Associate Professor Andy Mark Wearn



Andy moved to New Zealand in 2001, following an initial academic career in UK general practice.  He set up and directed the Clinical Skills Centre at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (2001 to 2017). He has worked as Deputy Head and Director of Assessment for the medical programme, prior to taking up the Head role in 2019. His educational interests are in skills, professionalism, assessment and learning. He has an eclectic mix of publications in health professional education and primary care. He continues to work as a General Practitioner.

Teaching | Current

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

Postgraduate supervision

PhD co-supervision, Masters 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).

Areas of expertise

Health Professional Education, General Practice

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)

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  • Wearn, A., Clouder, L., Barradell, S., & Neve, H. (2020). A qualitative research synthesis exploring professional touch in healthcare practice using the threshold concept framework. Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice, 25 (3), 731-754. 10.1007/s10459-019-09901-9
  • Jowsey, T., Petersen, L., Mysko, C., Cooper-Ioelu, P., Herbst, P., Webster, C. S., ... Lin, M.-J. P. (2020). Performativity, identity formation and professionalism: Ethnographic research to explore student experiences of clinical simulation training. PLoS One, 15 (7).10.1371/journal.pone.0236085
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynne Petersen, Tanisha Jowsey, Pauline Cooper-Ioelu, Pauline Herbst, Dianne Marshall, Craig Webster, Jane Torrie, Jennifer Weller
  • Aspden, T., Wearn, A., & Petersen, L. (2020). Skills by stealth: Developing pharmacist competencies using art. Medical education, 54 (5), 442-443. 10.1111/medu.14098
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trudi Aspden, Lynne Petersen
  • Eggleton, K., Wearn, A., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2019). Determining rural learning outcomes for medical student placements using a consensus process with rural clinical teachers. Education for primary care : an official publication of the Association of Course Organisers, National Association of GP Tutors, World Organisation of Family Doctors, 1-8. 10.1080/14739879.2019.1705921
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Kyle Eggleton
  • O'Callaghan A, Wearn, A., & Barrow, M. (2019). Providing a liminal space: Threshold concepts for learning in palliative medicine. Medical teacher, 1-7. 10.1080/0142159x.2019.1687868
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne O'Callaghan, Mark Barrow
  • Webster, C. S., Jowsey, T., Lu, L. M., Henning, M. A., Verstappen, A. C., Wearn, A., ... Weller, J. M. (2019). Capturing the experience of the hospital-stay journey from admission to discharge using diaries completed by patients in their own words: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 9 (3)10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027258
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Antonia Verstappen, Craig Webster, Tanisha Jowsey, Marcus Henning, Alan Merry, Jennifer Weller, Papaarangi Reid
  • Kemp, S., Hu, W., Bishop, J., Forrest, K., Hudson, J. N., Wilson, I., ... Wearn, A. (2019). Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand. BMC medical education, 19 (1)10.1186/s12909-019-1505-2
  • Bhoopatkar, H., Wearn, A., & Vnuk, A. (2019). Audit and exploration of graduating medical students’ opportunities to perform digital rectal examinations as part of their learning. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 89 (5), 617-618. 10.1111/ans.15236
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Harsh Bhoopatkar

Contact details

Office hours

Monday - Thursday, Friday AM

Clinical, Wednesday AM

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
New Zealand

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