Dr Dawn Jackson MBChB (hons), MRCGP, PhD, MEd

Dr Dawn Jackson

Birmingham Medical School
Associate Clinical Professor
Deputy Academic Lead for Year 4 of MBChB Programme

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Jackson is an Associate Clinical Professor and Deputy Academic Lead for Year 4 the MBChB programme at the University of Birmingham. She is also a GP partner in south Birmingham.  Dawn is involved in research in medical education, and her research interests span both undergraduate and postgraduate settings. She is interested in thinking about meaningful conversations in education, and the contribution of these to learning and professional identify development.  

Through her Academic Lead role, Dawn is involved in facilitation of the Year 4 MBChB programme.  She also supports the Medical school elective and MBChB Programme Research Advisory Committee.


  • PhD in Medical Education, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 2016
  • MEd in Medical Education, University of Birmingham, 2011
  • MBChB (Hons), University of Manchester, 2007



Research interests

Dawn is involved in research in Primary Care, Teaching Methods, Medical School Selection and Postgraduate Education. Her PhD focused on supervisory relationships in postgraduate GP training. She has also been involved in a programme of research exploring the applicant's journey in preparing to apply for medical school, with a focus on potential inequalities in access to particular preparatory opportunities.

Her current research interests include evaluation of teaching and learning methods in undergraduate medical education and professional identity development (in undergraduate and postgraduate learners).


Current projects

MAPS project: Medicine Applicant Preparation Study.  A programme of research exploring sociodemographic differences in Medical School admissions (involving both quantitative and qualitative research methods).

Dawn has supervised 1 doctoral research student to completion.  She is also involved in the supervision of Masters and intercalated degree students.

She is interested in supervising further doctoral research students who are planning to use mixed methods or qualitative methods in their research.  Projects should focus on medical education (postgraduate or undergraduate), and she is particularly interested in supervising students with an interest in professional identity and narrative methods.

Other activities

Dawn is involved in supporting Widening Participation at the university, and facilitates workshops to support applicants to reflect and learn from their engagement with Observe GP (A platform for virtual primary care work experience, provided by the Royal College of General Practitioners).


Recent publications


Jackson, D, Brady, J & Dawkins, D 2023, 'Positioning, power and agency in postgraduate primary care supervision: a study of trainee narratives', BMC Medical Education, vol. 23, no. 1, 880. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-023-04826-9

Jackson, D, Greenfield, S, Parry, J, Agwu, JC, Spruce, A, Seyan, G & Whalley, N 2023, 'Preparing for Medical School Selection: Exploring the Complexity of Disadvantage through Applicant Narratives', Education for Health, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 53-66. https://doi.org/10.4103/efh.efh_124_22

Jackson, D, Ward, D, Agwu, JC & Spruce, A 2022, 'Preparing for selection success: Socio‐demographic differences in opportunities and obstacles', Medical Education, vol. 56, no. 9, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14811

Yao, M, Zhang, D, Fan, J, Lin, K, Haroon, S, Jackson, D, Li , H, Chen, W, Cheng, KK & Lehman, R 2022, 'The experiences of people with type 2 diabetes in communicating with general practitioners in China – a primary care focus group study', BMC Primary Care , vol. 23, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-022-01632-y

Jackson, D, Davison, I & Brady, J 2021, 'Institutional influences on the supervision of GP trainees: a documentary analysis', Education for Primary Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2021.1888661

Yao, M, Zhang, D, Fan, J, Lin, K, Haroon, S, Jackson, D, Li , H, Chen, W, Lehman, R & Cheng, KK 2021, 'The experiences of Chinese general practitioners in communicating with people with type 2 diabetes - a focus group study', BMC Family Practice, vol. 22, no. 1, 156 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-021-01506-9

Jackson, D & Davison, I 2020, 'Tensions in postgraduate training: Meaningful engagement or ‘tick‐box’ supervision?', Medical Education, vol. 54, no. 11, pp. 970-972. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.v54.11

Jackson, D, Davison, I, Adams, R, Edordu, A & Picton, A 2019, 'A systematic review of supervisory relationships in general practitioner training: a qualitative synthesis ', Medical Education, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 874-885. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.13897

Jackson, D, Davison, I & Brady, J 2018, 'The tacit rules of the game in the GP trainee–trainer supervisory relationship: experienced educators describe GP supervision', Education for Primary Care, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 278-285. https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2018.1501769

Jackson, D 2012, 'The sociocultural contribution to learning: Why did my students fail to learn Aseptic Non-Touch Technique? Multidimensional factors involved in medical students’ failure to learn this skill', Medical Teacher, vol. 34, no. 12, pp. e800-e812. https://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2012.714874

Jackson, D & Wall, D 2010, 'An evaluation of the use of the mini-CEX in the foundation programme', British journal of hospital medicine, vol. 71, no. 10, pp. 584-588. https://doi.org/10.12968/hmed.2010.71.10.78949

Review article

Yao, M, Zhou, X-Y, Xu, Z-J, Lehman, R, Haroon, S, Jackson, D & Cheng, KK 2021, 'The impact of training healthcare professionals' communication skills on the clinical care of diabetes and hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis', BMC Family Practice, vol. 22, no. 1, 152. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-021-01504-x

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