Professor Jennifer Mary Weller
MD, MBBS, MClinEd, FRCA, FANZCA
Associate Professor Jennifer Weller is Head of the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at the University of Auckland, and a specialist anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital.
She established the Masters program in Clinical Education. She has published widely in the field of workplace assessment simulation-based education, teamwork and patient safety. Dr Weller leads a national, insurer funded program aimed at establishing simulation-based training in teamwork in New Zealand operating theatres.
A/Prof Weller is on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Anaesthesia and an inaugural editorial board member for the new journal BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning.
Research | Current
My research focuses on teamwork and patient safety, simulation-based education and workplace-based assessment with over 100 publications in these areas.My research has been underpinned by my practice as a specialist anaesthetist enabling me to translate many of the findings into effective initiatives in the clinical workplace.
Five most influential works
Can I leave the theatre? A key to more reliable workplace-based assessment. Weller JM, Misur M, Nicolson S, Morris J, Ure S, Crossley J, Jolly B. (2014). British Journal of Anaesthesia, 112(6), 1083-1091.
Building the Evidence on Simulation Validity: Comparison of Anesthesiologists' Communication Patterns in Real and Simulated Cases. Weller JM, Henderson R, Webster C, Shulruf B, Torrie J, Davies E, Henderson K, Frampton C, Merry AF. Anesthesiology 2014, 120(1):142-148, 20142014.
Weller J, Frengley R, Torrie J, Shulruf B, Jolly B, Hopley L, et al. Evaluation of an instrument to measure teamwork in multidisciplinary critical care teams. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011;20(3):216-22.
Weller J, Boyd M, Cumin D. Teams, tribes and patient safety: Overcoming barriers to effective teamwork in healthcare. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2014, 90(1061), 149-154. (Invited review)
Weller JM. Simulation in undergraduate medical education: bridging the gap between theory and practice. Medical Education 2004. 38 (1), 32-38 (250 citations)
Teaching | Current
In 2007 I launched an online post-graduate programme in Clinical Education, now with over 200 past or current students. My current teaching includes post-graduate taught courses and supervision of Masters and PhD students.
Ivana Nakarada-Kordic: Assessing mental models in Multidisciplinary Operating Room Teams: The Momento approach. Submitted 2016
Ali Almansour: The effect of Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation on Healthcare Service Quality: Empirical Evidence from Saudi Arabia Hospitals. Submitting 2017
Mpatisi Moyo: Does applying values add value? Evaluation of an educational innovation. Submitted 2016
Current Masters Students
Rachel Care: Otolaryngology trainees’ experiences and attitudes to work based assessments
Completed Masters students
Caroline Stone: The capabilities desirable in New Zealand osteopaths managing paediatric patients
Wayne Hazell: Observing Emergency Medicine Multitasking, “Observation” and Feedback
Peter Flieschl: Are Senior General Practice Registrars prepared to train and work within Palliative Care Teams? The Barriers and Benefits
Timothy Brake: Culture and implications for crisis management training
Nav Sidhu: Undergraduate Medical Education in Anaesthesia
Carley Jones: Impact of an interprofessional student interview and review on subsequent patient management
Doctor of Medicine Supervision
Phillip Cornish: Supraclavicular regional anaesthesia revisited
Australasian Visitor and Douglas Joseph Professor, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, awarded in 2016 for "Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation-based Team Training: implementation and evaluation of a national patient safety intervention".
I am Chair of The School of Medicine Research Committee, a member of the School of Medicine HODs Committee and a member of the FMHS Education Committee. I have previously chaired the FMHS Education Committee and have been the FMHS representative on the University Education Committee and the University Teaching and Learning Committee. I am a member of the Medical Programme Assessment Sub-Committee and Evaluation Sub-Committee and actively contribute to project work on these committees. I am a member of the Medical Programme Board of Studies and the Clinical Education Board of Studies.
Areas of expertise
Interprofessional teamwork and patient safety
I contribute to the training, assessment and research through my professiona to Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) including the Education and Training Committees and the ANZCA Research Committee. I am the current Chair of the Education SIG, and have previously chaired the Simulation SIG. I have been an examiner for ANZCA Final Examinations since 2004, and sit on the Final Examinations Subcommittee, responsible for the final examination process and delivery. My most significant College contributions have been the introduction, implementation and ongoing maintenance of simulation-based training (EMAC) and workplace-based assessment.
My contribution to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) includes full-day, workplace assessments of overseas medical graduates for suitability for independent practice in New Zealand. In this role, I advised on development of the assessment process, using my experience in workplace-based assessments, and contributed to changes in the assessment forms. As a member of the MCNZ Education Committee, I led review panels for hospital accreditation for junior doctor training, and acted as the New Zealand representative on AMC accreditation panels for two specialist colleges.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Garden, A. L., & Weller, J. M. (2017). Speaking up: does anaesthetist gender influence teamwork and collaboration?. British journal of anaesthesia, 119 (4), 571-572. 10.1093/bja/aex279
- Cumin, D., Skilton, C., & Weller, J. (2017). Information transfer in multidisciplinary operating room teams: a simulation-based observational study. BMJ Quality and Safety, 26 (3), 209-216. 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-005130
Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Cumin, Carmen Skilton
- Weller, J. M., Castanelli, D. J., Chen, Y., & Jolly, B. (2017). Making robust assessments of specialist trainees' workplace performance. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 118 (2), 207-214. 10.1093/bja/aew412
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yan Chen
- Castanelli, D. J., Jowsey, T., Chen, Y., & Weller, J. M. (2016). Perceptions of purpose, value, and process of the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise in anesthesia training. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 63 (12), 1345-1356. 10.1007/s12630-016-0740-9
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanisha Jowsey, Yan Chen
- Nakarada-Kordic, I., Weller, J. M., Webster, C. S., Cumin, D., Frampton, C., Boyd, M., & Merry, A. F. (2016). Assessing the similarity of mental models of operating room team members and implications for patient safety: a prospective, replicated study. BMC Medical Education, 16 (1).10.1186/s12909-016-0752-8
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Merry, Craig Webster, David Cumin
- Weller, J., Civil, I., Torrie, J., Cumin, D., Garden, A., Corter, A., & Merry, A. (2016). Can team training make surgery safer? Lessons for national implementation of a simulation-based programme. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129 (1443), 9-17. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Civil, Jane Torrie, David Cumin, Alan Merry
- Devcich, D. A., Weller, J., Mitchell, S. J., McLaughlin, S., Barker, L., Rudolph, J. W., ... Torrie, J. (2016). A behaviourally anchored rating scale for evaluating the use of the WHO surgical safety checklist: development and initial evaluation of the WHOBARS. BMJ quality & safety, 25 (10), 778-786. 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004448
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Torrie, Alan Merry, Simon Mitchell
- Baker, P. A., Weller, J. M., Baker, M. J., Hounsell, G. L., Scott, J., Gardiner, P. J., & Thompson, J. M. D. (2016). Evaluating the ORSIM® simulator for assessment of anaesthetists' skills in flexible bronchoscopy: aspects of validity and reliability. British journal of anaesthesia, 117 Suppl 1, i87-i91. 10.1093/bja/aew059
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Baker, John Thompson