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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 Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) at UCL Medical School. She is a sessional GP in Hertfordshire and Associate Professor in Primary Care.

FRCGP 2019

EdD (Institute of Education, UCL) 2016

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

Research Summary

Sophie Park is Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) at UCL Medical School. She is a GP and Associate Professor. Sophie has a Doctorate in Education (Institute of Education, UCL), Masters in Medical Science (Nottingham, distinction). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice and member of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board. 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 National Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Education Research Group, and the UCL primary care education research group. She is also 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 is PI for an on-going realist evidence synthesis about 'delegated home visits' as part of the NIHR School of Primary Care Research 'Evidence Synthesis Working Group' (ESWG), 'Organisation and Delivery of Primary Care' SPCR Work Group Lead, Co-Lead for Workstream 4 evidence synthesis about primary care work re-design and ESWG Training Co-Lead with Kamal Mahtani. 

Sophie's research interests include community-based education, patient participation, primary care work design 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 BEME NIHR funded systematic review of undergraduate medical education in the UK general practice setting, published in 2015. She has since 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 a doctoral supervisor and examiner, alongside supervision of NIHR in-practice fellowships (internal & external); CLARHC pre-doctoral fellowship; NIHR academic clinical fellows; academic specialist trainees; Masters in medical education; and iBSc students. She is an external reviewer for the South West HEE Academic Clinical Fellows in Primary Care; is an external advisory panel member for an NIHR in-practice fellowship student at Sheffield; and is an approved UCL PhD examiner. 

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 is Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) for UCL Medical School. Her teaching delivery roles also include: Consultation and Academic Writing modules for the iBSc in Primary Care. UCL GP tutor conference lead. UCL Masters in Medical Education supervisor and tutor; and a number of PhD and EdD doctoral students at UCL. She has external roles as supervisory panel for Sheffield University NIHR in-practice fellow; and is an approved UCL PhD examiner. She holds an external examiner role at Nottingham University (MBBS final year) and has previously held external examiner posts at University of East Anglia (MBBS) and Keele (Masters in Clinical Education).


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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