Chinthaka Balasooriya

Director of Medical Education Development, SPHCM

Dr Chinthaka Balasooriya is a nationally recognised expert in Medical Education. He currently leads a range of research projects in medical education, based within the UNSW Medicine program and within the General Practice training program. He recently led a research project funded by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, which aims to enhance the development of clinical reasoning skills in GP trainees and enhance the use of clinical guidelines. He also supervises research into contextual influences on clinical-decision making, the development and evaluation of educational strategies to enhance clinicians’ decision-making skills, and the design and evaluation of educational instruments to develop collaborative learning and clinical collaborative competencies. In addition to his research activities, he has made a high quality contribution to the design and implementation of the UNSW Medicine program over the last 15 years.

Dr Balasooriya also has expertise in the area of Students’ Approaches to Learning. Research projects in this area explore ways to optimise the impact of educational innovations, by promoting deeper approaches to learning across students with varying learning preferences. He has a particular interest in developing more effective methods to evaluate the impact of educational innovations.

Dr Balasooriya’s expertise in Medical Education has been recognised by a range of university and national level wards. These include the Faculty of Medicine Teaching Excellence award (2008), a Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (2012), and an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (2011).

Broad Research Areas  
Medical Education
   
Specific Research Keywords    

Clinical decision making

Clinical reasoning

Guideline Enhancement Tool

Clinical Collaborative competencies

TMEX

Students' Approaches to Learning

Cross-over phenomenon

Collaborative Learning

Curriculum Design

Deep Learning

 

Current Faculty of Medicine profile available at: http://med.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-chinthaka-balasooriya

