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Dr Rakesh Patel

Appointment in the School of Medicine

Dr Rakesh Patel has been appointed as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education in the Department of Medical and Social Care Education.

After obtaining his MBChB, Rakesh received postgraduate medical training at Leicester in 2002, and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005. Soon after, he began specialist training in renal medicine in the Department of Nephrology at Leicester General Hospital. During this training, Rakesh became interested in medical education and started a distance learning Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee. He explored for his thesis the phenomenon of failure from the 'struggling' medical student’s perspective. His research earned him the New Researcher of the Year 2011 award of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

Rakesh also completed a professional doctorate (MD) within his specialist medical training. His research was on using virtual patients, created using web-based simulation, for exploring clinical reasoning processes (www.le.ac.uk/badger). Rakesh was awarded the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Grant Thornton Prize at the University of Leicester Festival of Postgraduate Research 2011 and the Association for the Study of Medical Education's EDG Education Innovation Award 2012 in recognition of this research study.

Rakesh is a trained Egan mentor and part of the East Midlands Deanery Mentoring Development Group. He is also a Resuscitation Council Advanced Life Support Instructor and provides teaching for medical students, Foundation Doctors and Core Medical Trainees in Leicester.

During his new lectureship, Rakesh will be working within the Scholarship and Research Unit at the Medical School, where he will pursue his research interests in the area of medical education: clinical reasoning (problem solving and decision-making), academic underperformance and technology-enchanced learning, specifically through the use of web-based, mobile or social media.

Rakesh is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and the International Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and the Renal Association. He is also a founder member of the Academy of Medical Educators and part of the Early Careers Working Group within this professional organisation.

Recently Rakesh was successful in obtaining a grant from the 2012 ASME Small Grant fund for the production of open educational resources for developing mentoring skills. The title of his project is "Developing an old head for young shoulders - what is the impact of supporting medical students to produce their own web 2.0 learning resources for developing mentoring skills?"

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