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Dr Muna Al-Jawad

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Dr Muna Al-Jawad (MBBS FRCP MA)

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education
Location: Southpoint, 7 Paston Place, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1HA

Areas of expertise: Curriculum development, practitioner experience and identity, decolonising the curriculum

Research areas: Comics-based research, creative research methods, healthcare humanities

Other relevant positions: Lead for Curriculum Development BMBS course, Lead for Inclusive Practice Partners, Lead for TIME course (for teachers on BMBS course)



Muna Al-Jawad is a consultant geriatrician in Brighton, she works in multidisciplinary teams looking after older people in hospital. In 2010 she started drawing comics as part of a Masters in clinical education, and her superhero alter-ego "Old Person Whisperer" was born. She uses comics in her practice as a medical teacher and in her research. She is part of the graphic medicine community and has co-hosted the International Graphic Medicine Conference in Brighton in 2013 and 2019. You can find some of her work on her Wordpress website.  


Muna is interested in exploring practitioner and student experience, from identity to power relations, in medical education. She uses creative and participatory methods, particularly using comics-based research as a way to understand and analyse qualitative data. Muna is part of the University of Brighton Centre for Arts and Wellbeing. Muna supervises research at all levels from undergraduate IRPs to MD. Listen to this podcast from 2022 hosted by Dieter DeClerq and Ian Sabroe where she talks about her work.



Muna is responsible for leading the curriculum development group, which encompasses changing and improving teaching and learning across the BMBS course. Muna is lead for the personal and professional development module, which spans the whole five year course. She is also co-designer and lead for F0- Preparation for Foundation Programme in year 5. Muna leads the TIME course (teaching and innovation in medical education) for all teachers of undergraduate medical students at BSMS.

Selected publications 

A Foreshew and M Al-Jawad 2022 Medical Education. An intersectional participatory action research approach to explore and address class elitism in medical education

M Al-Jawad, J Connor, P O’Sullivan 2020 International Practice Development Journal. Journal/Vol10No2/IPDJ1002006.pdf Exploring how Small Acts of Friendship encourage human flourishing on medical wards for older people

M Al-Jawad and MK Czerwiec 2019 Chapter in: Research Methods in the Health Humanities. Edited by Craig M. Klugman and Erin G. Lamb . Oxford University Press Comics as a research method in the health humanities

S Idelji-Tehrani and M Al-Jawad 2018 BMJ: Medical Humanities. 011517 Exploring gendered leadership stereotypes in a shared leadership model in healthcare: a case

M Al-Jawad, R Winter, E Jones 2017 British Medical Journal 359:j4527 Communicating with Relatives

M Al-Jawad 2017 Chapter in: Treating Body and Soul: A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Needs of their Patients. Edited by Peter Wells. Jessica Kingsley Dementia: How the Humanities Can Help Us Confront the Demons of Practice

M Al-Jawad 2015 Journal of Medical Humanities 36(4) 369-374 Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice

M Al-Jawad and L Frost 2014 International Practice Development Journal 4(2):6 Creating and Analysing Practitioner Comics to Develop a Meaningful Ward Manifesto for a New Dementia Care Unit

Visit Muna's wordpress site >