UCL Medical School


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 Laila Abdullah

laila abdullah…

My main role as a CTF is in the GMC unit, developing pilot assessments for the tests of competence. This role is part time, and the remainder of my week is spent in General Practice. 

I studied medicine at UCL, completed my foundation training at Basildon Hospital and UCLH and I qualified as a GP from the Royal Free Scheme in 2015. 

In my clinical work I am a GP at a practice in North London. I have an interest in elderly medicine and I do a weekly round at a local residential home. I have always had a passion for teaching and I have sought various opportunities to develop this in both the undergraduate and postgraduate setting. As an ST4 GP trainee on the Royal Free Scheme I was a Medical Education Fellow, delivering many of the community based UCL modules. During this time I also participated in a research project in medical education, looking at patient participation in undergraduate teaching and a Population Health project on problematic polypharmacy in the elderly. Since qualifying I have been a GP tutor for UCL medical students whom I taught at my practice.  

I plan to study towards the MSc in clinical and professional education at UCL and gain HEA fellowship during my time as a CTF. 

In my spare time, I enjoy painting, cooking, yoga and running around after my 14 month old baby!

Dr Saniath Akbar

Dr Saniath Akbar…

I am a fellow UCLMS graduate and currently one of the CTFs, having joined the team in late August 2017. Much of my postgraduate training has taken place in North East Thames Deanery. I have just completed my core medical training and hopefully will be looking to apply for a specialty training post sometime next year.

Since graduating, I have spent much time working with medical students and other junior doctors including delivering bedside teaching as well as arranging practice interview courses for higher training. Having been a peer-assisted tutor for year 1 and 2 UCL medical students whilst an undergrad, it feels fitting to return to a similar capacity, with my current role involving working on assessments and the curriculum for year 1 and 2 students.

My hope this year is to complete a PG certificate in medical education, with added interest in learning more about assessments. I also hope to gain accreditation from the HEA.

Dr Maggie Baker


Maggie Baker is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School. Her main work is within the GMC development unit, designing and piloting tests of competence that form part of the GMC’s fitness to practice process.  She has a role within the medical school in facilitating Year 4 assessments and teaching on the postgraduate Training to Teach course. Maggie is an ST6 in Gastroenterology in London, currently out of programme and is studying towards an MSc in Medical Education with the Royal College of Physicians/UCL.

Dr Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett…

I am a GP and I have worked at UCL Medical School as a Senior Teaching Fellow for the last 5 years. I am the Deputy Lead for the final year, the academic lead for the Case of the Month online learning program and lead for the postgraduate Training to Teach course. I have recently been appointed Admissions Tutor for the MBBS programme and am currently researching selection methodology.  I have a strong interest in how the curriculum prepares students for practice and I have used my work at Basildon hospital with final year students to help develop a novel preparation for practice module. I have a Masters in Clinical Education and I work as tutor on the RCP/UCL Masters course.

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 Jonathan Derrick

Jonathan Derrick…

I am very excited to be part of the team as the new BTUH/UCL clinical teaching fellow.

I graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 2015 and then did my foundation training in the East of England.

I worked as a clinical supervisor for Cambridge Medical School whilst studying the international foundations in medical education course which really sparked a strong interest in education and training. I am also currently an associate fellow of the higher education academy.

At Basildon and Thurrock University Trust I will be involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, simulation and exams. For my role at UCL I will be focusing on the final year students, curriculum design and case of the month.

Looking forward I will be studying for a postgraduate certificate in medical education at UCL and am motivated to deliver and co-ordinate high quality teaching for the year to come. Outside of work I am a keen tennis player and runner and hope to get quicker without on call shift work to deal with!

Dr Anjali Gondhalekar

Dr Anjali Gondhalekar…

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2012 and completed my foundation training in the West Midlands before moving to London to pursue a career in General practice.

I have always been passionate about medical education. As an undergraduate, I was a curricula and welfare student representative, a role in which I helped develop the medical curriculum. Since working as a doctor I have actively taught medical students through lectures and also at the bedside.

