Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Medical Education



+44 (0)20 7594 0813sonia.kumar




330Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





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

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.

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 9 President's awards over the past four years. In 2018 my team won the highly coveted 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 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.



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Dutta N, Scott K, Horsburgh J, et al., 2021, WATCCH: a multiprofessional approach to widening participation in healthcare careers, Education for Primary Care, ISSN:1367-8523

Parekh R, Maini A, Golding B, et al., 2021, Community-engaged medical education: helping to address child health and social inequality, Archives of Disease in Childhood-education and Practice Edition, ISSN:1743-0585

Parekh R, Jones MM, Singh S, 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

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

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