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Prof Joe Rosenthal
UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health
Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill St
Tel: 0044 20 8016 8036
Fax: 0044 20 7472 6871
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  • Clinical Professor of Primary Care Education
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

After an initial degree in psychology, I qualified in medicine in Cardiff 1986. Following postgraduate training in general practice at Guy's Hospital I joined what was then the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine as Lecturer in General Practice in 1990, becoming Senior Lecturer in General Practice in 1995 and Professor of Primary Care Education in 2018. From 1995 to 2017 I was also a part-time GP Principal in Haringey. I am now a part-time Salaried GP in Islington. I am  Honorary Consultant in Primary Care at NHS North Central & East London and at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust. My major educational interests are in undergraduate community based teaching and vocational training for general practice. Between 2006 and 2018 I was Head of Teaching in the UCL Department of Primary Care & Population Health and from 2008 to 2018 was Sub-Dean for Community Based Teaching at UCL Medical School. I am Programme Director of the Royal Free GP Specialty Training Programme and lead for Integrated Academic Clinical Training in General Practice at UCL. I have published four text books for GPs and GP trainees. My research interests include GP careers, educational evaluation, near-peer teaching, students' attitudes, use of chaperones in general practice, and communication between primary and secondary care.

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The overarching aim of my research has been to inform and improve practice in the field of general practice and primary care education. I have published in high impact medical journals including the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) and in journals intended specifically for medical educators.  I have a particular interest in developing research infrastructure by promoting educational research locally and nationally.  I have built at UCL one of the UK’s largest programme of integrated clinical academic training for GPs, now hosting a group of more than twenty clinical academic trainees from Foundation through ACF to ACL,  providing an essential pipeline for the next generation of primary care clinical researchers

Teaching Summary

In 2006 I was appointed as Head of Teaching in the UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health (PCPH). I subsequently led on all aspects of undergraduate primary care education at UCL, overseeing the expansion of GP teaching from 3% to 15% of the MBBS curriculum, with a recurrent NHS SIFT income for PCPH of £2.8 million per year.I lead the Primary Care Education Group within PCPH which now includes six senior lecturers, two lecturers, three teaching fellows and five teaching administrators. We also run what was the very first intercalated BSc in Primary Health Care.

In addition to "core GP" programmes in the fifth and sixth years of the UCL MBBS programme we lead several courses involving GPs teaching medical students in their own practices and on campus in subject areas which have traditionally been taught exclusively in hospital eg general medicine, elderly medicine, women’s health, child health, mental health, dermatology. In 2008 I was appointed by UCL Medical School to the new role of Sub-Dean for Community Based Teaching in recognition for the first time of the community as a main campus for medical student teaching with equivalent status to  main teaching hospital campuses.  In the postgraduate field, as Programme director for GP Training, I have led on the expansion of places on the Royal Free GP Training Scheme from 3 per year in 2007 to 22 in 2017.  Within this programme I have also established a unique “Innovative Training Post” (ITP) in Primary Care Medical Education.  

Academic Background
1990   Diploma Family Planning Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
1989   Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
    ATQ08 - Accredited as a teacher of their subject by a professional UK body  
1995   Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners Royal College of General Practioners
1994   Master of Science King's College London
1986   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Wales
1981   Bachelor of Science University of Wales
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