I hope to enhance my teaching skills further by completing a Diploma in Medical Education this year.

My CTF role will largely be involved with developing assessments for the clinical years as well as contributing to the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) and organising Training to Teach courses.

In my spare time I enjoy learning and performing contemporary dance, travelling and baking.

I am really looking forward to my role as a CTF at UCL medical school and hope to see you soon!

Dr Jenny Hopwood

Dr Jenny Hopwood…

Jenny Hopwood is a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School, where she mainly works with the GMC Development Unit to design and pilot tests of competence. 

After graduating from the University of Cambridge and completing foundation jobs in Cambridgeshire, Jenny completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Primary Care at UCL. During this time she developed a passion for teaching, assessment and research. Her previous teaching experience has included leading a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching sessions and the development of an innovative child health workshop for Year 5 UCL students.

She now spends half her week as a GP in Muswell Hill and the other half working as a teaching fellow. She is also studying towards an MSc in Medical Education with the University of Dundee. 

Dr Miranda Kronfli


I graduated from Liverpool Medical School and following MRCP gained experience in Clinical Oncology, before specialising in Palliative Care. Working as Palliative Care registrar inspired a passion for holistic, patient-centred healthcare, and an interest in supporting professionals from all disciplines, at all levels, to communicate effectively with patients, families and colleagues.

I completed the UCL IOE MA in Clinical Education in 2015 and then worked as a Clinical Research Fellow role at Imperial College, where my research focussed on Multi-Professional simulation training in End of Life Care; Engaging front-line staff in improving maternity services, and incorporating the Patient Voice into clinical decision-making. Prior to that, I worked at HEE NWL, with responsibility for creating a Simulation Strategy and for leading evaluation of the Community Education Provider Network initiatives.

My UCL CTF role focusses on Postgraduate Education and my time is currently divided between my CTF role, and researching communication skills in undergraduate medical education. In my spare time I am mainly to be found outdoors, either hiking, swimming or sea-kayaking, whatever the weather!

Dr Natasha Malik


Having graduated from UCL Medical School I went on to a career in General Practice, and have a background as an Anaesthetic Registrar.

I completed a Darzi Fellowship with Health Education North West London last year that allowed me to develop my educational and leadership portfolio.

Then the ‘homing beacon’ went off and I joined the Clinical Teaching Fellows team in September 2015 where my remit is postgraduate education.

My time is currently spent between UCL work, clinical work as a GP in North West London and working as an Education Lead for the RCGP North West London Faculty. 

Dr Jonathan Mayhew

Jonathan Mayhew…

I joined the UCL CTF team in August 2017 having just completed my Foundation Training at North Middlesex University Hospital. While there I developed a passion for teaching and was the FY2 Lead for Undergraduate Teaching, helping to design, co-ordinate, and deliver the bedside teaching programme for final year students.

I graduated from UCL in 2015 but stayed in touch with Medical School activities through Case of the Month Tutoring as well as helping out with OSCE and OCaPE examinations.

My role in the CTF team is in Clinical and Professional Practice. As well as designing and delivering CPP teaching and leading delivery of the PALS SSC, I hope to complete a PGCert in Medical Education as well as gain accreditation from the HEA

Dr Ahmed Rashid

Dr Ahmed Rashid…

I am a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow working primarily with the UCL Medical School Education Consultancy on projects in a number of countries including Egypt, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to joining UCL, I worked in a variety of hospital specialties before completing an NIHR academic clinical fellowship in primary care in Cambridge. During this time, I designed and delivered primary care and epidemiology seminars at the University of Cambridge and was involved in running the final MB exam. I was also a clinical supervisor to medical students at Newnham and Sidney Sussex colleges.

In 2014, I was selected to be a clinical fellow to the National Medical Director and spent 12 months on secondment at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. I have also worked as a clinical specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission and have been involved in the inspections of several NHS hospital trusts. I have written for several medical magazines and journals including The BMJ and I write a monthly research column in the British Journal of General Practice.

