Dr Eleonora Leopardi

Dr Eleonora Leopardi

Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Shaping the next generation of healthcare professionals

Dr Eleonora Leopardi is passionate about preparing current medical students to face the healthcare challenges that humanity will face in the next 50 years. She believes in fostering self-directed and self-regulated learning in students from the earliest stages of their training, in order to prepare them for continuous professional development and lifelong learning throughout their career.

Her PhD research has explored the medical school learning environment and its influence over the students' learning strategies. The multi-sited ethnography she conducted has demonstrated the crucial role played by student culture in influencing the students' attitude and behaviour towards learning Medicine and becoming doctors. Moreover, the study has highlighted the effect of the geo-socio-political context of the medical school over the environment within the institution

Her future work involves delving into the student culture of Gen Z learners and understanding the local and global networks that students form, as well as creating a productive and dynamic learning environment through disruptive educational innovations. 

Leading Medical Education within the Joint Medical Program

Dr Leopardi believes that scholarship of teaching and learning in Medical Education is the key attribute for educators and clinicians to transform medical students into the best doctors they can be. For this reason, she has joined the Implementation Group of the MERIT Net - Medical Education, Research, Innovation and Teaching Network - and is working to develop a community of medical educators committed to excellence in developing and delivering the Joint Medical Program (JMP).

The MERIT Net community aims to maintain the JMP at the forefront of the Medical Education field, setting an example in Australia and worldwide in terms of social accountability, student experience, and critical research. The MERIT Net is a nurturing environment which forges future Medical Education leaders.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, University of Rome

Keywords

  • Clinical Education
  • Ethnography
  • Game-based Learning
  • Health Professions Education
  • Hidden Curriculum
  • Learning Environment
  • Medical Education
  • Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Student Culture

Languages

  • Italian (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/1/2018 - 15/1/2020 Associate Lecturer in Medical Education Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
16/2/2016 - 21/12/2017 Casual Academic The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Guicciardi S, Riforgiato C, Leopardi E, 'Students of today, physicians of tomorrow. Educational priorities for innovative teaching methods in medicine', Recenti Progressi in Medicina, 106 72-73 (2015)

In the past three years there has been increasing debate regarding the educational system of physicians in Italy, mainly due to the implementation of radical changes in the select... [more]

In the past three years there has been increasing debate regarding the educational system of physicians in Italy, mainly due to the implementation of radical changes in the selection and admission criteria to medical courses. From the students' point of view, it is possible to identify different educational challenges to be faced in order to develop a more adequate learning system. First of all, it is necessary to elaborate an accurate planning of the physicians based on the needs of the Italian Healthcare System with a proportionate regulation of access to medical and specialty courses. Secondly, there is the strong need to update the traditional curricula based on a biological reductionist perspective with innovative and integrated courses that could teach new essential topics in a radically changed and globalized world, such as global health or medical ethics. Thirdly, it is crucial to introduce innovative teaching methods that could help students improve and evaluate their practical skills and participate actively in their own education, developing the attitudes and competences needed in their future profession.

Citations Scopus - 4
2014 Crocoli A, Martucci C, Leopardi E, Padua M, Serra A, Cacchione A, et al., 'A dedicated protocol and environment for central venous catheter removal in pediatric patients affected by oncohematological diseases', Journal of Vascular Access, 15 486-491 (2014)

Purpose: The removal of long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) is not performed according to evidence-based guidelines, thus conveying the message that it is a procedure of sec... [more]

Purpose: The removal of long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) is not performed according to evidence-based guidelines, thus conveying the message that it is a procedure of secondary importance. Our study aims at comparing the experience at Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital before and after the implementation of a dedicated protocol and the identification of a specific area to perform such a procedure under the so-called nonoperating room anesthesia (NORA). Methods: Starting on January 1, 2010, an appropriate protocol regarding long-term CVC removal was applied. Then, data from all patients who underwent CVC removal under NORA regimen were compared with patients who have undergone the same procedure before the beginning of such protocol in terms of complication rate, duration of procedure, and costs. Results: Between January 2010 and December 2012, 266 patients were evaluated for long-term CVC removal under a NORA regimen. Of these, 194 underwent the procedure. In the period from January 2007 to December 2009, 60 out of 82 patients scheduled for elective removal of long-term CVC in the operating theatre were eligible for this study. Median procedure time was 7 min for removal in NORA and 10 min for the operating theatre (p=0.016); no complications occurred. Conclusion: Long-term CVC removal is an often-neglected procedure, carrying a small, but definite rate of complications. Our study shows that CVC removal performed in NORA regimen is safe and feasible, also allowing multiple procedures in the same session with prompt management of possible complications and reduction of the anxiety and pain associated with the procedure.

DOI 10.5301/jva.5000277
Citations Scopus - 3
2014 Guarino S, Leopardi E, Sorrenti S, De Antoni E, Catania A, Alagaratnam S, 'Internet-based versus traditional teaching and learning methods', Clinical Teacher, 11 449-453 (2014)

Background: The rapid and dramatic incursion of the Internet and social networks in everyday life has revolutionised the methods of exchanging data. Web¿2.0 represents the evoluti... [more]

Background: The rapid and dramatic incursion of the Internet and social networks in everyday life has revolutionised the methods of exchanging data. Web¿2.0 represents the evolution of the Internet as we know it. Internet users are no longer passive receivers, and actively participate in the delivery of information. Medical education cannot evade this process. Increasingly, students are using tablets and smartphones to instantly retrieve medical information on the web or are exchanging materials on their Facebook pages. Medical educators cannot ignore this continuing revolution, and therefore the traditional academic schedules and didactic schemes should be questioned. Analysing opinions collected from medical students regarding old and new teaching methods and tools has become mandatory, with a view towards renovating the process of medical education. Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was created with Google® docs and administrated to all students of our medical school. Students were asked to express their opinion on their favourite teaching methods, learning tools, Internet websites and Internet delivery devices. Data analysis was performed using spss. Results: The online survey was completed by 368 students. Although textbooks remain a cornerstone for training, students also identified Internet websites, multimedia non-online material, such as the Encyclopaedia on CD-ROM, and other non-online computer resources as being useful. Discussion: The Internet represented an important aid to support students' learning needs, but textbooks are still their resource of choice. Among the websites noted, Google and Wikipedia significantly surpassed the peer-reviewed medical databases, and access to the Internet was primarily through personal computers in preference to other Internet access devices, such as mobile phones and tablet computers.

DOI 10.1111/tct.12191
Citations Scopus - 22
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Dr Eleonora Leopardi

Position

Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email eleonora.leopardi@newcastle.edu.au
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room BB103-A
Building Bowman Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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