Dr Nana Sartania
- Senior Lecturer (Medicine)
School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, Undergraduate Medical School, Room 407, Wolfson Medical School Building, Gilmorehill Campus, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Over the two decades at the University of Glasgow I have evolved from a postdoctoral researcher in Molecular Pharmacology into a Medical educator with particular interest in undergraduate selection and curriculum design/development. My main research interests are concerned with the predictive validity of the admissions criteria we use at the Medical School and how the use of contextual data in the admissions process impact on our efforts to widen access to the medical education locally.
I gained my PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology for the study of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), specifically dopamine and opiate receptors, and published original research articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topic.
I have held previous research positions at the University of Kent, the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Physiology of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. I was fortunate to be awarded prestigious fellowships from UNESCO, EMBO and the Wellcome Trust to pursue my postgraduate studies, and later my postdoctoral research.
As a senior academic in the medical school my substantial contribution is in teaching provision and assessment (first three years of UG study), combined with organisational roles including MBChB Y3 course co-director, deputy director of admissions and Transition co-ordinator for the direct entry students from St Andrews, IMU in Malaysia and Brunei Medical School in Darussalam.
I have been involved in outreach work with applicants from lower socio-economic background since REACH inception in 2010 for which I have been awarded Medical Directorate Award from NES (NHS Education Scotland) in the category Excellence in Transition. More recently I have organised a large-scale event to help early secondary school pupils residing in SIMD20 postcodes access information regarding professional studies.
I am a member of the INReSH (International Network for Researchers in Selection into Healthcare), ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education), Medical Schools’ Widening Participation Forum and the Medical Schools Council's Selection Alliance and its board.