Erolin, Caroline


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Dr Caroline Erolin is a senior lecturer working across the School of Science & Engineering (CAHID), and the School of Art & Design (DJCAD). She is the programme lead for the MSc in Medical Art, and also runs modules on the MSc in Forensic Art & Facial Imaging, as well as an undergraduate module in Scientific Illustration & Visualisation.
Her research interests focus on the future of medical art and artists, particularly in relation to new and developing technologies. She obtained her PhD in 2016 with her research into the development and use of the virtual haptic dissection of anatomical models. Caroline is the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Illustrators, and a member of the Medical Artists Association of Great Britain.
• PhD; 2016
Thesis entitled “Does Virtual Haptic Dissection Improve Student Learning?”
• MPhil; 2002
Thesis entitled “Reconstructing the Visual Manifestations of Disease”
• PgCert in Teaching in Higher Education; 2008
Professional Membership
• Fellow of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI).
• Member of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain (MAA)
• Registered Medical Illustration Practitioner (through the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS)
• Member of Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS)
• Member of the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID)
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)



Caroline Erolin holds a PhD in Medical Visualisation, an MPhil in Medical Art, and PGCert in Higher Education. She is member of numerous professional bodies including the Medical Artists Association (MAA), the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), the British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Caroline is programme lead for the MSc in Medical Art and also runs a number of modules across both the MSc’s in Medical and Forensic Art & Facial Identification. Having been involved with the courses since their inception in 2007 she has helped develop and refine them over this time. Caroline has supervised a number of Masters research projects on topics including; developing a patient communication iPad application, Medical Illiteracy and the development of e-learning tutorials for medical and anatomy students.

At the end of each academic year Caroline helps the students put on an exhibition of their artwork as part of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design ‘Masters Showcase’.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 17 Nov 2016

External positions

Editor in Chief for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine

1 Nov 2017 → …


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