Professor Gabrielle Finn


Director of the Health Professions Education Unit, Professor of Medical Education

Role at Hull York Medical School

Gabrielle is the founding Director of the Health Professions Education Unit (HPEU) and Professor of Medical Education.


Gabrielle is Professor of Medical Education and the Director of the Health Professions Education Unit (HPEU). The HPEU brings together the scholarship of those engaged in teaching and education development at Hull York Medical School. It facilitates and provides leadership for many issues related to innovation in learning and teaching, and provides a platform for much of the school’s medical and health care education research.

Gabrielle teaches on the MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Health Professions Education and is a supervisor for MSc, MD and PhD students. She undertakes quantitative and qualitative research. Her areas of interest include; anatomy pedagogy, identity formation, medical student selection, assessment and medical professionalism. Gabrielle has a special interest in the use of anatomical body painting within medical education and public engagement, hosting events for schools, the public, media and healthcare professionals. 

Gabrielle graduated from the University of Dundee (Anatomical Sciences) and Durham University (PhD in Medical Education). Her first academic appointment was as Lecturer in Anatomy and Executive Secretary for the Centre for Medical Education Research at Durham University. Gabrielle was awarded the Durham University Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award in 2012. Gabrielle is Associate Editor for the journals Anatomical Sciences Education and BMC Medical Education. She reviews for a number of other journals. She was awarded the Choice Critic award (2013) from the journal Medical Education for exemplary peer-reviews, as well as the journal's Editorial Internship in 2014-15. In addition to teaching and research she works with publishers on anatomy texts. She has published in both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, as well as having experience as a book editor.

Gabrielle has previously taught anatomy and clinical skills to undergraduate Medicine and Pharmacy students, as well as developing and teaching on postgraduate clinical anatomy courses. She is the Education Officer for the Anatomical Society.


Gabrielle's research interests include:

  • Professionalism
  • Identity formation
  • Assessment
  • Anatomy pedagogy
  • Entrance testing - (non-cognitive assessment)
  • Quality assurance
  • Selection
  • Gender 
  • Discrimination and inequalities 
  • Workforce development

Gabrielle utilises the following methodologies:

  • Quantitative studies
  • Delphi
  • Qualitative studies - grounded theory, thematic analysis, discourse analysis

Gabrielle is an active peer-reviewer and is Associate Editor for the journals BMC Medical Education and Anatomical Sciences Education. 


  • Finn GM, Morgan J, Crampton P, Leppink J, Stewart L, Murtagh F, Nattress B, Tiffin P, Buchanan J. £100,000. 2019. NIHR / Wellcome/ CRUK joint funding. Understanding the attractiveness of and attrition in clinical academic careers for doctors and dentists across the UK– a qualitative and systematic review focusing on gender inequalities’. (QRTB-2019-014). “From the sticky floor to the glass ceiling and everything in between: A qualitative review focusing on gender inequalities in clinical academic careers”. 
  • Finn GM. Core Clinical Supervision Training. Health Education England. £15,000. 2019
  • Finn GM, Leppink J, Jomeen J, Bowes K. Supporting Undergraduate Medical and Healthcare Students involvement in Health & Wellbeing Outreach Programmes. The development, implementation, and evaluation of an interprofessional intervention for healthcare promotion: Repurposing the Teddy Bear Hospital. Health Education England. £60,000. 2019
  • Leppink J, Glidewell L, Tiffin P, Anderson A, Finn GM. Evaluation of the NHS GP Induction and Refresher Scheme Assessments. Health Education England. £20,000. 2019
  • Iling J, McLachlan JC, Tiffin PA, Finn GM, Sawdon MA, Carter M, Hesselgreaves H, Crampton P, Husband A.Education outcomes framework for healthcare workforce. Department of Health.
  • Tiffin PA, Finn GM and Beckmann JF. UKCAT Capacity Building. UKCAT board. 2013 (Gabrielle is lead of the Non-cognitive work-stream)
  • Sawdon MA, Murray D and Finn GMThe National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia. “Relating professionalism and conscientiousness to develop an objective, scalar, proxy measure of professionalism in anaesthetic trainees.”

Module leader: Anatomy Pedagogy, Research Approaches in Health Professions Education, Dissertation (in Health Professions Education)

Programme tutor for the MSc, Diploma and Certificate in Health Professions Education

MBBS: Professionalism and Ethics, SSIP tutor 

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh - Masters in Human Anatomy


View Gabrielle's publications on the PURE research database and ORCID.


For anyone interested in research collaborations please contact:

Some of Gabrielle's current research collaborations include:

  • Professors Fred Hafferty & Wojciech Pawlina - The Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Dr Claire Smith- Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK
  • Professor Stephen McHanwell - Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Jane Stewart - Newcastle University, UK
  • Professor David Powis - The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Postgraduate research supervision

Gabrielle is interested in PhD, MSc and MD supervision across the spectrum of medical education. Potential students should get in touch via email.

PhD students:

Siobhan Connelly- An anatomy curriculum for nurses.

Lauren Aylott - Values based recruitment for mental health workers.

Angelique Duenas – A national assessment of Gateway programmes in the UK

Megan Brown – Flipped medical education: longitudinal integrated clerkships and the transition to patient-­centred medical education.

Karen Kirkness – Authentic assessment through the continuum of undergraduate medical curriculum.

MD students:

Alexandra MacNamara: Integrated prescribing teaching on acquisition of prescribing knowledge and skills in medical students.

Katie Bird: Evaluation of prescribing safety assessment for medical students.

External roles

External examiner for the PGCert/iMSc in Medical Education at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the MSc in Clinical Education at Newcastle University and and MBBS at the University of Aberdeen. 

Associate Editor for the journals Anatomical Sciences Education and BMC Medical Education
Reviewer for journals including:

  • The Clinical Teacher
  • Medical Teacher
  • Medical Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Medicine
  • The International Journal of Medical Education
  • Advances in Medical Education and Practice
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • The Journal of Anatomy
  • BMC Medical Education
  • Anatomical Sciences Education
  • Advances in Medical Education and Practice

Reviewer for the National Teaching Fellow Awards

Reviewer for the Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grants

Member of the Northern Faculty of Medical Education Course Recognition Panel - Teaching the Teachers

Elected member of council for the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (Serving second x 3 year term)

Appointed as a Director for the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (Serving second x 3 year term)

Membership Chair for the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Elected to the International Federation of Anatomical Societies (IFAA) committee

Coordinator for Education Techniques and Innovations on the Federative International Program for Anatomical Education (FIPAE)

Fellow of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Health for the North East (CETL4HealthNE)

Gabrielle is also a member of the Federative International Programme for Anatomical Education (FIPAE). Within the committee, Gabrielle is part of the sub-group for Education Techniques and Innovations. She is a member of the Education committee for the American Association of Anatomists.