Michelle Lazarus

Assoc Professor

  • Clayton Campus, 10 Chancellors Walk

    3800 Clayton


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Personal profile


Having begun my career as a cell biologist, my shift to the education realm is a sizeable transition which placed me in the role of “student” again.  During my progression from novice to expert, I learned new nomenclature, new research techniques, and new paradigms.  My teaching philosophy is founded, therefore, not from my teaching experiences, but rather from my learning experiences.  My philosophy can be summed in four themes: 

1. Scaffolding knowledge.  Providing a story, rather than lengthy details, empowers the learner to connect and apply concepts during the learning process, instead of memorize details. Evidence of my efforts to accomplish this can be found in unsolicited student comments following a teaching session:  “[the session] really cleared a few things I hadn't connected in my head”;

2.  Enabling the learner.  Creating an effective environment and providing the right amount support is essential. Within my capacity as chair of the advisory committee of young anatomists (ACYA), I led the charge in developing monthly newsletter articles targeting needs of other early career faculty; these have become the most viewed sections of the newsletter;

3. Incorporating and modelling professionalism. Topic knowledge is inseparable from the professional context within which it will be used. By integrating clinical “handover” approaches for peer to peer anatomy laboratory teaching (expanded upon later), I merged content knowledge with professional skills.  Much of my current research focuses on exploring this theme further;

4. Fostering collaboration.  Whether working with students or peers, I value equality and teamwork. Successes in these areas exist because of my cooperative approach to achieving the goals.  From co-investigators on grant submissions to co-authors on publications, evidence of my leadership favouring collaborative teams abounds; these teammates bring expertise from multiple specialty areas, creating a diverse and simultaneously cohesive group. 

Reserach in the Lazarus Lab for Medical Education Research focuses on building an evidence-base to support a variety of teaching approaches and philosophies within the field of medical education.  Contact me for more info!


External positions

Committee Member, Royal Australian College of Surgeons

Committee Member, The American Association of Anatomists

Research area keywords

  • Anatomy
  • Medical Education
  • Medical
  • Education
  • Ambiguity
  • Qualitative

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Research Output 2008 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

Dissecting the role of sessional anatomy teachers: A systematic literature review

Rhodes, D., Fogg, Q. A. & Lazarus, M. D., Jul 2018, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. 11, 4, p. 410-426 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Breaking with tradition: A scoping meta-analysis analyzing the effects of student-centered learning and computer-aided instruction on student performance in anatomy

Wilson, A. B., Brown, K. M., Misch, J., Miller, C. H., Klein, B. A., Taylor, M. A., Goodwin, M., Boyle, E. K., Hoppe, C. & Lazarus, M. D., Jan 2019, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. 12, 1, p. 61-73 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

26 Citations (Scopus)

A meta-analysis of anatomy laboratory pedagogies

Wilson, A. B., Miller, C. H., Klein, B. A., Taylor, M. A., Goodwin, M., Boyle, E. K., Brown, K., Hoppe, C. & Lazarus, M., Jan 2018, In : Clinical Anatomy. 31, 1, p. 122-133 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Practicing handoffs early: Applying a clinical framework in the anatomy laboratory

Lazarus, M. D., Dos Santos, J. A., Haidet, P. M. & Whitcomb, T. L., 1 Oct 2016, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. 9, 5, p. 476-487 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

29 Citations (Scopus)

Perceptions of anatomy: critical components in the clinical setting

Lazarus, M. D., Chinchilli, V. M., Leong, S. L. & Kauffman Jr., G. L., 2012, In : Anatomical Sciences Education. 5, 4, p. 187 - 199 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Monash Education Academy Fellowship

Michelle Lazarus (Recipient), 2 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Public outreach

Teaching and faculty development outreach between Monash and Umanand Prasad School of Medicine – University of Fiji

Michelle Lazarus (Contributor)
5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic outreach