Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education



+44 (0)20 7594 0813sonia.kumar




330Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





Since 2013 I have worked as the Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

I studied Medicine at Kings College London, and have worked as a GP and medical educationalist for two over decades.  I have experience across many undergraduate and postgraduate settings and gained a Masters in General Practice (Distinction) at Kings College in 2004.

I was at the London Deanery for nearly ten years, holding the position of Kings College Programme Director and then Quality and Innovation Director. I was listed as one of Pulse magazines GP rising stars in 2015 and was awarded the Imperial Presidents Medal for outstanding contribution to teaching in 2016, with my team winning a further 9 Presidents awards over the past four years. In 2018 the team won the national AdvanceHE CATE Excellence in Education award.

Since arriving at Imperial my team has trebled, I have led numerous successful bids to support innovative teaching and research projects and have revolutionised primary care education at Imperial.

I am the founding Director for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) and am currently collaborating across a wide range key national and international institutions across the five themes of our work: Coaching in health and education, Preparation for practice, Professional identity and practice, Digital health and education and Diversity and inclusion. I led MEdIC's first of its kind Global creative competition for medical students around the world.

I have particular interest in social accountability in medical education, students as service learner partners and diversity and inclusion, utilising education as one of the most powerful tools we have to drive societal change.



Parekh R, Singh S, Yuan JSJ, et al., 2021, Medical students’ experience of the hidden curriculum around Primary Care careers: a qualitative exploration of reflective diaries, Bmj Open, ISSN:2044-6055

Dutta N, Maini A, Afolabi F, et al., 2021, Promoting cultural diversity and inclusion in undergraduate primary care education, Education for Primary Care, ISSN:1473-9879

Alboksmaty A, Kumar S, Parekh R, et al., 2021, Management and patient safety of complex elderly patients in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK—Qualitative assessment, Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-17

Lalloo F, Hawkins N, Lindley R, et al., 2021, Medical students as service learners: opportunities, risks and recommendations, Education for Primary Care, Vol:32, ISSN:1473-9879, Pages:135-139

Neve G, Fyfe M, Hayhoe B, et al., 2020, Digital health in primary care: risks and recommendations., British Journal of General Practice, Vol:70, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:609-610

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