Dr Al Dowie
- Senior Lecturer (Medicine)
- Associate (Institute of Health & Wellbeing)
Dr Al Dowie is the Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law in the Medical School, the Dental School, and the Nursing and Health Care School. He is the lead author of the Association for Medical Education in Europe Curriculum Guide No.53: Ethics and Law in the Medical Curriculum.
In 2006, at an inter-institutional level under the auspices of the Scottish Deans Medical Education Group and with the sponsorship of the Higher Education Academy, he formed an innovative network for the ethics curriculum theme leaders from the medical schools of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, and St Andrews.
He has served as a Trustee and Board Member of the UK Institute of Medical Ethics, and as a member of the IME Education Group. His activity at national level also includes the Dental Ethics Group of curriculum leads from UK dental schools.
He has postgraduate roles in the MRCP(UK) PACES exam and Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery courses for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and is a member of the task group created by the General Medical Council to draft its new guidance on confidentiality for doctors.
His PhD in qualitative empirical research takes a social anthropological approach to the interpretation of organisational culture and is a study on the social construction of ethical practice. The ethnography was published in 2002. His current empirical work is a psychogeography of the educational experiences of medical students in a teaching hospital.
His philosophical interests are in (a) David Hume and moral motivation, and (b) Hans-Georg Gadamer and interpretation theory, and he is a member of the international Hermeneutica Scotia group associated with the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee.
Dr Dowie is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and is the Associate Editor for History and Medical Humanities of the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Medical ethics education: medical professionalism, practical reason (phronesis), and how these relate to identities, values, and society
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Scottish medical schools - online community of practice for medical ethics teachers
Higher Education Academy
2007 - 2012