Associate Professor Andy Wearn



Andy moved to NZ in 2001, following an initial academic career in UK general practice.  He set up and directs the Clinical Skills Centre at the FMHS and is Deputy Head of the medical programme. His educational interests are in skills, professionalism, assessment and learning. He has an eclectic mix of publications in health professional education and primary care.

Teaching | Current

MBChB Y2,3 (PCS modules), Y2-6 (PPS domain, Learning & Teaching theme)

BPharm Y2-4

PGCertClinPharm in Prescribing

Cert/Dip/MClinEd (Co-convenor of CLINED703)

Postgraduate supervision

PhD co-supervision


University of Auckland Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching - 2016

Butland Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching - 2016

Choice Critics Award - Medical Education - 2015

Listing on AMEE’s MedEdWorld list of ‘selected key papers in medical education’ – three papers listed (Medical Teacher 2009, Clinical Teacher 2013, and Medical Teacher 2016).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Editor, FoHPE (Focus on Health Professional Education). The journal of ANZAHPE (Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators)

Vice President of ANZAHPE, 2007-2013.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bhoopatkar, H., Wearn, A., & Vnuk, A. (2017). Medical students' experience of performing female pelvic examinations: Opportunities and barriers. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 57 (5), 514-519. 10.1111/ajo.12634
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harsh Bhoopatkar
  • Yielder, J., Wearn, A., Chen, Y., Henning, M. A., Weller, J., Lillis, S., ... Bagg, W. (2017). A qualitative exploration of student perceptions of the impact of progress tests on learning and emotional wellbeing. BMC Medical Education, 17 (148)10.1186/s12909-017-0984-2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jill Yielder, Yan Chen, Jennifer Weller, Warwick Bagg, Marcus Henning
  • Vnuk, A. K., Wearn, A., & Rees, C. E. (2017). The influence of students' gender on equity in Peer Physical Examination: A qualitative study. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22 (3), 653-665. 10.1007/s10459-016-9699-0
  • Wearn, A. M., Nakatsuji, M., & Bhoopatkar, H. (2017). Abnormal findings in peers during skills learning. The Clinical Teacher, 14 (1), 40-44. 10.1111/tct.12497
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Miriam Nakatsuji, Harsh Bhoopatkar
  • Wearn, A., O'Callaghan A, & Barrow, M. (2016). Becoming a Different Doctor: Identifying Threshold Concepts When Doctors in Training Spend Six Months with a Hospital Palliative Care Team. In R. Land, J. H. F. Meyer, M. T. Flanagan (Eds.) Threshold Concepts in Practice (pp. 223-238). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne O'Callaghan, Mark Barrow
  • Neve, H., Wearn, A. M., & Collett, T. (2016). What are threshold concepts and how can they inform medical education?. Medical Teacher, 38 (8), 850-853. 10.3109/0142159X.2015.1112889
  • Chen, Y., Henning, M., Yielder, J., Jones, R., Wearn, A., & Weller, J. (2015). Progress testing in the medical curriculum: Students’ approach to learning and perceived stress. BMC Medical Education, 15 (147)10.1186/s12909-015-0426-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yan Chen, Marcus Henning, Jill Yielder, Rhys Jones, Jennifer Weller
  • Wearn, A., Bhoopatkar, H., & Nakatsuji, M. (2015). Evaluation of the effect of hand hygiene reminder signs on the use of antimicrobial hand gel in a clinical skills center. Journal of infection and public health, 8 (5), 425-431. 10.1016/j.jiph.2014.12.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harsh Bhoopatkar, Miriam Nakatsuji

Contact details

Office hours

Monday - Thursday

Clinical, Wednesday AM

Primary office location

93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
New Zealand

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