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Dr Sophie Park
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer/ Senior Academic General Practitioner
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Sophie is a sessional GP in Hertfordshire and Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at UCL Medical School.

EdD (Institute of Education, UCL) 2016

MRCGP (distinction) 2006
M.Med.Sci (distinction) 2005
MBChB (Bristol) 2000

Research Summary

Sophie Park is a GP and Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at UCL Medical School. Sophie has a Doctorate in Education (Institute of Education, UCL), Masters in Medical Science (Nottingham, distinction) and is a member of the Royal College of General Practice (distinction). Sophie works across both research and teaching communities in primary care.

Sophie Park was awarded Highly Commended for the RCGP & SAPC Yvonne Carter Award 2015 for innovative work in developing a distinct body of educational research in primary care. Sophie is Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Education Research Group, and the UCL primary care education research group. She is also a Co-Director of the London BICC: a Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) International Collaboration Centre, and member of the BICCs international Education Committee.

Sophie's research interests include community-based education, patient participation and policy. She has a particular interest in qualitative, sociological and research synthesis methods, as well as developing innovative ways of including patient and student participation in research synthesis and teaching processes. Her recent research includes policy analysis; exploration of medical student professional identity in situations of uncertainty during general practice placements using narrative; and examination of the characterisation of placements in published research texts using Foucauldian discourse analysis. Sophie led a large BEME NIHR funded systematic review of undergraduate medical education in the UK general practice setting, published in 2015. She has then developed this work to include patient responses to the findings (PatMed). She is also conducting work towards development of a national resource for patients with information about participation in undergraduate medical education. On-going projects include an Institute of Education / UCL collaborative project exploring decision-making of junior doctors and consent processes in the A+E setting.

Sophie is currently supervising a range of students at UCL including PhD students; CLARHC pre-doctoral fellowship; NIHR academic clinical fellows; academic specialist trainees; Masters in medical education; and iBSc students.

Colloquium at Cumberland Lodge supported by the Wellcome trust and RSM. 'Many Meanings of Quality in Health Care'. More info and report available at: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/sites/default/files/public/Quality%20in%20Healthcare%20report.pdf

Teaching Summary

Sophie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded the 2011 UCL Saad al-Damluji Excellence in Medical Education Award for exceptional commitment to excellence in clinical teaching

Sophie co-ordinates Women's Health and Child Health community placements for undergraduate medical students; runs the Consultation and Academic Writing modules for the iBSc in Primary Care; and is Lead for the annual UCL GP tutor conference. She has appointments as an external examiner, is an approved first supervisor for PhDs at UCL; and is a supervisor for the UCL Masters in Medical Education. She is also UCL Lead for the pan-London collaboration ITTPC course: Introduction to Teaching in Primary Care with HEE and London medical schools.


Academic Background
2005 DFFP Diploma Family Planning – Family Planning and Reproductive Health Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
2005 MMedSc Master of Medical Science – Medical Education Nottingham Trent University
2004 DCH Diploma of Child Health – Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
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