Dr Ruth Cruickshank

Dr Ruth Cruickshank
Senior Teaching Fellow and ProDean (undergraduate studies)

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with MBChB, I gained full medical registration before pursuing a career in anaesthesia. I undertook most of my post graduate training in Glasgow, passing my FRCA in 1990. I currently have a clinical commitment with Fife Acute Hospitals Trust of 2 days each week focused on providing anaesthesia for patients having trauma or dental surgery.

School Roles:

  • Pro Dean (student support undergraduate)
  • Senior Clinical Teacher
  • School of Medicine Management Group
  • Faculty Executive Group
  • Joint lead Personal Tutor Scheme

Responsibilities of the Pro Dean of Medicine include oversight, on behalf of the Dean, of academic and pastoral affairs of undergraduate students in the Faculty, including advising; status changes, such as leave of absence; termination of studies; handling of appeals, and corresponding with Local Education Authorities and other external bodies concerning student matters.

As Senior Clinical Teacher I liaise with clinicians in Fife Acute Hospitals to organise short clinical attachments for third year students. In addition I teach Clinical Medicine to students in all 3 years of our curriculum. Initially I teach 1st year students introducing clinical methods within the security of the School environment. As students progress through 2nd and 3rd years I move with them within the Fife Acute Hospitals to teach at the bedside. I very much enjoy seeing the students progress and gain confidence in their clinical skills and knowledge.


I am a member of the School medical education research group and each year supervise students researching their Honours project in the area of medical education. I am currently looking at strategies to enhance student support systems for undergraduate medical students.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
8  (of 8 published available) for rc24. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Professional behaviour: “I know it when I see it” James Fortune Aiton, Julie Struthers, Ruth Cruickshank,
 2012 pp.218
Carrot or Stick? Medical professionalism education and students perceptions Vitor Fialho Lopes, Ruth Cruickshank, Anita Helen Laidlaw
Association of Young Scientists and Clinicians Journal 2010 vol.1 pp.20 - 26
Yellow card: one year on Ruth Cruickshank, Veronica O'Carroll, Anita Helen Laidlaw, Predrag Bjelogrlic
Introducing a Medical Education Module for Medical Students Julie Struthers, Ruth Cruickshank
Professionalism in medical undergraduates Vitor Lopes, Julie Struthers, Ruth Cruickshank
Yellow Card System – Professional Attitudes and Behaviour Predrag Bjelogrlic, Ruth Cruickshank, Veronica O'Carroll, Anita Helen Laidlaw
Using Mind Maps as a tool to Enhance Group Work Julie Struthers, Predrag Bjelogrlic, Maureen Elizabeth Crosby, Ruth Cruickshank, Susan Challoner Whiten, James Fortune Aiton