I completed the MRCGP in 2016 and was a recipient of the RCGP Specialty Trainee Award (The Bill Styles Award). I continue work as a GP in the NHS.

Dr Kanika Sharma

Dr Kanika Sharma…

After graduating from UCL Medical School in 2015, I enjoyed teaching medical students during my foundation years in the South Thames Foundation School Trust. I managed to set up a bedside teaching programme for final year students in my FY2 year, which encouraged me to become further involved in medical education.

I am working part time with the Quality Assurance Unit in UCL Medical School and at the North Middlesex University Hospital, where I oversee the UCL students’ and St George’s University students’ educational opportunities.

Coming back to UCL as a Clinical Teaching Fellow is really exciting as there are loads off opportunities to teach, become involved in projects and to contribute in improving students’ educational experience. I will be completing my PGCert in Medical Education this year, which is run with UCL and RCP which is a great way of building my own knowledge of Medical Education.

Dr Tara Stewart

Dr Tara Stewart…

Tara has joined UCL as a Teaching Fellow, focusing on Year 5 of the MBBS curriculum. She has previously taught at Imperial College London and more recently worked in the Department of Primary Care at UCL.

After studying medicine at Cambridge and UCL, Tara completed her GP training in Chichester and moved back to London to work as a salaried GP in Fulham.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Clinical Education at UCL/IOE, and is keen to promote General Practice as a career and to increase its visibility in the undergraduate curriculum.


Past Teaching Fellows

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 Saqib Butt

Dr Saqib Butt…

After gaining a Neuroscience BSc from King’s College London, I trained at St George’s University of London and completed foundation programme training in the North East Thames Foundation School. Following this I moved to the East of England Deanery for Core Medical Training.

During my CMT years, I developed and delivered an “SBA for medical finals” revision programme to medical students throughout the region. This spurred my interest in medical education and led to my joining the Academic Centre for Medical Education as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in August 2014.

My primary area of responsibility is to Years 1 & 2 MBBS students, though I am also involved in teaching MBBS students throughout all year groups, as well as postgraduates on the Training To Teach course.

I have an interest in Clinical Radiology and am a faculty member of the “Communication skills in radiology” course – a collaborative effort between UCL ACME and the London School of Radiology. We are aiming to roll the course out to all London Clinical Radiology Trainees in the very near future.

Dr Hannah Carlin

Hannah pic…

 I joined the team in January 2015. I graduated from Oxford University in 2011 and did my Foundation years in North Central Thames, but after completing FY2 decided to expand my horizons by working for a year in New Zealand's beautiful South Island- a wonderful and different experience which I would highly recommend!

As a student and Foundation trainee I participated in various bedside teaching schemes, delivered a course in introductory examination skills and worked as a facilitator for the Royal Free's interprofessional student simulation training. I was inspired by these experiences to take my interest in Medical Education further with a PGCert and am delighted to be joining the CTF team on my return to the UK.

I'll be mainly working with the GMC team to organise question writing, standard-setting and piloting for the Tests of Competence, but will also be involved with fourth year teaching and assessment, and the Training to Teach course. My eventual next step will be Core Medical Training but as I progress through my career I hope to keep Medical Education as a significant part of my life and work, and the CTF team are an amazing support and inspiration in this respect. 

Dr Louise China

I graduated from UCL Medical School in 2006 where my teaching interest began as a PALS tutor. As a North Thames Gastroenterology trainee I continued to have strong medical school links completing TIPS 1,2 & 3 and being involved in undergraduate teaching. I worked full time at UCL Medical School as a CTF from September 2013 - 2014 taking a year out from my clinical training. My main responsibilities were:

  • Student and Postgraduate assessment (including patient recruitment)
  • Supporting the UCL student ePortfolio
  • Social Media Projects such as Twitter ‘QUCLMS’
  • Supporting MedSoc Peer led teaching
  • Training to Teach (TtT)
  • Promoting student involvement in Quality Improvement
  • Multimedia resources for MRCP PACES exams

In Medical Education my main interests are developing high quality Practical Skills training and much of my work thus far has been in General Medicine and Endoscopy Training and assessment. In 2014 I completed my MSc in Medical Education at UCL & the RCP with my research dissertatoin focussing on legitimate participation of medical students facilitating learning.

