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Dr Devendra Rajwani BMBS, MSc (Oxon), BMedSci (Hons), BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Student, Clinical Training Fellow

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Devendra is a general practice trainee doctor in the Wessex Deanery and in September 2018 commenced his PhD at the University of Southampton as part of the CELS and Medical Education academic unit. He is completing his training as a general practitioner and also doing dedicated clinical research on marginalised populations specifically looking at asylum seekers and refugees.  

Prior to his career in medicine, he trained as a Biomedical Scientist with a special interest in bacteriology (Public Health England) and then continued into his undergraduate medical training (BM5 programme) at the University of Southampton. To expand his research skills, he intercalated to do an MSc in Radiation Biology looking at bladder cancer pathogenesis at the University of Oxford. He completed his clinical Foundation Doctor training in the Wessex Deanery (Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester) in a variety of clinical specialities including otolaryngology, gastroenterology, trauma and orthopaedics, stroke medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatry. Concurrently, his education and examination of medical students has continued since qualifying as a doctor across various aspects of the BM programme including pharmacology and clinical ethics.

Devendra has always had an interest in medical education and clinical research around marginalised populations and his postgraduate research is looking at the interactions around asylum seekers, refugees and healthcare professionals. He is planning to conduct in-depth interviews with asylum seekers and refugees on their interactions with doctors in the first phase of his study. In the second phase, he is planning to interview doctors to understand their perceptions and beliefs of asylum seekers and refugee patients. This is to understand in a conceptual model the barriers and bridges asylum seekers and refugees face in the real-life clinical setting.


BMBS, Medicine and Surgery, University of Southampton 2016

BMedSci (Hons), Medical Sciences, University of Southampton 2015

MSc (Oxon), Radiation Biology, University of Oxford 2014

BSc (First Class Hons), Biomedical Science, University of the West of England, 2010

Research interests

Refugee health, General Practice, Mental Health, Medical Education.

PhD supervision:

Associate Professor Kathleen Kendall

Associate Professor Angela Fenwick

PhD research:

“Barriers and Bridges in Refugee Health in the United Kingdom”

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research groups

Primary Care & Population Sciences, Clinical ethics and law (CELS)

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Student R, Kendall K, Day L. Being a Refugee University Student: A collaborative Auto-ethnography. Journal of Refugee Studies 2017; 30(4): 580-604.  

Does the humble podcast still have a place in modern anatomy education? S8 Can podcasts help to alleviate medical student fears of neuroanatomy? Journal of Anatomy 2014; 224: 739-759.

Trauma video learning resource – “Trauma: The clinical impact of genocide” (Medicine, University of Southampton)

Clinical Teaching Facilitator and Educator across all BM programmes.

Dr Devendra Rajwani
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number: 85/4001

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