Dr Cathy Coelho
Profiles

Dr Cathy Coelho

Associate Professor (Education)

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

I am an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dental Education and Year 4 Lead (the penultimate year) at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry. I am the Module Lead for the BDS and DTH Clinical Audit modules and take lead responsibility for Enquiry-based learning, academic remediation and Widening Participation in the Dental School.I am the Senior Personal Tutor within the Dental School. I was awarded an Early Career Educator Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 from the Association of Dental Education in Europe and was a finalist for the Higher Education Academy Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017.

Qualifications

BDS 1987

Masters in Clinical Education 2016.
Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education 2013.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education 2014.
Awards:
  • 2016 ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe) Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career Educator).
  • Finalist in the 2017 Higher Education Academy Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professional membership

General Dental Council

Senior Fellow of HEA
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators
International Association for Dental Research
Association of Dental Education in Europe
Association of Dental Education in Europe Special Interest Group: Dental Educators on the Move
British Society for Oral and Dental Research

Teaching interests

Enquiry-based facilitation

Clinical dentistry
Academic remediation

Research interests

Papers

Dental Foundation Dentists

Prepared for practice and equipped for employment: what do dental foundation dentists think of their trainees?. British Dental Journal, 2018; 225(6), 549-555.

Enquiry-based learning

C. Coelho;“Facilitating facilitators to facilitate in problem or enquiry-based sessions”.Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education, 2014;2(1), 4-10.

The Spiral Curriculum

C. Coelho and D.Moles; “Student perceptions of a spiral curriculum”. European Journal of Dental Education, 2016.20(3) 161-166.

Academic performance in students with specific learning disabilities

K. Ali, D. Zahra,C. Coelho, G. Jones and C. Tredwin; "Academic performance of undergraduate dental students with learning disabilities". British Dental Journal,2017;222(3) 205-208.

Using patients as educators

C. Coelho, J.Pooler and H. Lloyd; "Using patients as educators for communication skills; Exploring dental students and patients views". European Journal of Dental Education, 2017;00:1-9.

Communication in a clinical setting

C. Coelho, R. Witton and w. Smith; Assisting communication in the dental setting: a student team working initiative with stroke patients. Journal of Disability and oral Health. 2018; 19(1): 10-13

  

Posters and Presentations

1. Poster: C.Coelho and S. Hanks; Closing the loop on feedback – using student voice to enhance student experience. At Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University, 28th June 2013.

2. Poster: C.Coelho and S. Hanks; Pioneering near peer learning events to empower student development towards employment. At Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University, 27th June 2014.

3. Poster: C.Coelho, S. Hanks and P, Schoenborn; What do dental trainers think of the preparedness for practice of dental graduates? At PedRIO Annual Conference 17th April 2015.

4. Poster: Student led plenaries. At 2015 PUPSMD Education Conference, April 2015. 

5. Short oral presentation and poster: C. Coelho; “A critical appraisal of the literature oncommunication skills training in dentistry” at 2015 international Associationfor Dental Education in Europe conference in Hungary.

6. Short ora lpresentation and poster: S. Hanks, C .Coelho, P. Schoenborn and R. Coster;“Dental Foundation Trainers’ (DFT) perception of the “Preparedness for Practice” of new dental graduates” at 2015 international Association for Dental Education in Europe conference in Hungary

7. Short oral presentation and poster: C .Coelho; “A qualitative study to explore the issues for patients when giving feedback on the communication skills of dental students”at 2015 British Society of Dental Research national conference in Cardiff, UK.

8. Short oral presentation and poster: C. Coelho; “Shifting academically failing or under-performing dental students to succeeding ones” at 2016 international Association for Dental Education in Europe conference in Barcelona.

9. Short oral presentation and poster;  C. Coelho, S.Hanks; “Does science knowledge learnt in problem or enquiry-based learning sessions transfer to other learning spaces?” at 2016 international Association for Dental Education in Europe conference in Barcelona.

10.Short oral presentation and poster : S. Hanks, C. Coelho;“Evaluating the DayBook: Long Distance View of the Educational Impact of a Teaching and Learning Resource” at 2016 international Association for Dental Education in Europe conference in Barcelona.

11. Short oral presentation and e-poster: C. Coelho, P. Trimble and P. Ward: "Evaluation of inter-professional learning with dental and law students using problem-based learning methodology" at 2018 international Association for Dental Education in Europe conference in Oslo.

Grants & contracts

2014 University of Plymouth PedRIO grant

Other academic activities

Awarded the 2016 ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career Educator).


Represented Plymouth University as a Finalist in the 2017 Higher Education Academy Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.