In postgraduate medicine I am a course organiser for the IBD, Hepatology & Nutrition courses at UCLH & The Royal Free Hospital and am the NE Thames trainee's representative for the British Society of Gastroenterology. I am now undertaking a full time 3 year research fellowship in Hepatology at UCL prior to re entering clinical training and will continue to teach & tutor at UCLMS.

If you would like to get in contact regarding any of the above please email me at louise.china@ucl.ac.uk.

Dr Nadir Chowdhury

Dr Nadir Chowdhury…

I graduated from UCL Medical School in 2013 and went on to complete my Foundation training in the North East Thames deanery. I joined the UCL Clinical Teaching Fellow team in August 2015.

My interest in Medical Education began in my first year at medical school having participated in many of the near-peer tutoring schemes. This interest was further harnessed through completion of the Teaching Improvement Project System (TIPS) course as part of a SSC. Throughout my time at medical school, I was heavily involved in the Target Medicine project (UCL Medical School’s widening participation scheme). I was Student Lead of Target Medicine during the transition to the current university-based format.

During my time as a Foundation trainee, I was involved in bedside and practical skills teaching to a wide range of medical students. I was also able to design and participate in running mock OSCEs for students in the run up to their exams.

My particular interests lie in widening participation, practical skills teaching and professional development. In my current role as a CTF, I will be involved in teaching clinical skills to medical students across all years and I will also be working on projects involving the Year 5 cohort.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching football and love all things related to Arsenal FC!

Dr Charlotte Cliffe

charlotte cliffe…

I finished medical school at Bristol University in 2014 and made the move to London for foundation years. I completed F1/F2 within Imperial NHS trust and was heavily involved in ward-based and lecture based teaching during this time. While working at St Mary’s Hospital and Imperial’s Academic Primary care and Public health department I co-developed a new curriculum piece and gained fellowship of the HEA. I am finishing off a part time MA in medical ethics and law and aside from medical education I have interests in the medical humanities, mental health, medical ethics and children’s health. My CTF role at UCL is a mixture of postgraduate clinical education teaching and quality assurance, as well as fifth year medical student teaching.

Dr Flora Daley


I joined UCL in October 2013 after completing Core Surgical training in the London and I’m enjoying a year off nights and weekends on-call! I was a medical student in Nottingham and graduated in 2009 but I grew up in London so was drawn back to the capital for foundation training. I have always had a keen interest in medical education after being inspired by good teachers during my training. I am currently completing my post-graduate certificate but would like to carry this on to masters level.

My role at UCL is split with Luton where I look after the final year medical students. I also work for the Quality Assuarance Unit and help out in the anatomy department when I can. I’m also on the editing team for the UCLMS staff newsletter. Outside of work I like to keep active, enjoy playing the violin and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. If you’d like to get in touch my e-mail is f.daley@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 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 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 Irene Gafson

Dr Irene Gafson…

I joined the UCL Clinical Teaching Fellows in March 2015. Meeting the team at the TiME Conference in 2014 helped to spur my interest in joining.

I graduated from Nottingham Medical School in 2007. I then moved back to London for my foundation training. I am currently on an OOPE before commencing my final year of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Since foundation training, I have always been keen to increase my involvement in medical education. I reached a point where I felt it was necessary to have a more formal role in education. I hope that through my work in the UCL Quality Assurance Unit, involvement with Year 5 medical student teaching and being a postgraduate tutor, I can gain further skills in assessment, mentorship and feedback.  All this work is complementing my progression towards a masters in Clinical and Professional Education.

