Imperial College London

Dr Jo Horsburgh

Central FacultyCentre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship

Principal Teaching Fellow in Medical Education



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Jo is a Principal Teaching Fellow in Medical Education based within the EDU at Imperial College, London. She runs a number of faculty development workshops aimed at those who teach Imperial College Medical Students and is course director of the MEd in University Learning and Teaching. She supervisors MEd students, as well as teaches on the PG Diploma and PGCert in ULT, where she is the lead for the Educational Strategy module. Jo is also Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Centre for HE Research and Scholarship and Lead for Medical Education Research within the department of Primary Care and Public Health.

Prior to joining Imperial College, Jo worked as an Educationalist at the Royal College of Physicians, leading education courses for doctors both in the UK and overseas. Previously, Jo worked in the further education sector where she acted as both a head of department and a head of year.

Jo has a background in psychology and education, a MEd in Educational Leadership and completed her doctoral studies in medical education at King’s College London. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Her research focuses on the professional identity development of medical educators, gender issues within higher education, learning from role models, and social accountability. Her current research projects include:

  • The development of self-efficacy amongst computational medicine students (with Dr Caroline Morton).
  • The use and effectiveness of communities of practice in developing teaching and research capacity (with Dr Sonia Kumar, Dr Arti Maini, and Dr Molly Fyfe).
  • The impact of gender on the professional identity development of medical educators. 



Craddock P, Maini A, Horsburgh J, et al., 2019, Lifetimes of the clinical consultation: the current situation of healthcare consultations, British Journal of General Practice, Vol:69, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:506-507

Hall C, Peleva E, Vithlani RH, et al., FEEDBK: a novel approach for providing feedback., Clin Teach

Beckwith H, Kingsbury M, Horsburgh J, 2018, Why do people choose nephrology? Identifying positive motivators to aid recruitment and retention, Clinical Kidney Journal, Vol:11, ISSN:2048-8505, Pages:599-604

Horsburgh JL, Ippolito K, 2018, A skill to be worked at: Using social learning theory to explore the process of learning from role models in clinical settings, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:18, ISSN:1472-6920

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