical students, AMEE International Meeting 2013. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Ikah, D., Finn, G., Swamy, M., White, P. M. & McLachlan, J. (2013), Clinical vignettes improve performance in anatomy spotter assessment, Anatomical Society winter meeting on Assessment within medical education and sense organs 2013. Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Sadanandaswamy, M. & Searle, R.F. (2010), Analysis of ultrasound in teaching gross anatomy to medical students (poster), 14th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions. Miami, Florida, Miami FL.
  • Sadanandaswamy, M., Bloomfield, T.C., Thomas, R.H., Singh, H., Almeer, G. & Searle, R.F. (2010), Role of Sim-Man in teaching clinical skills to preclinical medical students, Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) 2010. Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Research Groups

Phase 1 Medicine

  • Medical Education

Research Interests

  • Anatomy pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Centre for Medical Education Research

Teaching Groups

  • Phase I Undergraduate Medicine
  • Undergraduate Pharmacy