Director IMU Centre for Education International Medical University Kuala Lumpur
Ian Wilson graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide and then became a general practitioner. He has practiced in the armed services, inner city, rural and suburban practice. During his early career Ian became very interested in medical education and spent time with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training programs, initially as a medical educator and then as State Director for South Australia and the Northern Territory.
His general practice focussed on the high prevalence of mental health disorders seen in general practice and this was the focus of his PhD. He became a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide in late 1999. Ian shared his time between the Department of General Practice and the Medical Education Unit until 2005 when he left to become Professor of Medical Education at the University of Western Sydney. In this role he played a major part in the development and implementation of the medical program.
Having helped establish and run the program there, he left in mid-2012 to take up the position of Associate Dean Learning & Teaching at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. In July 2014 Ian was appointed to the position of Dean of Medicine, but returned to his substantive position in October 2016.
He retired from the University in October 2018. He will shortly take up a 12 month position as Director of the International Medical University Centre for Education.
While Ian’s research initially focussed on primary care mental health, his more recent research has focussed on medical education. His current research interests are student selection, professionalism and professional identity formation. He has had three Australian Research Council (ARC) research grants and a number of other competitive research grants. He has also been a part of teams that have been awarded large Office of Leaning and Teaching grants.