Tim Wilkinson is director of the MBChB programme, Professor in Medicine and Associate Dean (Medical Education) at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He completed a Master in Clinical Education in 2001, which looked at characteristics of borderline final year medical students. His PhD in 2005 was on the educational impact of a change to standards based assessment in a medical course and his MD in 2010 was on programmatic assessment. He is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators.
In 2002, he was one of the inaugural recipients of a New Zealand Minister of Education Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching).
He is a deputy editor of Medical Education and section editor of BMC Medical Education and also works as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine. His research interests are assessment of clinical competence and performance, workplace learning, selection into medical school, and professionalism.