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Meet your teachers

Our teaching methods are developed using practical evidence of what works best from medical education across the world.

We actively ensure we give our students the best teaching possible to enable them to succeed.

Our teaching is delivered by people who are clinicians and researchers of international renown – you'll be learning from and working alongside some of the leading experts in their fields.

Here are a few of our teaching staff...

Dr Marcus Coffey SFHEA.
Director of Phase 1 of the MBBCh programme, Reader in Pharmacology and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Marcus Coffey
Dr Marcus Coffey

I teach the subject of Pharmacology to our Medical and BSc students.

Although we only ever want drugs to have a therapeutic effect in patients, we also have to recognise that all drugs have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. So the more we understand about the composition of drugs, how they have their effects and how the body responds to the presence of a drug in the system, the safer prescribing medicines becomes.

To more fully understand the actions of drugs in the body, I teach our students everything from cardiac electrophysiology to epigenetics and everything in between.

My teaching uses interactive computer animations to help explain scientific processes, plus I give our students hands-on practical experiences of using drugs in clinical scenarios (they get to experiment on each other!)

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Dr Rhian Goodfellow.
Clinical Reader and C21 Director

Rhian Goodfellow
Dr Rhian Goodfellow

As an inherently chatty, inquisitive and perhaps some may say nosy individual, medicine was the ideal career choice for me and to date it has surpassed all expectations.

The privilege and thrill of listening to patients, making a diagnosis and subsequently being able to treat individuals continues to excite me and makes going to work every morning easy.

As a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, there is never time to become bored or complacent.

Every day brings a different challenge, from discussing cutting-edge bench-to-bedside medicine (combining basic science theory and clinical practice) and treating an elderly person's bad back to teaching and enthusing the next generation of doctors.

I could never imagine myself doing anything else.

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Dr Paul Frost.
Clinical Reader and Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation

Dr Paul Frost
Dr Paul Frost

As a consultant in intensive care medicine, I look after critically ill and injured patients. It’s a varied and fulfilling job involving the clinical management of every conceivable type of medical emergency.

There is little in medical practice that is more satisfying than rescuing a person from the brink of death and seeing them recover, to return to their homes and families.

Before taking up my current post in Cardiff, I was fortunate enough to have spent 10 years in Australia and New Zealand working in major trauma centres, burns units, paediatric intensive care units and in the aeromedical retrieval of critically ill patients.

I understand only too well how anxious trainee doctors and medical students are about managing these very sick patients, but in Cardiff we pride ourselves on teaching our students how to do this well.

It is my privilege, as director of clinical skills, to lead on this part of the curriculum.

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Professor Paul Morgan.
Director of the Systems Immunity Research Institute

Paul Morgan
Professor Paul Morgan

I am a Clinical Biochemist with a strong research record in Immunology.

I was formerly Dean and Head of the School from 2008-2013 but made the decision to step back allowing me to spend more time on research and clinical work.

I enjoy teaching, particularly one-to-one and small groups, and relish the challenges of the new curriculum.

I have learned an enormous amount from interacting with students and come to realise that our students are the medical school – our most valuable resource and best source of advice on improving the course and student experience.

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Professor Steve Riley MD, FRCP, FAcadMed.
Dean of Medical Education

Professor Steve Riley
Professor Steve Riley

Attention to detail, the challenge of making the rare diagnosis and developing a long-term doctor-patient relationship are the key points of my career in nephrology.

Couple this with the highest quality care of all patients – whether the problems are common or rare – and you have the beginnings of a long and fruitful career in medicine.

My teachers and mentors instilled these characteristics in me and allowed me to develop my skills and interests during my training. I am keen to show the same enthusiasm to the students I teach and give them the ability to look for the unique and the unusual in their day-to-day practice.

My job is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to unlock the fascination of clinical medicine and strive for excellence at every opportunity.

If you have done this and made it fun then you know you have been trained in Wales.

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Sian Williams MSc Med Ed, BSc (Hons) ACHS, PGCE, RN, FAcadMed.
Senior Lecturer and Clinical Procedures Lead

Sian Williams
Sian Williams

My professional background lies within nursing and palliative care, but I now lead the clinical procedures programme.

Medical students need to learn clinical skills in a safe environment before going into clinical areas to work and practice procedures on patients. My role is to ensure our students learn clinical procedures to a standard that ensures patient safety, but also helps them recognise that good communication skills, empathy and compassion are all part of that learning process.

I am enthusiastic about the development of clinical skills, and am committed to the small group practical sessions that work well in the clinical skills centre environment.

My goals for the coming years include the continued development and evaluation of teaching within the clinical skills centre, and further production of e-learning resources.

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