Dr Koshila Kumar

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Research Biography

Koshila is a Senior Lecturer in the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education and Coordinator of the postgraduate programs in clinical education (comprising the Master of Clinical Education, Graduate Diploma, and Graduate Certificate). In this role, she provides academic and strategic leadership, undertakes topic coordination and teaching, supervises Research Higher Degree students, engages in research, and designs and delivers workshops for clinicians in the health service. Koshila is passionate about helping health professionals from all professions and disciplines and career stages, nurture and develop their educational expertise, skills set and identity.

Koshila is an experienced qualitative researcher and has published on a range of topics in health professions education including: community-engaged medical education; student selection; career pathways; interprofessional education; faculty development and professional identity. She is an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Education, and peer reviews for a number of journals including Medical Education, Focus on Health Professional Education, Australian Journal of Rural, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Journal of Interprofessional Care, Advances in Health Science Education and The Asia Pacific Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Faculty development/ capacity building
  • Complexity science
  • Community engaged education (longitudinal integrated placements)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Student selection and admissions
  • Career pathways
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interdisciplinary research

Recent/current research projects:

  • How do health professionals undertaking formal educationally-focused professional development conceptualise and enact their learning: from classroom to workplace?
  • A project exploring the political validity of the GAMSAT as a selection tool into medicine with UQ and USyd (completed 2017)
  • Evaluation of the ClinEDSA Clinical Supervision Support Program (completed 2014)
  • National projects on interprofessional education in health funded by the Office of Teaching and Learning (completed 2013)
  • Exploring medical students' learning and socialisation experiences within a community-engaged longitudinal clinical placement (with collaborators at the University of Sydney (completed)


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