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 Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship at Imperial College, London. She runs a number of faculty development workshops aimed at those who teach Imperial College Medical Students and teaches and supervises on the MEd in University Learning and Teaching.  Jo is also Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Centre for HE Research and Scholarship and Lead for Education Research in the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre

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. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

van Lankveld T, Thampy H, Cantillon P, et al., 2021, Supporting a teacher identity in health professions education: AMEE Guide No. 132, Medical Teacher, Vol:43, ISSN:0142-159X, Pages:124-136

Fyfe MV, Maini A, Horsburgh J, et al., 2020, Racism in medical school Widening participation: moving from diversity to inclusion, British Medical Journal, Vol:368, ISSN:0959-535X, Pages:1-1

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., 2020, 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


Cuming T, Horsburgh J, 2019, Constructing Surgical Identities: Becoming a Surgeon Educator, ADVANCING SURGICAL EDUCATION: THEORY, EVIDENCE AND PRACTICE, Editor(s): Nestel, Dalrymple, Paige, Aggarwal, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Pages:133-140, ISBN:978-981-13-3127-5

Ippolito K, Horsburgh J, 2017, On the job learning in clinical settings, Informal Learning Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities, ISBN:9781536122503

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