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Dr Bethany Davies

Dr Bethany Davies

Dr Bethany Davies (MBBS, MD, MSc, FRCPath, MRCP, FHEA, PGCertMedEd)

Senior Lecturer in Infection
T: +44 (0)1273 872700
Location: Ground Floor, BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in infection; medical education

Research areas: mobile technology in medical education; ethnography in hospital medicine 

Other faculty positions: module 402 lead; teaching lead for infection; academic lead for the e-portfolio; module lead for MSc Internal Medicine Infection module.



Dr Bethany Davies's undergraduate medical training was at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and University College London. She studied pathology for her 3rd year, when she started to discover her interest in bacteria and parasites. Post-qualification, she worked at a number of hospitals in central London, working out that she was a medic at heart, and a medic that liked infections at that.

Dr Davies moved to Brighton half way through her specialist training in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology; here she gained the opportunity to explore her interest in teaching through a clinical teaching fellow post at BSMS. This afforded her a wealth of experience in both teaching and qualitative research, and was the springboard to her current work. She completed her specialist training in 2017, and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Infection at BSMS, with an honorary consultant position in Infectious Diseases at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. This is currently at LTFT. 


Dr Davies was first involved with the MoMEd project at BSMS, exploring how mobile resources enable learning in a clinical setting. She then conducted an ethnographic case study of the use of mobile phones in healthcare practices, using a sociomaterial approach and thematic analysis.



Dr Davies teaches throughout the BSMS undergraduate programme, delivering the vertical infection theme. One of the highlights is the microbiology wet lab practical in module 102, but she enjoys small and large group teaching across the years.  As undergraduate teaching lead for infection, she intends to ensure that the infection theme is well structured, well delivered and fit for purpose. She also teaches the physician associates and teach at post-graduate level, as well as contributing to the RCP exam question writing for part 1 and 2. Her interest in medical education has led to an HEA fellowship (D2) as well as ongoing participation in delivering the BSMS teaching in medical education course. 

Selected publications

Editor of: Comprehensive Review of Infectious Diseases. Spec, Escota, Chrisler and Davies (Eds). Elsevier. 2018.

Associate Editor of: Infectious Diseases 4e, Cohen J, Powderly WG, Opal SM (Eds). 2016

Davies B. Central Nervous System Infections. In: Comprehensive Review of Infectious Diseases. Spec, Escota, Chrisler and Davies (Eds). Elsevier. 2018.

Davies B and Bootland D. Infectious Diseases in: Mastering Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide for MCEM (Mastering Series), Trivedy C and Parfitt A, Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd; 1 edition (1 April 2009)

Shenouda, John E A, Davies, Bethany and Haq, Inam (2018) The role of the smartphone in the transition from medical student to foundation trainee: a qualitative interview and focus group study. BMC Medical Education, 18 (175). ISSN 1472-6920

Davies, Bethany S, Rafique, Jethin, Vincent, Timothy R, Fairclough, Jil, Packer, Mark H, Vincent, Richard and Haq, Inam(2012) Mobile Medical Education (MoMEd) - how mobile information resources contribute to learning for undergraduate clinical students - a mixed methods study. BMC Medical Education, 12 (1). ISSN 1472-6920

Davies, Bethany and Cohen, Jonathan (2011) Endotoxin removal devices for the treatment of sepsis and septic shock. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 11 (1). pp. 65-71. ISSN 1473-3099 Item not available from this repository.

Otter JA, Davies B, Menson E, Klein JL, Watts T, Kearns AM, Pichon B, Edgeworth JD, French GL. Identification and control of a gentamicin-resistant, meticillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus outbreak on a neonatal unit. J Infect Prev 2014; 15:104

Davies BS, Roberts CH, Kaul S, Klein JL, Milburn HJ. Non-tuberculous slow-growing mycobacterial pulmonary infections in non-HIV-infected individuals in south London. Scand J Infect Dis 2012; 44(11):815-9