Dr Janina Iwaszko


Principal Lecturer and Medical Director of Physician Associate MSc

Department of Paramedic Science and Physician Associate

Contact Details

email: j.iwaszko@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542697

Janina has a background in scientific research with a PhD in Medical Biophysics. Then followed several busy years as a Head of Department for Science at Manchester Adult Education College. She qualified in medicine in 1991 and worked for several years in emergency and adult medicine before specialising in Medical Education. She continued to work both clinically and in medical education, most recently in Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow and Clinical Lead for Acute Medical Simulation. She achieved her Masters in Medical Education in 2014.

Janina first taught PA's in 2008, and soon realised what a major positive impact this new profession was going to have on the NHS and joined the University of Worcester as a senior lecturer and MSc dissertation lead for the PA Masters course. She became a Principal Lecturer in Medical Education in 2017 and continues with her research, which includes the early acquisition of clinical competence, clinical reasoning, improving patient safety and use of simulation in clinical training. She also works clinically, part-time, with an Honorary Contract for Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Geology University of Manchester
  • MSc Radiation Health and Safety Salford University
  • PhD Medical Biophysics: Late Effects of Neutron Radiation on Differentiating Cell Populations University of Manchester
  • MBChB Medicine University of Manchester
  • MMedEd Medical Education Warwick University



Teaching and Research


  • Clinical Simulation and Clinical Reasoning
  • ECGs in Clinical Practice
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Women and Children’s Health 
  • Dissertation Supervisor


  • Curriculum improvement in clinical Education
  • Use of simulation in clinical training
  • Early acquisition of clinical competence
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Improving patient safety

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • General Medical Council – Full Registration since 1991
  • FHEA – since 2012

Recent Conferences

  • AMEE  - Academy of Medical Education of Europe
  • August 2018 AMEE Conference Basel - Training Clinical Teachers with Video Recall
  • August 2017 AMEE Conference Helsinki - Transitions in Care
  • September 2017 Royal College of Physicians - PA Conference, Birmingham Assessing the Seriously Ill Patient
  • May 2016 The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia ‘Patient-Worthy Medicine Conference’
  • Two presentations: Understanding measurements of risk in Medical research papers, Understanding Randomised control trials
  • August 2016 AMEE Barcelona - Students with Disability in Medical Education
  • August 2014 AMEE Milan - Use of Simulation in Trauma Training
  • August 2013 AMEE Prague - Acquisition of Clinical Competence
  • August 2012 AMEE Lyon - Interprofessional Simulation  
  • August 2011 AMEE Vienna - Simulation as a Teaching Method  

External Roles

  • Royal College of Physicians UK Clinical Lead for Physician Associate National Exam from 2019
  • External Examiner PA Course, University of West of England, 2016 to present
  • External Examiner Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin PA Programme 2016- 2019