Dr Mel Gardner

I graduated from UCL in 2006 and have worked in London since then. Apart from 6 months at Chase Farm Hospital, I've conveniently managed to keep all my hospital placements along the Northern Line: Barnet General Hospital, UCLH, Royal Free Hospital and GP training at the Whittington Hospital. I completed my registrar year at Killick Street Health Centre, a GP practice in King’s Cross in Central London.

I’ve taken part in various teaching activities as a medical student and junior doctor, notably setting up the Sexpression SSC with colleagues, being a PALs tutor and doing an FY2 placement in Medical Education at ACME. I’m very happy to be back at ACME working part-time as a Clinical Teaching Fellow, and I hope to always continue working in medical education alongside my clinical work in future too.

I'm Deputy Lead for Target Medicine, a UCL Medical School Widening Participation project, and I'm academic lead for TIPS teaching courses run by the TPDU. I am also responsible for developing the Health Informatics curriculum, as well as contributing to the Ethics and Law elements. I also work part-time as a GP in North London.

Contact: melissa.gardner@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Alice Garrett 

Dr Alice Garrett…

After graduating from Cambridge University Medical School, I decided to venture to the big city and did my Foundation training in the North East Thames deanery. I then completed my Core Medical Training in North Middlesex University Hospital.

I have always taken a strong interest in medical education, being an associate clinical supervisor and preparing for patients facilitator whilst at medical school, as well as being heavily involved in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and events after qualifying. I am very excited to be joining the CTF team at UCL, where I look forwarded to further developing my teaching skills and working with this enthusiastic team. My role is split between Basildon and Thurrock University Trust, where I will help to coordinate and facilitate undergraduate and postgraduate training, and UCLMS, where I will primarily be working on the final year MBBS programme. As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I will also be working towards my PGCert MedEd on the RCP/UCL course.

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 Beth Good


Hi! I have recently finished a masters in postgraduate medical education at UCL / Royal College of Physicians and joined the CTF team in August 2013 to support education in years 1-3.

My CTF year is an OOPE (out of programme experience) year out from my training in Acute Medicine; and I work part-time because my other job is mum to my five year old son!

My particular interest within education is looking at ways to give context to the basic sciences. I have developed a teaching method called SimPhys (simulated physiology) which uses a high fidelity SimMan to work through a real-time clinical case but focusing on the physiology that is underlying the observed signs and symptoms.

If you are interested in any of the above, or want to talk about options for flexible working within clinical medicine or education, then please feel free to email me...

Dr Naomi Gostelow

Naomi Gostelow…

I joined the UCL CTF team in August 2016 after only 2 years away from the medical school. Having graduated in 2014 I completed my Foundation Training in the North central London Deanery. My enthusiasm for teaching began training novice coxes in the RUMS boat club which soon became delivering revision tutorials for the younger years. It was during my final year PALS SSC that I became more aware of the world of post-graduate medical education and the role of Clinical Teaching Fellows.

Since graduating I have delivered twilight teaching, been a Case of the Month Tutor and also a regional Situational Judgement Test preparation course. With a lot of organisation (and a little bit of soul-selling for rota swaps) I managed to complete my PG Cert MedEd during my FY2 and am looking forward to working towards the diploma this year.

My role as a CTF is in Clinical and Professional Practice which has changed in both name and form since I was at medical school! I am looking forward to continuing the work of my predecessors in making the resources and assessments engaging for students and getting stuck in with some teaching myself. In addition I will be helping develop and pilot assessments for Year 4 and taking over Year 4 Case of the Month. I’m thrilled to be back at UCL and part of this brilliant team, it already feels like I never left….

Dr Megan Griffiths

Dr Megan Griffiths…

I joined UCL as a CTF in August 2015 shortly after returning from an FY2 abroad in Wellington, New Zealand. This was a nice change of pace from London life after studying at Imperial and doing my FY1 in North West Thames but I am equally excited to be back home and throw myself into some new projects.

