Who we are

Clinical Teaching Fellows at UCL come from all medical specialities. Most Fellows are at registrar level when they join UCL.

See the profiles for more information about Clinical Teaching Fellows past and present, and the types of work that Clinical Teaching Fellows do.

Current Teaching Fellows

Dr Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett

After leaving UCL Medical School, I followed a career path that eventually led me to being a GP. My love of teaching first started when I was a PAL at UCL and throughout my time as a Trainee I had many opportunities to teach. It is wonderful to now be able to devote all my working time to teaching and research!

My working week as a Clinical Teaching Fellow is currently split between UCL and Basildon Hospital and I have ongoing projects at both sites. At UCL I am lead for the Case of the Month for final year students and I am researching the best ways to map the UCL Medical School Curriculum and how we can tailor the mapping to student needs. At Basildon, I am managing the twilight FY1 teaching for the final year medical students and I am helping to establish near-peer prescribing teaching. We have found the new Doctors are very confident and extremely keen to teach. I am setting up a teaching examination to investigate this confidence and to see whether teaching skills courses can be helpful. I have a strong interest in how the curriculum prepares students for practice and we are currently researching whether the addition of student assistantships in the final year has helped to improve this. I am enjoying being an advocate to the junior doctors as my role in Basildon also includes postgraduate teaching and support.

Outside of work, I am a huge tennis fan and I am enjoying attending as many tournaments as possible. Without on-calls rotas to deal with, it is lovely being able to catch up with family and friends more often!

Contact: sarah.bennett@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Clare Wadlow

Clare Wadlow

I joined the UCL Clinical Teaching Fellows in February 2013, having met the team and been inspired by their enthusiasm at the UCL 2TiME Conference in October 2012. 

I trained at Nottingham University Medical School, graduating in 2005. I stayed in the midlands for my Foundation years. In 2007 I came to London to start Psychiatry training for which I have been mainly based in north London. I've enjoyed teaching the UCL medical students along the way. I particularly enjoy encouraging medical students to consider a rewarding career in psychiatry! Most recently I've been working as an ST5 in Old Age Psychiatry. 

A large part of my new role will be putting together Tests of Competence for the GMC project, but I'm also hoping to get involved in medical school teaching too, especially Year 5.

Mr Paul McGovern

I was a Clinical Teaching Fellow working between Basildon University Hospital and UCL Medical School, in between CT2 and starting as an ST3 in Trauma and Orthopaedics.  My main roles centred around teaching final year medical students, but the variety of the work was part of what made the year such a great one. The links between the hospital and the medical school were very close, with great liaison between my supervisors, the admin teams at both organisations, and myself.  This allowed us to work really well together, fine-tuning the new final year curriculum centrally, then seeing it in practice on the ground and feeding back straight away.

The flexibility of the role gave me scope to start my own projects.  I had an idea for moving face-to-face junior doctor induction to an online system, and was really well supported in developing the idea, pitching it to the board, and working with consultants and managers to get it rolled out.  The management experience was quite unique and unlike anything I could have gained in a standard clinical job.

There is plenty to do, and an opportunity to find and develop your own educational interests.  As well as teaching students and junior doctors at Basildon, I ran the final year revision website, wrote final year exam questions, taught on TIPS courses and developed a new shortened TIPS course for junior doctors.  I also got involved with the GMC fitness to practice programme, writing and standard-setting exam questions for doctors.  Even with the opportunity for organisation and management, I spent a lot of time supervising and assessing medical students, particularly those that were re-sitting finals.  It was a great way to understand the rewards and difficulties of being an educational supervisor - not something most registrars have experienced and a really useful insight into one of the many consultant-level duties junior doctors don't usually think about.

I was supported in completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at the Royal College of Physicians and UCL which provided a good academic and theoretical background to the practical work I was doing.  There was also plenty of opportunity for research and audit, and the experience I gained seemed to be really appreciated at my ST3 interview for Trauma and Orthopaedics.  I'm finding there are all sorts of transferable skills.  These include writing questions for UKITE, the FRCS(Orth) national practice exam.  Even though I'm an ST3 and much more junior than the rest of the writing panel, the educational experience I have is really useful.  I'm still doing some work for the medical school and with the GMC programme, which continues to develop my educational experience alongside my surgical training.

