In 2006, recognising that she had developed a skill set which could broaden her contribution to medicine and to University College London, she made a specific and positive decision that the latter part of her career would concentrate on medical education: undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development.
Since 2007 Professor McEwan’s main academic interest has been the delivery and development of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.
From October-December 2012 Jean was Interim Dean for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London School of Life and Medical Sciences.
Having been Academic Lead for Year 4 and 5 of the MBBS programme, Jean became Academic Lead for Year 4 of the UCL Medical School MBBS 2012 new curriculum. As Chair of the UCL MBBS Educational Facilities and Resources Committee she was responsible for ensuring timely and appropriate upgrades and refurbishments of teaching resources, including library facilities.
Jean was a member of the UCL Partners Education Sub Committee which preceded establishment of the North Central and East London (NCEL) Local Education and Training Board (LETB) of which she was also a member until her move to Exeter in April 2014. This Board directs multi-professional health education and training in one of the largest areas of the UK.
Since appointment at The University of Exeter Medical School, Jean has been appointed to the Health Education England South, Local Education and Training Board and contributes to several governance and planning committees associated with it in the South West of England.
Jean participated in the Harvard Macy course ‘Leading Innovation in Healthcare and Education’, directed by Professors Clayton Christensen and Elizabeth Armstrong in 2009, and has since returned to Boston to participate as a facilitator.