Janina Iwaszko

Professor Janina Iwaszko


Professor of Clinical Education and Simulation

Department of Bioscience , School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

Janina Iwaszko is Professor of Clinical Education and Simulation at UEL, with a special interest in patient acute medical simulation in an interprofessional setting, with an emphasis on patient centred clinical practice and patient safety. Janina leads on Simulation in Healthcare professions at UEL and teaches on the Physician Associate MSc programme at UEL. She is also the Royal College of Physicians UK Clinical Lead for the Physician Associate National exam.


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • MBChB
  • MMedEd

Areas Of Interest

  • Patient centred practice
  • The early acquisition of clinical competence
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Acute medical simulation
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Patient safety 
  • The use of mixed media and blended learning
  • Situational awareness
  • Cognitive bias 
  • Clinical communication
  • Human factors 
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Janina worked for 25 years clinically in emergency medicine and in several other acute medical areas. She then left to lead the first Physician Associate MSc in the UK, at the University of Worcester, where she was also a Principal Lecturer in medical education. Janina has taught on many healthcare courses including advancing practice, nursing, midwifery, paramedics, GP and hospital trainees, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. More recently she was part of the project team for the new Three Counties Medical School in Worcester, where she was the lead for Simulation and Interprofessional Learning. Whilst at Worcester she was the Principal Investigator in an Health Education England funded project using simulation to study patient transitions in healthcare.  She was also the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Group and on the Ethics committee in the School of Allied Health.

External roles

  • Royal College of Practitioners UK Clinical Lead Physician Associate National Exam
  • Previous External Examiner for Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland PA Course and PA course at the University of West England.


Janina's research is on the use of simulation in clinical teaching and to teach best practice in clinical communication. She has presented the results of her research widely both nationally, and internationally at 8 AMEE conferences in the last 10 years and she was invited to present two papers at the Drexel Evidence Based Learning International Conference Patient-Worthy Medicine: The Art and Science of Evidence Based Practice which was based at Drexel University, Philadelphia in 2016.


  •  Editor Chapter 14 and 15 of 5th Edition of: A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants Wolters Kluwer/Lippinco​tt Williams & Wilkins. One of the foremost  PA Revision texts in the US.


  • MSc Physician Associate