This was a fantastic job, and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to have worked in this role.  I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an interest in teaching who's keen to broaden their experience and gain some unique skill sets that aren't available anywhere else.

Past Teaching Fellows

Dr Dan Gibbons

I trained at UCL Medical School and took a year out from my studies to run the Medical Students' Union. The experiences that I had whilst training kindled my interest in research and medical education - and I became involved with DOME as a student as part of the Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS).

After qualifying, I took up a post as an Academic FY 2 with DOME where I undertook some research on the reproducibility of OSCE examinations.  During my placement with DOME, I also co-ordinated the PALS SSM at the Hampstead site, ran a series of lectures on basic clinical skills for 3rd year medical students and became involved with the delivery of the TIPS course.

After Foundation training, I did further academic and clinical training, and then took up a post as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health Medicine at Imperial College London, obtaining a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2009.  I am now involved with curriculum design, teaching and assessment for the MPH at Imperial College.  My current research interests concern the factors that may contribute to unplanned medical admissions in England, for which I have recently been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship grant.

Dr Bob Klaber

I hugely enjoyed my time as a clinical teaching fellow at ACME, where I worked half-time alongside my paediatric clinical training (2007-9). The post was a fantastic opportunity to further my development both as a learner and an educator, through working on a number of educational initiatives and projects alongside a team of dynamic educationalists and clinicians. I also gained a good grounding in educational research principles and experienced a wide range of assessment-related education work. Since my time at ACME I have gone on to be appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician based at Imperial, where I am also involved in a wide range of educational work, predominantly in a postgraduate setting, and have published a number of papers around this work.

I also lead the RCPCH Paediatric Educator’s Programme and have been involved in the development of national e-learning projects. I have also continued to build on my leadership development work and have developed, evaluated and published an acclaimed leadership development initiative called ‘Paired Learning’ where managers are paired up with senior trainees in a peer-learning relationship. My time at ACME was really instrumental in my development as a medical educationalist and I would strongly recommend working as a clinical teaching fellow there should the opportunity arise.

Dr Luci Etheridge

I spent 3 1/2 varied and exciting years at ACME, mostly working on the GMC Project developing evidence based assessments for poorly performing doctors.  However I also got involved with undergraduate teaching and assessment, peer assisted learning, mentoring, professional development training, developing tests for national specialty selection and lots of small research projects in teaching and learning.  It gave me an opportunity to research and publish, as well as the chance to edit a self assessment book for medical students.  I also learnt valuable skills in leadership and management which are helping me in applying for consultant jobs now I am finishing off my training.

Dr Rosie Belcher

I thoroughly enjoyed my 18 months working as a clinical teaching fellow at UCL in 2011 and 2012. I worked on a number of projects in different parts of the curriculum, and learned a lot about medical education while doing so. 

I was involved with all the teaching fellows in core activities such as teaching regularly on the TIPS courses, teaching clinical and generic skills sessions to students and Foundation doctors, and examining students in end of year exams. My teaching skills have improved enormously, and I have benefitted from working alongside more experienced teachers and learning from them. I also worked on a number of projects such as the introduction of the NHS ePortfolio to undergraduate students, and worked with the Quality Assurance Unit on improving the quality of medical education, and to create a portal for students to tell the medical school about their concerns about ethical dilemmas they have been in.

One of the most rewarding things I did, together with the other teaching fellows, is set up and run the first two Trainees in Medical Education (TiME) conferences. These are a great opportunity for trainees interested in medical education to get together and find out more about careers in medical education.

Working as a teaching fellow was also a great opportunity to get involved in education research. Several research projects grew out of the projects I was working on, such as investigating students perceptions of and responses to ethical dilemmas they have witnessed.

I am now back in full time training as a registrar in Medicine for the Elderly, although I continue to be involved in teaching at UCL as a Case of the Month senior tutor and in completing some educational research projects started while I was a clinical teaching fellow. I would encourage anyone keen to develop their skills in teaching and education to consider a teaching fellow post.

Dr Dan Furmedge

Dan Furmedge

I am an NIHR academic clinical fellow in medical education at UCL, currently in my CT2 year of core medical training, planning on geriatric and general medicine from next year. I graduated from King's College London in 2009 and completed my Foundation Training at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals. I have had a keen interest in teaching since a young age and medical education since a medical student. My main areas of interest are undergraduate education, particularly assessment, selection and junior doctor teaching though I am hoping that I will get a wide range of experience whilst at UCLMS. I am also interested in prescribing and patient safety.

