Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Dr Marie Morris

Zena MooreRole: Lecturer and Programme Director MSc/PGDip Wound Management & Tissue Viability & MSc/PGDip in Peri Operative Childrens Nursing


Professional qualifications: Registered General Nurse

Academic qualifications: PhD, MSc, PGDipHEd , PG Dip (Wound Care & Tissue Viability), PG Dip (Acute & Critical Care), PGCert (Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice), BSc (HONS), RGN.

Current Studies:

  • Masters in Higher Education (2017-2019) 
  • Special Purpose Certificate in Academic Practice (SPCAP)

Current research & Professional Activity:

Current projects
  • Cochrane Review on technology interventions to reduce pressure injury, in collaboration with Monash University, Australia.
Additional Professional Activities:
  • 2018: Honorary Head of Medical Education Assessment, UEMS EBSQ General Surgery Examination. Reviewing and blueprinting Part 1 MCQ and Part 2 OSCE.
  • 2017: Hosted the 2nd European Conference in Dublin for the Network of Accreditation Skills Centres in Europe (NASCE).
  • 2016-18: Invited Expert Contributor to the National Teaching and Learning Forum in Higher Education - Focusing on Assessment.
  • 2016-18: Invited Faculty to plan and deliver a "Train the Trainer" Programme for Simulation based training in Europe with the Network of Accreditation Skills Centres in Europe (NASCE). First course ran in Sweden 2017 and planned for Copenhagen in 2018.

  • A comparison of common instruments for procedural skills assessment in undergraduate medicine. M Morris, A Gillis, N Bhatt, PF Ridgway, Accepted Journal of Surgical Education. June 2018.
  • Curriculum Design in Higher Education: Module development through the addition of simulation based training sessions. M Morris. Under review, Teaching in Higher Education, May 2018.
  • Creative Curriculum: Promoting student engagement and ownership in programme development.
    M Morris. Under review, Teaching in Higher Education, May 2018.
  • Using fMRI to distinguish levels of expertise among surgeons and surgical trainees in complex surgical tasks. A. Gillis & M. Morris, O. Mothersill, AJ Fagan, T. Frodl, G. Donohoe, PF Ridgway. Under review - Journal of Surgical Education. April 2018.
  • Prepared for Practice? Interns experiences of undergraduate clinical skills training in Ireland. M Morris, A. O'Neill, A. Gillis, S. Charania, J. Fitzpatrick, A. Redmond, S. Rosli and P.F. Ridgway.
    Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development: 2016; 3:85-90 doi:10.4137/JMECD.S39381.
  • An international survey of medical licensing requirements for immigrating physicians, focusing on communication evaluation. Gillis A, Weedle R, Morris M, Ridgway P. Int J Med Educ. 6;7:44-7. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5690.ef62..PMID 26851517. Feb 2016.
  • Evaluation of a "Subintern" Role: Action over Observation for Final-Year Medical Students in Surgery. Morris MC, Hennessy M, Conlon KC, Ridgway PF. J Surg Educ. 2015 Sep-Oct; 72(5):862-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.03.003. Epub 2015 Apr 23. PMID: 25921190
  • When should surgeons retire? Bhatt NR, Morris M, O'Neil A, Gillis A, Ridgway PF.
    Br J Surg. 2016 Jan; 103(1):35-42. doi: 10.1002/bjs.9925. Epub 2015 Nov 18. Review.
  • Pilot evaluation of a novel observational tool for collaboration and communication within multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTs). AE Gillis, M Morris, N Bhatt, PF Ridgway. DOI: 10.1558/cam.26716
  • Communication skills assessment in the final postgraduate years to established practice: a systematic review. Gillis AE, Morris MC, Ridgway PF. Postgrad Med J. 2015 Jan; 91(1071):13-21. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2014-132772. Epub 2014 Dec 2. PMID: 25468984
  • An alternative certification examination ("ACE") in surgery. Morris MC, Gillis AE, Smoothey CO, Hennessy M, Conlon KC, Ridgway PF.J Surg Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec;71(6):779-89. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.05.011. Epub 2014 Jul 11
  • Assessment of Competence in Surgical Skills Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Feasibility Study. Morris MC, Frodl T, D'Souza A, Fagan AJ, Ridgway PF. J Surg Educ. 2014 Oct 25. pii: S1931-7204(14)00258-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.09.007.
  • An Alternative Certification Examination "ACE": Can post graduate methods be used to assess clinical skills in medical undergraduates? M Morris, M Bennett, M Hennessy, KC Conlon, PF Ridgway. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research.2013. 3(4): 1806-1817.
  • The fall and rise of medical student's attitudes to communication skills learning in Ireland: A longitudinal study. M Morris, G Donohoe, M Hennessy. British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Sciences. 2013.3(4):467-477.
  • Norman G, Dumville JC, Moore ZEH, Tanner J, Christie J, Goto S. Antibiotics and antiseptics for pressure ulcers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD011586. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011586.pub2.
  • Medical Student's Communication Ability during the Medical Interview - Perceptions of Self, Patients and Faculty. M. Morris, C. O. Ciardha, G. Donohoe and M. Hennessy. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, ISSN: 2278 - 0998, 2013 Mar: 4(3).
  • Pro forma: impact on communication skills? Morris M, Donohoe G, Hennessy M, O Ciardha C. Clin Teach. 2013 Oct; 10(5):318-22. doi: 10.1111/tct.12062
  • Tools used to assess medical students competence in procedural skills at the end of a primary medical degree: a systematic review. Marie C. Morris, Tom K. Gallagher and Paul F. Ridgway. Citation: Med Educ Online 2012, 17: 18398 -


  • 2016-2017: TCD Provosts Excellence in Teaching Award. Value 1,500 Euro
  • 2017-2018: TCD Faculty of Health Sciences Deans Award for Innovation in Teaching - An Experiential Learning Opportunity to improve career readiness of Medical Graduates. Value 5,000 Euro
  • 2016-2017: TCD Faculty of Health Sciences Deans Award for Innovation in Teaching - Technology Enhanced Assessment. Value 6,120 Euro
  • 2015-2016: TCD Faculty of Health Sciences Deans Award for Innovation in Teaching - An Integrated Holistic Approach to Assessment and Feedback. Value 4,530 Euro

Teaching and research supervision

  • Wound assessment and management.
  • Tissue Viability.
  • Teaching and Learning.
  • Contemporary Issues in Nursing.

Research Supervision and Supervised Student Awards
Co-Supervisor: Master's in Education - Surgical skills attainment and retention in trainee General Practitioners.

Principal Investigator on Students Research Projects
  • Peer assessment in undergraduate medical education: A Systematic Review. Under Review Clinical Teacher May 2018. Awarded 3rd Prize out of 82 research projects.
  • Interns Preparedness for Clinical Practice in Ireland. - Published in Journal of Medical Education and Curriculum Reform.
  • Evaluation of peer assessment as a teaching method for musculoskeletal learning. - Oral presentation AMEE Conference, Vienna.
  • OSCE anxiety in medical students. - Oral presentation TCD - in top 3 Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) projects.
  • To clean or not to clean pre intra-muscular injection? - Oral Presentation TCD - in top 3 EBM projects. Oral presentation at European Medical Student Conference.
  • Nasogastric tube insertion - clean or sterile technique? - Oral Presentation TCD - in top 5 EBM projects.
  • Palming the needle holder in surgery - what is the evidence? - Oral Presentation TCD - in top 5 EBM projects.
  • Medical student's experiences of and receptiveness to feedback. Oral Presentation TCD - in top 5 EBM projects.