View UNSW TV Videos

Journal articles
add
Pervaz Iqbal M; Velan GM; O'Sullivan AJ; Balasooriya C, 2018, 'Prioritising the key behaviours that enhance the quality of collaborative learning by medical students: A modified Delphi study', FOCUS ON HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: A MULTI-PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL, vol. 19, pp. 18 - 35
2018
Shamim MS; Baig L; Torda A; Balasooriya C, 2018, 'Culture and ethics in medical education: The Asian perspective', Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, vol. 68, pp. 444 - 446
2018
Chunming WM; Harrison R; MacIntyre R; Travaglia J; Balasooriya C, 2017, 'Burnout in medical students: A systematic review of experiences in Chinese medical schools', BMC Medical Education, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-017-1064-3
2017
Balasooriya C; Olupeliyawa A; Iqbal MP, 2016, 'Innovative Assessment That Combines Collaborative and Self-Directed Learning With Integration and Application of Knowledge: Teamwork Group Projects.', MedEdPORTAL, vol. 12, pp. 10452, http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10452
2016
Iqbal M; Velan GM; O'Sullivan AJ; Balasooriya C, 2016, 'Differential impact of student behaviours on group interaction and collaborative learning: Medical students' and tutors' perspectives', BMC Medical Education, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-016-0730-1
2016
Olupeliyawa A; Balasooriya C, 2015, 'The impact of programmatic assessment on student learning: What can the students tell us?', Medical Education, vol. 49, pp. 453 - 456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/medu.12730
2015
Balasooriya C; Rhee J; Shulruf B; Canalese R; Zwar N, 2015, 'Evaluating the Guideline Enhancement Tool (GET): An innovative clinical training tool to enhance the use of hypertension guidelines in general practice', BMC Medical Education, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-014-0273-2
2015
Olupeliyawa A; Balasooriya C; Hughes C; O'Sullivan A, 2014, 'Educational impact of an assessment of medical students' collaboration in health care teams', Medical Education, vol. 48, pp. 146 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/medu.12318
2014
Olupeliyawa AM; O'Sullivan AJ; Hughes C; Balasooriya CD, 2014, 'The Teamwork Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (T-MEX): A workplace-based assessment focusing on collaborative competencies in health care', Academic Medicine, vol. 89, pp. 359 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000115
2014
Pervaz Iqbal M; O'Sullivan AJ; Velan GM; Balasooriya C, 2014, 'Are we seeing the full picture of peer-assessment in medical education?', Medical Teacher, vol. 36, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2014.940880
2014
Balasooriya C; Olupeliyawa A; Iqbal M; Lawley C; Cohn A; Ma D; Luu Q, 2013, 'A student-led process to enhance the learning and teaching of teamwork skills in medicine.', Education for health (Abingdon, England), vol. 26, pp. 78 - 84
2013
Balasooriya C; Olupeliyawa A; Pervaz Iqbal M; Lawley C; Cohn A; Ma D; Luu Q, 2013, 'A student-led process to enhance the learning and teaching of teamwork skills in medicine', Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, vol. 26, pp. 78 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/1357-6283.120698
2013
Olupeliyawa A; Balasooriya CD; Hughes C; O Sullivan AJ, 2013, 'Transition to Clinical Practice as a Medical Graduate;What Collaborative Competencies and Behaviours are Critical?', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 14, pp. 57 - 70, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=344097636240055;res=IELAPA
2013
O Sullivan AJ; Harris P; Hughes CS; Toohey SM; Balasooriya CD; Velan GM; Kumar RK; McNeil HP, 2012, 'Linking assessment to undergraduate student capabilities through portfolio examination', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 37, pp. 379 - 391, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2010.534766
2012
Balasooriya CD; Tetik C; Harris P, 2011, 'Why is my design not working? The role of student factors', Research Papers In Education, vol. 26, pp. 191 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2011.561978
2011
Almeidaa PA; Teixeira-Dias JJ; Martinho M; Balasooriya CD, 2011, 'The interplay between students' perceptions of context and approaches to learning', Research Papers In Education, vol. 26, pp. 149 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2011.561975
2011
Albergaria-Almeida P; Teixeira-Dias J; Martinho M; Balasooriya CD, 2010, 'Kolb`s learning styles and approaches to learning: The case of chemistry undergraduates with better grades', International Journal of Knowledge Society Research, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 16, http://www.igi-global.com/bookstore/article.aspx?TitleId=46643
2010
Balasooriya CD; Di CSK; Hawkins NJ, 2010, 'The facilitation of collaborative learning; what works?', Higher Education Management and Policy, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 14
2010
Balasooriya CD; Toohey SM; Hughes CS, 2009, 'The cross-over phenomenon: unexpected patterns of change in students' approaches to learning', Studies in Higher Education, vol. 34, pp. 781 - 794, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075070802699188
2009
Olupeliyawa A; Hughes CS; Balasooriya CD, 2009, 'A review of the literature on teamwork competencies in healthcare practice and training: implications for undergraduate medical education', Asian Biomedicine, vol. 3, pp. 61 - 72, http://www.md.chula.ac.th/jmet/index.html
2009
Balasooriya CD; Hughes CS; Toohey SM, 2009, 'Impact of a new integrated medicine program on students` approaches to learning', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 28, pp. 289 - 302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360902839891
2009