I developed a passion for teaching at medical school but this only really started to come to fruition when I started working. Involving myself with different projects in my FY1 including organising specialty revision days with Imperial Med Ed and taking on bedside teaching wherever possible, earning me a Local Teaching Hero Award over the course of the year. It was interesting to see the contrast in the education approach in New Zealand with very little near-peer interaction. During my time there I lead a project to help smooth the transition into new roles and orientate new juniors to their departments as well as engaging in pharmacology and clinical skills teaching at the University of Otago.

In my role as a CTF I am working with the Clinical and Professional Practice module leads to develop resources and assessments as well as getting involved in the CPP teaching where I can. I am continuing the work already established with UCL Computer Sciences on a practical prescribing application and will be involved with supporting the PALS projects.

In my spare time I like to get involved with outdoor activities and am a keen cyclist (I say keen, not good but definitely enthusiastic if nothing else). Any questions, suggestions, cycling tips… feel free to drop me an e-mail: megan.griffiths@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Chrishan Gunasekera


I graduated from UCL Medical School and spent my Foundation Years in the London Deanery. I have always been enthusiastic about teaching and have encompassed several roles.

As a fourth year medical student, I co-founded a peer assisted teaching examination course where 2nd year clinical students taught 1st year clinical students in an OSCE based scenario which ran successfully over 3 years. As an FY1, I created a clinical examinations course which spanned over 12 weeks at the Royal Free Hospital. I also lead the final year SSC seminar and bedside teaching. Being an FY2 in Basildon, I organised a simulation based teaching course for Foundation Trainees delivered by consultants. I was also a Case of the Month and Cardiometabolic patient pathway tutor.

Currently, I am a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Royal Free Hospital and I split my time equally between clinical work and teaching. I am in charge of the Twilight Teaching and Final Year teaching at the Royal Free alongside my other role as Senior Case of the Month tutor. In my spare time, I am currently studying for my Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education.

Contact: c.gunasekera@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 Karim Keshwani

Dr Karim Keshwani…

Having enjoyed a productive year as a CTF between my foundation and core medical training years, I decided to return for another year at ACME, although you could say that I never really left!

I was previously involved in a number of undergraduate projects, from preparing interactive small-group and bedside teaching sessions, to writing cases for online modules and supervising student projects.

My main interest now, however, lies in postgraduate training and assessment, working with the GMC to design Test of Competence exams, as well as delivering postgraduate courses at ACME.

My education research for the MSc in Medical Education is based on the GMC project and I continue to work in acute medicine to keep up with the latest on the shop floor!

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 Rumana Lasker

Dr Rumana Lasker…

I joined the clinical teaching fellow team in August 2015 having completed my foundation training. I graduated from UCLMS in 2013 and couldn’t stay away for too long!

I was first introduced to medical education as a final year PALS tutor and have loved it ever since. As a foundation year 1 doctor I was appointed made a junior clinical teaching fellow at Princess Alexandra Hospital. It was a great opportunity to get involved with teaching and introduce new teaching innovations- but it quickly became clear that managing a full time clinical job alongside a junior clinical teaching fellow post was going to be a hard juggle. From then on I knew I wanted to pursue a full-time medical education job, and here I am.

My post is brand new and was created between the North Middlesex Hospital and UCL Medical School, with my time split between the two. At the North Middlesex I’m involved with delivering and managing undergraduate teaching, mainly for final years, as well as being involved with the post-graduate curriculum. At UCLMS I’m going to be working on the Person Centre Approach and integrating this into the curriculum.

It’s an exciting to post to be in as no one has ever done it before, so I’m free to create my own role with the support of this brilliant CTF team. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in my year here. 

Dr Zaheer Mangera

Zaheer Mangera…

I graduated from UCL Medical School in 2006 and started my foundation training programme at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital.   I introduced a near-pear teaching programme involving FY1s teaching final year students at Basildon Hospital, receiving a UCL Top Teacher Award (2007).

I continued my teaching commitments at North Middlesex Hospital, developing a data interpretation course and subsequently became an honorary clinical teacher at UCL Medical School.  I worked with Paul McGovern to develop the final year revision website. 

