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Dr Miranda Kronfli
GF 664
UCL Medical School
Royal Free Hospital
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  • Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Medical Education
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I am a Teaching Lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education, and am committed to improving the quality of Healthcare by facilitating effective learning in the clinical workplace, through my Higher Education teaching and learning practice. 

Before joining UCL I worked in research roles focussing on implementation of  novel simulation-based education tools for healthcare education and patient and public engagement; and evaluation of a 'Students As Partners' approach to Communication Skills training in Undergraduate Medical Education. Prior to my academic roles, I worked for twelve years as a clinical doctor in the NHS, in Internal Medicine (gaining MRCP in 2007) and Palliative Care. In 2014 I undertook an Educational Leadership secondment with Health Education England, where I led education leadership projects for NHS workforce development. These included designing and implementing a Simulation Strategy for North West London, and leading evaluation for five Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs) in Northwest London.

In my current role I lead Quality Assurance for UCL Medical School’s suite of Master’s Programmes and short courses, with a particular interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Differential Attainment. I supervise Healthcare Professionals undertaking their Master’s Dissertation research in Health Professions education and have an education focus on Research Methods, Supervision and Assessment.

Research Summary

My doctoral research focusses on work-based learning in the Postgraduate Medical Education clinical setting.

My Master's Dissertation used Conversation Analysis to undertand the learning of Healthcare Professionals in the Simulation Debrief. It found that debrief facilitators and learners together construct the agenda of what is to be learned, with facilitators eliciting learners' 'storytelling' of their scenario experience, and closely managing stories to arrive at a learning point aligned with the non-technical skills curriculum. 

My simulation research focussed on the use of Simulation-Based-Education tools in team training for Healthcare Professionals and for engagement of patients, public and NHS Staff. 

My evaluation of 'Students as Partners' in Communication Skills explored the meaning Medical Students make of 'Partnerships', revealing alignment of their understanding with existing definitions and the potential suitability of this approach in the Medical Undergraduate Setting. It demonstrated positive impact of involvement in the project on students' self-declared knowledge and confidence in communication and teaching. 

Teaching Summary

My teaching practice focusses on supporting Healthcare Educators to engage in research and scholarship. I lead modules in Supervision, Assessment, and Research Methods, and act as dissertation supervisor for students undertaking their Master’s Dissertation Research on the MSc Health Professions Education and the MSc Medical Education in Partnership with the Royal College of Physicians. I am co-lead for the HEE-commissioned 'Introduction to Supervision, Learning and Assessment' (ISLA) Programme for GP Clinical Supervisors in primary care. 

I have an interest in Quality Assurance in Medical Education and Higher Education, with a particular focus on Awarding Gaps in Higher Education, and Differential Attainment in the Postgraduate Medical Education workplace. This includes developing and evaluating Differential Attainment teaching materials for Health Professions developing their supervision practice. 

Personal Tutoring is an important part of my teaching practice, and I draw on my counselling and Palliative Medicine experience to offer a facilitative, person-centred approach to personal tutoring, developing my practice with regular CPD. 

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