Koritschoner EE; Balasooriya CD; Bloomfield L, 2009, 'Clinical skills centres do not have to cost an arm and a leg', Medical Teacher, vol. 31, pp. 873 - 874, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01421590903287729
2009
Balasooriya CD; Toohey SM; Hughes CS, 2005, 'What do deep and surface approaches to learning mean for medical students and medical education?', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 6, pp. 29 - 42
2005
Senanayake MP; Ranasinghe A; Balasuriya C, 1998, 'Street children--a preliminary study.', The Ceylon medical journal, vol. 43, pp. 191 - 193
1998
Conference Posters
add
Balasooriya C; Rhee J; Olupeliyawa A; Zwar N; Shulruf B; Canalese R; Jabbour V, 2016, 'The experience of using the Scrip Concordance Test in educational research.', Perth, Australia, presented at ANZAHPE - OTTAWA 2016 Joint Conference, Perth, Australia, 19 March 2016 - 23 March 2016, https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/363deb_3fc11e0e465046a0a2339f92f7a78993.pdf
2016
Torda AJ; balasooriya ; shamim , 2016, 'Ethics in Undergraduate Medical Education: a scoping review', Barcelona, presented at Annual meeting of the Association for Medical Education, Barcelona, 27 August 2016 - 31 August 2016, https://amee.org/getattachment/Conferences/AMEE-Past-Conferences/AMEE-2016/1-AMEE-2016-Abstract-Book-FULL-BOOK-UPDATED-Online-POST-CONFERENCE.pdf
2016
Conference Abstracts
add
Ashraf MM; Hinchcliff R; Agaliotis M; Narasimhan P; Pardosi J; Asante A; Harrison R; Heslop D; Meyer L; Balasooriya C, 2016, 'The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Health Management education: a global perspective', in The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Health Management education: a global perspective, 10th annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program Workshop, Sydney, presented at 10th annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program Workshop, Sydney, 28 October 2016 - 01 October 2016
2016
Conference Papers
add
Pervaz Iqbal M; Balasooriya ; O'Sullivan, Anthony ; Velan, Gary M, 2015, 'The Collaborative Learning Development Exercise (CLeD-EX) tool: A Preliminary Investigation', in The Collaborative Learning Development Exercise (CLeD-EX) tool: A Preliminary Investigation, An International Association for Medical Education (AMEE), Glasgow, Scotland, presented at An International Association for Medical Education (AMEE), Glasgow, Scotland, 05 September 2018 - 09 September 2015
2015
Lo WW; Rhee J; Challinor K; Zwar N; Balasooriya C; Damadoran A; Bhalla S; Thompson R; Vuong K, 2015, 'Don’t BLAST your medical students! Teaching clinical supervisors how to support students experiencing difficulties', in Don’t BLAST your medical students! Teaching clinical supervisors how to support students experiencing difficulties, Australasian Doctors Health Conference, Melbourne, presented at Australasian Doctors Health Conference, Melbourne, 22 October 2015 - 25 October 2015, http://www.adhc2015.org.au/Winston%20Lo%20-%20Don't%20Blast%20your%20Medical%20Students.pdf
2015
Pervaz Iqbal M; Balasooriya C; O'Sullivan AJ; Velan GM, 2014, 'Identifying the critical and important collaborative competencies that relate to effective collaborative learning environments in medicine', in ANZAHPE 2014 CONFERENCE - CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND PROGRAMME. Gold Coast, Australia: ANZAHPE, ANZAHPE, Griffith University, pp. 275 - 275, presented at ANZAHPE 2014, Griffith University, 07 July 2014 - 10 July 2014, http://media.wix.com/ugd/363deb_f855cffe2d5243bb9012cf92abef7c7d.pdf
2014
Albergaria-Almeida P; Teixeira-Dias J; Martinho M; Balasooriya CD, 2010, 'Approaches to learning and Kolb`s learning styles of undergraduates with better grades', in Third World Summit on the Knowledge Society, Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 316 - 321, presented at Knowledge Management, Information Systems, E-Learning, and Sustainability Research, Corfu, Greece, 22 September 2010 - 24 September 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16318-0_35
2010
Balasooriya CD; Tetik C; Harris PG, 2010, 'New insights into the context-dependent nature of learning', in Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the European Learning Styles Information Network, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, pp. 50 - 58, presented at Exploring styles to enhance learning and teaching in diverse contexts, Portugal, 28 June 2010 - 30 June 2010, http://www.elsin2010.com/
2010
Book Chapters
add
Balasooriya C; Asante A; Jayasinha R; Razee H, 2014, 'Academic mobility & migration: Reflections of International Academics in Australia.', in Academic Mobility. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 117 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3628_2014_11
2014
Balasooriya CD, 2013, 'Why is my design not working? The role of student factors', in Evans C; Kozhevnikova M (ed.), Styles of Practice in Higher Education, Routledge
2013
Macdougall C; Ritchie JE; Rotem A; Balasooriya CD, 2003, 'Educational Options to Develop Population Health Skills in the Primary Health Care Workforce', in Thinking Populations: Population Health and the Primary Health Care Workforce, edn. 1st, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Adelaide, pp. 69 - 87
2003
Conference Presentations
add
Olupeliyawa A; Balasooriya CD; Hughes CS, 2010, 'Developing teamwork as an outcome in an outcome-based medical education program', presented at 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, Singapore, 04 February 2010 - 08 February 2010
2010
Olupeliyawa A; Balasooriya CD; Hughes CS, 2010, 'Teamwork competencies in healthcare for undergraduate medical education: understanding the context', presented at 7th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, Singapore, 04 February 2010 - 08 February 2010
2010
Balasooriya CD; Di Corpo SK; Hawlins N, 2009, 'Facilitation of small group learning: What works?', presented at OECD Quality of Teaching in Higher Education Conference, Istanbul
2009

1. Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2011

2. UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2012

3. Award for Teaching Excellence 2008 - UNSW Medicine

4. Award for all round achievement in Teaching and Research 2013 – SPHCM, UNSW

5. Award for excellence in postgraduate supervision 2015 – UNSW Postgraduate ARC

  1. Balasooriya, C., Harrison, R., Rawstorne, P., Meyer, L., Razee, H. (2017-2018). Designing, piloting and evaluating a process for formative peer-review of teaching ($45,000). UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund
  2. Velan, G., Steel, A., Lim, B., Sherry, C., Thomson, C., Balasooriya, C., . . . McIntyre, S. (2017-2018). Development and implementation of an education portfolio to evaluate excellence of teachers at UNSW ($50,000): UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund.
  3. Torda, A., Damodaran, A., Balasooriya, C., Fenton-Kerr, T., Mobbs, S., & O'Sullivan, P. A. (2018). The CLASSIE project – Clinically applicable student studies in Ethics, for Phase 3 medical students ($ 43,455): UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund.
  4. ​​​​​​​Balasooriya, C., MacIntyre, R., Travaglia, J. (2015-2016). Adapting and trialling an innovative international approach to address burnout in medical students. University of New South Wales/SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund - Seed Grant
  5. Balasooriya, C., Canalese, R., Shulruf, B., Zwar, N. (2014). Enhancing the use of Hypertension Guidelines in General Practice ($75,000). National Heart Foundation of Australia – Vanguard Grant (Category 1 - ACGR)
  6. Balasooriya, C., Olupeliyawa, A., O’Sullivan, A., Hughes, C., Rhee, J. Development of a mobile application to facilitate learning and assessment of teamwork skills in clinical settings. ($65,000). UNSW 2014 Allocation of Recurrent HWA Funding
  7. Balasooriya, C., (2012). Clinical decision making in health care settings ($5000). SPHCM Small Grant to Support the development of Category 1 Grant application
  8. Rutherford, A., Thompson, R., Balasooriya, C. (2010/2011). Enhancing the content, delivery and assessment of Graduate Capability 2 in the MBBS program ($6000): University of New South Wales Strategic Learning & Teaching Development Fund.
  9. Balasooriya, C., Taylor, S., & Koritschoner, E. (2010/2011). Assessment and development of Teamwork across all Phases of UNSW Medicine Program ($10,000): University of New South Wales Strategic Learning & Teaching Development Fund.
  10. Balasooriya, C D., Hughes, C. (2009). Assessing teamwork in undergraduate medical education to better prepare students for teamwork requirements of interns($4000): UNSW Seed Funding for ALTC Learning & Teaching Grant Applications.
  11. Harris, P., Bloomfield, L., Hughes, C., Balasooriya, C., Meyer, L. (2007). Evaluation of assessment methods and training related to curricula for postgraduate training in diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

 

Medical Education - Students' Approaches to Learning, Small Group Facilitation, Collaborative Learning, Curriculum Design and Deep Learning.