Dr Andrew Papanikitas qualified as a general practitioner (MRCGP) in 2008. He holds degrees in medicine, the History of Medicine, and Medical Law & Ethics, as well as postgraduate diplomas in history, philosophy and child health. He is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
He is passionate about medical education both for medical students and for qualified doctors. In 2015-16 he was shortlisted in both ‘Outstanding Tutor’ and ‘Outstanding Supervisor’ categories in the OUSU teaching awards. He is one of the founding members of the Royal Society of Medicine Student Members’ Group, has served on the Trainees Section, and in 2007 won a RSM Glaxo-Smithkline Fellowship. He is currently on the council of the RSM GP and Primary Healthcare Section and was President of the RSM Open Section from 2012-15. He currently serves as a co-opted observer on the Royal College of General Practitioners’ ethics committee. He has been ethics editor for the London Journal of Primary Care and peer-reviews for the Journal of Medical Ethics, The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Student BMJ. He has written several books and chapters themes relating to both clinical examinations and to medical ethics, including the ‘Crash course in medical ethics and sociology‘.
Dr Papanikitas provides tutorials in medical ethics, law and professionalism and clinical communication skills. He also has experience with small group seminars and larger lectures.
He has taught and facilitated medical ethics and law as well as inter-professional and clinical communication skills at King’s College London (KCL) where he was a medical admissions interviewer and OSCE examiner 2010-2013. From 2010-2015 he has co-led a module on ethics law and professionalism for the KCL Dept. of Primary Healthcare, He now co-convenes the Ethics for the Biosciences course at Oxford and lectures on a variety of other courses. He is a tutor for the Medical School Clinical Communication Skills programme and the 5th Year General Practice seminars. He also teaches students in the general practice clinical setting
Dr Papanikitas’ interests lie in healthcare ethics (with a special focus on the primary healthcare context), and undergraduate and postgraduate education (with special foci on primary healthcare, medical ethics and clinical communication). His PhD thesis, “From the classroom to the clinic: ethics education and general practice” is a qualitative study with a purposive sample of UK GPs. In the thesis he argues that issues that arise in practice (e.g. through the experience of emotional discomfort or conflicts of needs and perspectives) are not necessarily those that come ‘pre-identified’ as ethical issues in education. An awareness of the ethical traditions and frameworks that underlie evidence-based medicine, public health, and concepts of community and solidarity, may help GPs to understand their wider duties and the challenge of reconciling these with person-centred practice.
Dr Papanikitas also involved as a founding partner in The Healthcare Values Partnership which is led by Professor Joshua Hordern and as a co-convenor of the TORCH medical humanities programme
In January 2014 he was appointed director for the Society of Apothecaries’ Diploma Course in philosophy and ethics of healthcare, one of the oldest course of its kind in the UK, and an approved self-selected component for KCL and St Georges’ medical schools. All medical students are eligible to enter the course and examination.