Visiting Scholar

Anique Atherley

Anique Atherley, MD

Joint PhD Candidate
Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Western Sydney University, Australia

Dates of Visit: July 22 – 30, 2019

Purpose of Visit

In addition to discussing research interests with CHES faculty, Anique will work with Dr. Laura Nimmon (co-author) on her third PhD study, which utilizes qualitative social network analysis (SNA) and have discussions with other PhD students using SNA. Lastly, Anique is grateful that she received the 2019 Medical Education Travelling Fellowship to facilitate her visit to CHES.


Dr. Anique Atherley graduated from medical school at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and subsequently completed a Master in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Liverpool. She developed an interest in Medical Education from her final medical school year and thereafter began doing mixed methods research under the supervision of the late Dr. Charles G. Taylor Jr. Here she developed an interest in student and physician well-being, student engagement and transitions during training.

Anique was awarded a Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Medical Education as a joint candidate with Western Sydney University and Maastricht University. This programme of research focuses on the social and developmental aspects of the transition between pre-clinical and clinical training during medical school. These transition periods are often described as anxiety-generating and impacting learning and Anique hopes this research programme will contribute to optimization of transitions to support trainees. Anique is now towards the end of her 2nd year and is completing data collection of her 2nd and 3rd study in Sydney. Anique is under the supervision of Drs. Diana Dolmans, Pim Teunissen, Wendy Hu and Iman Hegazi.