Professor Phillippa Jane Poole



A medical graduate of the University of Auckland and a specialist general physician at Auckland City Hospital, Professor Phillippa Poole is currently Head of the Department of Medicine at her alma mater. Prior to this she was the head of the medical programme for nearly 10 years.

Research | Current

I have two main reseach themes

1. Shaping a medical workforce for future health needs, including determinants of medical student career choice, and effect of gender on career. I am the Auckland lead for the NZ Medical Schools Outcomes Database and Longitudinal Tracking Project (MSOD). Information and reports may be found at

2. Cochrane Reviews of interventions in COPD, working with the Cochrane Airways Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.          

Teaching | Current


Year 3 clinical methods tutor and assessor

Year 4 clinical supervisor, tutor and assessor

Year 6 clinical supervisor, tutor and assessor

Summer student supervisor

Member of Boards of Studies, Boards of Examiners and Fitness to Practice Committee

House Officer 

Clinical supervisor and assessor


Clinical supervisor and assessor

Part 1 examiner

Postgraduate supervision

PhD student Antonia Verstappen


Professor and Head of Department of Medicine

General Physician Auckland City Hospital

Chair, Prevocational Training Committee, Northern Regional Training Hub        

Areas of expertise

Medical workforce development, including medical education, and women in medicine

General  medicine


Cochrane Reviews

Committees/Professional groups/Services




Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Verstappen, A., & Poole, P. (2017). Rising levels of New Zealand medical student debt. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1457), 38-44. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Antonia Verstappen
  • Poole, P., Stoner, T., Verstappen, A., & Bagg, W. (2016). Medical students: where have they come from; where are they going?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129 (1435), 59-67. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg, Antonia Verstappen
  • Shulruf, B., Wilkinson, T., Weller, J., Jones, P., & Poole, P. (2016). Insights into the Angoff method: Results from a simulation study. BMC Medical Education, 16 (134).10.1186/s12909-016-0656-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boaz Shulruf, Jennifer Weller
  • Poole, P., Chong, J., & Cates, C. (2015). Mucolytic agents versus placebo for chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (7).10.1002/14651858.CD001287.pub5
  • Matthews, C., Bagg, W., Yielder, J., Mogol, V., & Poole, P. (2015). Does Pūkawakawa (the regional-rural programme at the University of Auckland) influence workforce choice?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128 (1409), 35-43.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg
  • Braatvedt, C., Poole, P., Merry, A., Gorman, D., Reid, P., & Bagg, W. (2014). Fitness to practice of medical graduates: One programme’s approach. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127 (1405), 70-77.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg, Des Gorman, Papaarangi Reid, Alan Merry
  • Boyle, V., Shulruf, B., & Poole, P. (2014). Influence of gender and other factors on medical student specialty interest. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127 (1402), 78-87. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boaz Shulruf
  • Curtis, E., Wikaire, E., Kool, B., Honey, M. L., Kelly, F., Poole, P., ... Reid, P. (2014). What helps and hinders indigenous student success in higher education health programmes: A qualitative study using the Critical Incident Technique. Paper presented at 16th Ottawa Conference and 12th Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ottawa, Canada. 25 April - 29 April 2014. 10.1111/medu.12485
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bridget Kool, Papaarangi Reid, Mark Barrow, Michelle Honey


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3002
New Zealand

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