I became a clinical training fellow in October 2013 as an out of programme experience from my specialist respiratory training.  I currently work with vertical module leads to develop new teaching resources and assessments.  I am also lead for a special study module ‘speak of donation’ which involves training medical students to go into schools to raise awareness about organ donation.   I have a research interest in medical student professionalism, feedback in medical education and compassion in health care.  I am also involved in postgraduate training including running the MRCP PACES exam hosted by UCL Medical School. 

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.

Dr Doug McKechnie


I am a proud UCL alumnus, having graduated from UCL in July 2014. Following that, I spent my foundation years in the North East Thames Foundation School, where I was able to get involved in several educational projects, including designing a simulation programme at Southend Hospital, developing a national Situational Judgement Test revision course with two friends (and fellow UCL grads), and helping out with clinical skills teaching at Barts & The London.

My interest was piqued by the opportunity to return to UCLMS and dedicate my time to teaching, so I am delighted to join the team here, where I’ll be working primarily on the early years of the MBBS curriculum, helping to ensure that the early year experience meets the high standards of the medical school.

Outside of work, my interests include travel (highlights of 2016 were Iceland and Japan), cooking, swimming, weightlifting, and wine tasting.

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

Dr Sarah Needleman

Sarah Needleman…

I joined the clinical teaching fellow team in September 2015. I am presently in the final year of training as a Clinical Oncology SPR.

I was involved in the first PALS pilot project in 2001, as an undergraduate at UCL.  Following graduation in 2002 I have continued an interest in medical education regularly teaching and examining undergraduates and postgraduates. I was awarded an Education fellowship at the Royal College of Radiologists in March 2015 where I have been working on a postgraduate education project for Oncologists in conjunction with the University of Dundee. In addition I was awarded a Leadership, Management and Education fellowship at UCLP in 2015. I am currently studying for my PG cert in Education.

At UCL I am working as the Postgraduate Teaching fellow predominantly working on the Masters Medical Education course. In addition I am working with the Year 5 undergraduates.

I am working on a part time basis and when not at work I am a mum to 3 wonderful boisterous boys.

Dr Helen Nolan

Helen Nolan…

I joined the UCL Clinical teaching fellows team in Sept 2014. I moved to London to gain further experience in medical education. I had recently completed my GP training in Ireland. As well as working in General practice, I was tutoring in a Graduate Entry Medical School in the University of Limerick (facilitating PBL, Clinical Skills). I thoroughly enjoyed this work & it whetted my appetite to explore medical education further. This post in UCL seemed like an exciting opportunity!

I studied medicine in Trinity College Dublin. After intern year, I started my GP training on the Mid-west GP training scheme, which I really enjoyed. I enjoy the variety in general practice – you never know what problem your next patient might come to you with. As GPs we are the first point of contact. We enjoy the privilege of continuity of care & can develop enduring therapeutic relationships with patients & their families.

I’m looking forward to exploring the aspects of my new post & working with the rest of the team & the students. I’m also keen to explore London further!

Dr Eleana Ntatsaki

Eleana Ntatsaki…

I joined the UCL Clinical Teaching Fellows team in August 2012. I have just completed my 3rd year of specialist training in Rheumatology but have always had an interest in Medical Education. As a medical student at the University of Patras (Greece) I facilitated peer-assisted learning and mentoring. I then joined Imperial College and Hammersmith Hospital for a year as a clinical research fellow and following that completed my Foundation and Core Medical Training at the East of England Deanery where I took up a formal role in facilitating and organising teaching as an Associate College Tutor of the Royal College of Physicians. During my clinical rotation in District and University hospitals, I have taught undergraduate students from various medical schools (mainly Cambridge University and UEA) appreciating the varied approaches to learning within traditional and PBL-based curricula. I have also continuously contributed to postgraduate medical teaching and teaching of other allied health professionals and nurses.

