Visiting Scholar

Anna Ryan

Anna Ryan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of Assessment
Department of Medical Education,
University of Melbourne, Australia

Dates of Visit: October 25 – November 1, 2019

Purpose of Visit

The Melbourne MD program is currently in the process of a major curriculum review. The proposed curriculum will provide far greater flexibly for students and the assessment program must support this flexibility whilst also providing direction for student learning. Anna is interested in meeting with assessment-related teaching and research staff and faculty at UBC.


Anna is the Director of Assessment in the Department of Medical Education. In addition to overall responsibility for assessment, she provides faculty development in assessment, supervises MD, Masters & PhD students, and has an active program of research. Anna’s overarching interest is in assessment for learning and within the medical program this involves finding ways to maximise the learning potential of each and every assessment within the MD. She co-ordinates and teaches Assessing Clinical Learners – a core subject of the EXCITE Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. Anna’s program of research is broadly focused on self-regulation of learning with emphasis on knowledge acquisition, response to feedback, and development and assessment of professionalism. She is currently taking part in an international research collaboration with University of Toronto focused on test-enhanced transfer of learning which explores the timing and content of feedback for retention and transfer of knowledge.

Anna is a medical doctor and a chiropractor. In addition to her clinical qualifications she has a number of educational qualifications and PhD in Medical Education. Anna holds roles regulation (through her position on the Chiropractic Board of Australia) and accreditation – serving as an Australian Medical Council (AMC) Medical Schools Accreditation Team Member since 2014.