Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 0813sonia.kumar




330Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





I worked as the Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London from 2013-2022. I now work as the Associate Dean of Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Leeds and remain a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

I studied Medicine at King's 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 Master's in General Practice (Distinction) from King's College London in 2004.

Prior to joining Imperial, I was at the London Deanery for nearly ten years, holding the position of King's Programme Director and then Quality and Innovation Director. I was listed as one of Pulse magazines GP rising stars and was awarded the Imperial President's Medal for outstanding contribution to teaching in 2016, with my team winning a further 10 President's awards over the past five years. In 2018 my team won the highly coveted national AdvanceHE CATE Excellence in Education award.

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

I am the founding Director for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) and collaborated across a wide range key national and international institutions across the five themes of work: Coaching in health and education, Preparation for practice, Professional identity and practice, Digital health and education and Diversity and inclusion. I founded MEdIC's first of its kind Global creative competition for medical students around the world and in 2021 established the national MEdIC medical education MasterClass series.

I have particular interest in socially accountable medical education, students as service learner partners and diversity and inclusion, using the potential of medical education to drive positive and sustainable societal change.

I live in London with my husband and two lively teenage girls.



Coster S, Dutta N, Forrest D, et al., 2023, Community action projects: community-engaged quality improvement for medical students., Education for Primary Care, ISSN:1367-8523, Pages:1-8

Brown ME, Collin V, Parekh R, et al., 2023, A contextual definition of longitudinal integrated clerkships within the UK and Ireland: a bi-national modified Delphi study, Education for Primary Care, Vol:34, ISSN:1367-8523, Pages:138-151

Coster S, Parekh R, Moula Z, et al., 2022, Responsibility driven learning in primary care: a qualitative evaluation of a medical student COVID-19 volunteering programme, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:22, ISSN:1472-6920, Pages:1-8

Brown MEL, Lim JH, Horsburgh J, et al., 2022, Identity development in disorientating times: the experiences of medical students during COVID-19, Medical Science Educator, Vol:32, ISSN:2156-8650, Pages:995-1004

Moula Z, Horsburgh J, Scott K, et al., 2022, The impact of Covid-19 on Professional Identity Formation: An international qualitative study of medical students’ reflective entries in a Global Creative Competition, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:22, ISSN:1472-6920, Pages:1-9

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