I am currently studying for a Masters degree in Medical Education, which has introduced me to contemporary educational theories and the methodology of educational research. My research interests are broad but I am most interested in workplace-based learning and the development of assessment tools that capture informal learning.

Another focus is in evaluating and exploring reasons for underperformance both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As a CTF I am mainly involved with the GMC project and the Test of Competence exams for doctors, but also with ongoing projects within ACME and the UCL Medical School. Outside medicine, I enjoy music and dancing (salsa and argentine tango); hence I am enthused to be returning to London as I also look forward to catching up with the vibrant dance, music and theatre scene.

Dr Sarah Pocknell

Sarah Pocknell…

I graduated from UCL in 2014 and completed my Foundation Training in the North Central Thames deanery.

My interest in medical education first started in Final year when I joined the PALS SSC. I really enjoyed this SSC and working closely with the Clinical Teaching Fellows inspired me to apply for a role as a CTF myself. I got involved in teaching undergraduates during my Foundation Training, but wanted to be able to dedicate more of my time to medical education. 

My job is split between the North Middlesex University Hospital and UCL. My days at the North Middlesex are spent organising and delivering teaching to UCL and SGU (Grenada) medical students and supporting the junior doctors involved with this teaching.

At UCL, I am the Person Centred CTF and will be undertaking projects in Patient & Public Involvement. I am really excited about the opportunity to evolve the medical curriculum, with person-centredness at its heart. This will hopefully improve both the student and the patient experience of medical education

Dr Nimesh Shah


I joined the CTF team in August 2015 after graduating from UCL and completing my foundation programme in the North Central Thames Foundation School.

My interest in Medical Education started as a first year where I taught sex education to GSCE students. I continued this by becoming heavily involved with Target Medicine (a student led widening participation programme by UCLMS). I continued teaching throughout my foundation years as a Twilight Tutor and assisted in organising a number of OSCEs.

My role is focussed on Years 1-3 students where I assist on assessments, teaching and developing the curriculum. I also am involved with teaching in other parts of the MBBS curriculum and on the Training to Teach course. My main interests in Medical Education are in widening participation and the use of social media in medical education (follow us @ACMEatUCL). I am also studying towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education with the Royal College of Physicians/UCL.

My interests outside medicine are all things tech, music and photography.

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

Dr Chris Valerio

Chris Valerio…

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh medical school in 2004. I worked in Leeds and Cambridge before moving to London. I am currently out of programme from the North East Thames respiratory training programme. In a previous job at the Royal Free I took up a teaching role with UCL and received a top teacher award. I was keen to come back to UCL and to work in medical education. I became a clinical teaching fellow in October 2015 and also enrolled in the RCP postgraduate certificate in medical education.

As a teaching fellow I am involved in delivering postgraduate courses and year 4 of the medical curriculum. My role within the GMC unit of the ACME is to devise assessments of competence, develop and validate new questions for future use across all specialties

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.

Dr Beth Walker


I am a UCL Medical School graduate and completed my Foundation Training in the North Central Thames Deanery.  My interest in teaching started as a PALS tutor in my final year at UCL and now, a few years on, I am organising the PALS SSC! 

During my Foundation Training I was heavily involved with a number of undergraduate teaching programmes, including leading the FY1 provided teaching for final year UCL students at Basildon Hospital.  I started work as a UCL Clinical Teaching Fellow in August 2013 prior to entering specialist training.  I am currently studying for my Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at the Royal College of Physicians/UCL, having completed my PG Cert in Medical Education during my FY2 year.  

My interests in Medical Education are fairly diverse, but I'm especially interested in near-peer teaching and critical care teaching for undergraduates.  My role as a CTF is partly based at the Bloomsbury CSC where I am working as a clinical skills tutor for UCL medical students Years 1 - 6.  This year, I am also the lead organiser for the Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) SSC, a Year 1 Vertical Module tutor, a Senior Case of the Month tutor and a facilitator on the Training to Teach course.     

Please get in touch if you have any interest in any of the above! (bethan.walker@ucl.ac.uk)