Dr Dilmini Karunaratne


Lecturer in Medical Education

Role at Hull York Medical School

I’m a specialist in Medical Education and serve as a lecturer in Medical Education at the Health Professions Education Unit, Hull York Medical School.

At the Health Professions Education Unit, my key role is to contribute to the design, development and delivery of tutor training of the Hull York Medical School. My contributions also extend to the Certificate, Diploma and the MSc Health Professions Education Programmes offered by the medical school and serve as a tutor, assessor, personal tutor and academic supervisor. I lecture and facilitate small group learning in the Gateway programme and the professionalism and ethics theme of the MB BS programme.


Dilmini has over eight years of work experience in Health Professions Education facilitating medical undergraduate learning, staff development and continuing professional development. Dilmini joined the Hull York Medical School in June 2021. Her professional qualifications are from Sri Lanka, where she graduated as a medical doctor following which she specialized as a medical educationist. She has also completed a master’s in biomedical informatics which feeds into her interests in technology applications in education.

Dilmini completed her MD Medical Education in the year 2019, with a thesis titled; ‘Clinical reasoning and its challenges at the workplace: A qualitative study with novice medical graduates in Sri Lanka’. She has since been passionate about clinical reasoning and has continued to work in this area contributing to several publications. Her other research interests are in curriculum development, teaching/learning methods and technology applications in medical education. She is conversant in both quantitative and qualitative paradigms and has a special interest in qualitative research.

She has previously worked as a lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.


Dilmini’s research interests are in;

Clinical reasoning, curriculum development, teaching/learning methods, facilitating learning, e-learning, technology applications in medical education including the use of simulations, qualitative research and systematic reviews.


Dilmini is a tutor for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc Health Professions Education programme and contributes to tutor training programme design, development and delivery.

She also facilitates student learning in the Gateway programme and the Professionalism and ethics theme of the MB BS programme.


View Dilmini’s publications on Google Scholar.

Selected publications

  1. Karunaratne, WCD., Chandratilake, M., & Dharmaratne, T. (2020). Clinical Reasoning. In 14 TOPICS IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION A Guide to Practical Wisdom (pp. 5–20).
  2. Kodikara, Kaumudee G, Karunaratne, W. C. D., & Chandratilake, Madawa, N. (2020). Intermediate Fidelity Simulation to Educate Emergency Management Skills. Education in Medicine Journal, 12(1), 7–13. https://doi.org/10.21315/eimj2020.12.1.2
  3. High fidelity simulation in undergraduate medical curricula: experience of fourth year medical students; K. G. Kodikara ,W. C. D. Karunaratne, M. N. Chandratilake, South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, Jan 2020, 13(2):25, DOI:10.4038/seajme.v13i2.207
  4. Re-visiting the educational environment of a metropolitan medical school in Sri Lanka with special emphasis on clinical learning; WCD Karunaratne, MN Chandratilake, South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education,2016, 10 (2), 23-31

Dilmini welcomes enquiries from those interested in research collaborations.

Postgraduate research supervision

Dilmini welcomes enquiries from prospective students interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree in areas such as clinical reasoning, teaching/learning methods, continuing professional development and technology use in medical education.

External roles

Reviewer of the South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, Frontiers in Medicine, Sri Lanka Journal of Biomedical Informatics

Honours and awards

Australian Awards Fellowship recipient, 2014

Awards won for the collaborative project on developing the SimHaL (Simulator for Heart and Lung disease) simulator to facilitate student learning- a project of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

  1. The best innovations award at the Innovations in Medical Education Exhibition at the Colombo Conference on Medical Education 2019 held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  2. IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education, (IMU-RHIME) Award for SimHaL (Simulator for Health and Lung Disease) at the10th Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Symposium 2019, Malaysia.
  3. The Runner-up award for the category of e-learning at the 2nd Commonwealth Digital Health Awards held from 10– 12 October 2017 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.