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Dr Duncan Cole

Dr Duncan Cole

Senior Lecturer

Yr Ysgol Meddygaeth

+44 (0)29 2074 8359
UHW Main Building



I have a significant teaching role within the School of Medicine. I have designed and developed several components of the new "C21" medical undergraduate course. My current roles include:

  • Applied Clinical Sciences module lead (Year 3)
  • Hospital Front Door module lead (Year 3)
  • Member of the Phase 2 working group
  • Delivery metabolism teaching (Year 1)
  • Development and delivery of medical biochemistry teaching (all years)
  • Question writing (Single best answer MCQs)
  • Examiner for year 2 and year 4 ISCEs
  • Supervision of Student Selected Components (topic areas include medical education, inherited metabolic disease, and medical biochemistry)

I have interests in technology-enhanced learning and clinical reasoning, and am currently leading the following projects in this area:

  • Acquisition of clinical reasoning skills by medical students in the new C21 curriculum: evaluation and assessment
  • Supporting blended learning with digital curation tools (funded by Cardiff University's Centre for Education Innovation)

I started my research career in complement biology, working with Prof Paul Morgan, and with my senior appointment have developed my research interests in medical education and inherited metabolic disease.  My current medical education projects are listed in the Teaching section, and are focussed on clinical reasoning and technology-enhanced learning. My interests in inherited metabolic disease focus on maintaining patient registries, and developing new tests for clinical use.

Medical education

I am interested in how medical students develop their ability to reason through a clinical problem, and make clinical decisions, during their journey through the medical course. I am particularly interested in how different courses and different educational interventions affect this, and how effectively we capture this in our assessments. 

I have an interest in the use of internet-based curation tools such as Scoop.it, Storify and Diigo to support student learning. These tools allow staff and students to gather relevant resources freely available on the internet in one place, critically comment on them, and share them with others. We run projects evaluating their use and exploring how they can be integrated into teaching practice.

Inherited metabolic disease

We run patient registries as part of the Inherited Metabolic Disease service, and are looking to increase our participation going forwards. I also have collaborations with colleagues on the development of new tests for various inherited metabolic diseases.

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