Silas Taylor

Convener of Clinical Skills
Associate Professor

I am a skilled, multiple award-winning teacher, including of the Vice Chancellors award (2017). My expertise is in Clinical Skills teaching and I have considerable experience in, and enthusiasm for, simulation-based medical education. As a medical educator, my research focuses on my teaching practice.

As a curriculum designer, I have successfully implemented a volunteer Simulated Patient Program (SPP) into the UNSW Medicine curriculum, as well as the technologically and educationally innovative Online Simulated Patient Interaction and Assessment (OSPIA) online platform. My research has shown that introduction of the SPP led to a significant improvement in student OSCE scores in our program across all skills domains. Similarly, OSPIA has been demonstrated to lead to significant improvements in students’ communication skills.

In 2017, I led the development of the Clinical Workplace-based Assessment application. CWAapp is now being used by students for all assessments in the clinical setting and to record clinical encounters and log competence in clinical skills and procedures. This powerful record will benefit students, tutors and administrators as well as improve academic oversight and quality assurance for the medical program. Furthermore, it will provide considerable data for research.

I welcome the opportunity to work with those who wish to work in the field of medical education research.

Journal articles
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Liu C; Lim R; Taylor S; Calvo RA, 2019, 'Students’ behavioural engagement in reviewing their tele-consultation feedback within an online clinical communication skills platform', Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 94, pp. 35 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.01.002
2019
Dubbai H; Adelstein BA; Taylor S; Shulruf B, 2019, 'Definition of professionalism and tools for assessing professionalism in pharmacy practice: A systemic review', Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions, vol. 16, pp. 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2019.16.22
2019
Shulruf B; Velan G; Forster L; O'Sullivan A; Harris P; Taylor S, 2019, 'Insights into student assessment outcomes in rural clinical campuses', BMC Medical Education, vol. 19, pp. 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1828-z
2019
Taylor S; Haywood M; Shulruf B, 2019, 'Comparison of the effects of simulated patient clinical skill training and student roleplay on objective structured clinical examination performance among medical students in Australia', Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions, vol. 16, pp. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2019.16.3
2019
Shulruf B; Damodaran A; Jones P; Kennedy S; Mangos G; O'Sullivan AJ; Rhee J; Taylor S; Velan G; Harris P, 2018, 'Enhancing the defensibility of examiners' marks in high stake OSCEs', BMC medical education, vol. 18, pp. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-017-1112-z
2018
Taylor S; Bobba S; Roome S; Ahmadzai M; Tran D; Vickers D; Bhatti M; De Silva D; Dunstan L; Falconer R; Kaur H; Kitson J; Patel J; Shulruf B, 2018, 'Simulated patient and role play methodologies for communication skills training in an undergraduate medical program: Randomized, crossover trial', Education for Health: Change in Learning and Practice, vol. 31, pp. 10 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/1357-6283.239040
2018
Chong L; Taylor S; Haywood M; Adelstein BA; Shulruf B, 2018, 'Examiner seniority and experience are associated with bias when scoring communication, but not examination, skills in objective structured clinical examinations in Australia', Journal of educational evaluation for health professions, vol. 15, pp. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2018.15.17
2018
Shulruf B; Adelstein BA; Damodaran A; Harris P; Kennedy S; O'Sullivan A; Taylor S, 2018, 'Borderline grades in high stakes clinical examinations: Resolving examiner uncertainty', BMC Medical Education, vol. 18, pp. 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-018-1382-0
2018
Chong L; Taylor S; Haywood M; Adelstein BA; Shulruf B, 2017, 'The sights and insights of examiners in objective structured clinical examinations', Journal of educational evaluation for health professions, vol. 14, pp. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2017.14.34
2017
Liu C; Lim RL; McCabe KL; Taylor S; Calvo RA, 2016, 'A web-based telehealth training platform incorporating automated nonverbal behavior feedback for teaching communication skills to medical students: A randomized crossover study', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/jmir.6299
2016
Liu C; Scott KM; Lim RL; Taylor S; Calvo RA, 2016, 'EQClinic: A platform for learning communication skills in clinical consultations', Medical Education Online, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/meo.v21.31801
2016
Taylor S; Shulruf B, 2016, 'Australian medical students have fewer opportunities to do physical examination of peers of the opposite gender', Journal of educational evaluation for health professions, vol. 13, pp. 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2016.13.42
2016
Liu C; Scott KM; Lim RL; Taylor S; Calvo RA, 2016, 'EQClinic: a platform for learning communication skills in clinical consultations.', Med Educ Online, vol. 21, pp. 31801, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/meo.v21.31801
2016
Liu C; Calvo RA; Lim R, 2016, 'Improving Medical Students’ Awareness of Their Non-Verbal Communication through Automated Non-Verbal Behavior Feedback', Frontiers in ICT, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fict.2016.00011
2016
Kim JY; Liu C; Calvo RA; McCabe K; Taylor SCR; Schuller BW; Wu K, 'A Comparison of Online Automatic Speech Recognition Systems and the Nonverbal Responses to Unintelligible Speech', , http://arxiv.org/abs/1904.12403v1
Conference Papers
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Wu K; Liu C; Taylor S; Atkins PWB; Calvo RA, 2018, 'Automatic mimicry detection in medical consultations', in 2017 IEEE Life Sciences Conference, LSC 2017, pp. 55 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LSC.2017.8268142
2018
Liu C; Calvo RA; Lim R; Taylor S, 2016, 'EQClinic: A platform for improving medical students’ clinical communication skills', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 73 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48335-1_8
2016

2017 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (General category)

2016 Asia-Pacific Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, Technical Innovation prize

2016 Faculty Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

2015 UNSW Staff Excellence Awards – Excellence in Community Engagement (Highly commended)

2014 Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2013 UNSW Staff Excellence Awards – Nominated for Excellence in Community Engagement (Individual)

I have been successful with a variety of teaching grants, which subsequently allow research opportunities:

  1. Development of a Simulated Patient Program for Clinical Skills teaching in Phase 1 of the UNSW Medicine program. Awarded by Health Workforce Australia – Quality Clinical Training, July 2014. Amount: $100, 207
  2. Online simulated patient (SP) service for clinical communication skills training and assessment using an internet-based video-telephony service. Awarded by Department of Health, May 2015. Amount: $75,000
  3. An application to facilitate mobile clinical Workplace-Based Assessments (CWAapp). Awarded by UNSW Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education). June 2017. Amount: $45,000
  4. Peer physical examination – pedagogical research award. Awarded by UNSW Learning and Teaching Unit. Oct 2011. Amount: $10,000

Communication skills, especially teaching these skills to undergraduate medical students, including by using technology.