I spent 6 months at ACME as part of my ACF, building on my experiences as a medical educator. I am part way through my PG Cert in Medical Education. At UCL I undertook projects looking at junior doctor teaching of undergraduates and introducing DOPS for prescribing, ethnicity and diversity in the medical student population and appraisal processes as part of revalidation. I was part of a hard working group who wrote and delivered new pilot OSCEs for Year 1 and 2. Though my time here was initially short I will be back for a further three month placement in the next academic year. See you then!

Contact: d.furmedge@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Gil Myers

Gil Myers

I have been involved with TIPS and other ACME projects since I graduated from the Royal Free (and University College London) School of Medicine. In my clinical life, I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a year left of training before becoming a consultant. The move south of the river was a traumatic one as I completed my undergraduate training at the Royal Free before coming back at as psychiatry SHO. I was also born at the Royal Free making me truly North London born and bred.
My role at ACME was divided between work on the GMC project, the design and delivery of the Test of Competence exams for Fitness to Practise doctors, and within ACME managing several exams, delivering teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and developing parts of the new curriculum. 

I enjoyed my time as a CTF so much that, although I have officially left and am back in Clinical Medicine, I am still involved in the department as an honorary staff member. 

Contact: g.myers@ucl.ac.uk

Mr Moloy Dey

Mr Moloy Dey

I started as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the UCL Medical School in August 2011. I am an Ophthalmologist by trade and nearing the end of my training program. I have always had a keen interest in Medical Education. I trained at Leicester Medical School which at the time was one of the few medical schools to introduce an integrated curriculum. I was also an anatomy demonstrator at Leicester which gave me the bug for teaching. During my training in Ophthalmology I am regularly involved in teaching undergraduates and have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at Warwick University. I will based at both Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL for both teaching and clinical commitments.

I am involved in restructuring the curriculum in Years 1 and 2 and construction of the Cardiometabolic patient pathway Pilot Module. I am also involved in curriculum development of Ophthalmology in all years.  I am conducting research into the evaluation of the newly created modules and creating methods of delivery of Ophthalmology teaching.  My other research interests include Quality of Life amongst Birdshot choroidopathy patients and Formation of Patient Biobank of Birdshot Patients (Moorfields Eye Hospital).

Contact: m.dey@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Kaz Iwata

Kaz Iwata

I am Japanese and attended an American international school in Japan. After high school, I came to UCL and studied for a BSc in Human Sciences and following that, studied Medicine at UCL. I took a year out between my pre-clinical and clinical years (spent a year in Montreal as a visiting student at McGill University), and qualified in 2003. I am a psychiatrist by training but currently working as a full time Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL.

My main area of work in the Medical School is assessments (with Dr Alison Sturrock), and I am the deputy site lead for Year 3, Year 4, and Final Exams. I am also involved in the development of the new MBBS curriculum with Dr Deborah Gill, and work in this area includes developing the Post Exam Week and teaching of Mental Health.  My other teaching commitments are development of the Year 4 Portfolio, organizing the PALS SSC, interviewing prospective medical students, and being an MBBS tutor for reflective writing and case of the month.

Contact: kazuya.iwata@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Laura-Jane Smith

LJ Smith

I graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 2006 and spent my Foundation years in and around Cambridge. I have always had an interest in teaching and had several teaching roles during my Foundation training. I came to UCLH for Core Medical Training, during which I set up a Twilight Clinical Teaching programme engaging junior doctors in teaching, and supporting them with a "Training to Teach" development course. In my Clinical life I am a Respiratory Registrar in North East Thames, and recently survived my first year as a Medical Registrar.

I am a full time Clinical Teaching Fellow at ACME. My interests within Medical Education are diverse, but I am currently focusing on: evaluating the MBBS 2012 curriculum; supporting the authentic professional UCL student ePortfolio; supporting junior doctors as medical educators (see the MBBS teaching portal); reviewing year 4 Respiratory placement teaching; running the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme; and working on various areas of student assessment across years. I have an interest in social media, professionalism and the digital identity of medical students and doctors and will be launching a Twitter-based educational intervention very soon! I also write a blog: drlj.wordpress.com . 

Contact: laura-jane.smith@ucl.ac.uk