Dr Koshila Kumar

Senior Lecturer (Clinical Education Development)

Prideaux Ctr for Res in Hlth Professions Education

Research expertise

Koshila is passionate about supporting health professionals from across professions, teaching settings, eductional roles, and career stages nurture their educational expertise and identity.

Research expertise

Koshila is passionate about supporting health professionals from across professions, teaching settings, eductional roles, and career stages nurture their educational expertise and identity.

place Flinders Medical Centre (5E 221.5)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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's is an experienced qualitative researcher and her main areas of work are faculty development and curriculum and pedagogy in the health professions. She is the recipient of several traditional and non-traditional grants for her work in faculty development and curriculum, and she publishes and presents widely in this space.

Koshila 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.

Qualifications

2012: PhD, The University of Sydney

My doctoral work explored health researchers' experiences of interdisciplinarity within the higher education setting. This was a phenomenological study that was informed by theoretical perspectives of identity. This was a journey of surprises as this work started with a focus on how researchers collaborate across discipline, but there was a shift towards how researchers within health constructed their identity within higher education, and specifically in the context of interdisciplinary research. The main finding of my research was that interdisciplinary research is a conflicted and contested space (and way of being) in which researchers’ identities are challenged and negotiated primarily due to a fundamental tension between their professional and personal values. My thesis illustrated health researchers' paradoxical experience of interdisciplinarity as both enabling and disabling and the identity work that they engaged in to negotiate their identity conflicts. My doctoral work points to the importance of how researchers (or anyone engaged in interdisciplinary work) in the higher education setting are supported to negotiate their identity as they collaborate, work, and learn across discipline boundaries.

2003: Master of Arts (Education) (Hons), The University of Auckland

2000: Bachelor of Arts (Educational Psychology), The University of Auckland.

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016: Choice Critics Award for exceptional contribution as a peer reviewer, Medical Education
  • 2016: Vice Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching (Team Award-Master of Clinical Education), Flinders University
  • 2015: Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Team Award-Master of Clinical Education), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
  • 2015: Kumar K, Greenhill J & Schoo A. How do participants of professional development programs in health professions education negotiate and construct learning: from classroom to workplace. Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Research Grant.
  • 2015: Kumar K. How do participants of professional development programs in health professions education negotiate and construct learning: from classroom to workplace. Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Establishment grant, Flinders University.
  • 2013: Kumar K and Greenhill J. Evaluation of the ClinEdSA Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP). ClinEdSA evaluation consultancy.
  • 2012: Eley D et al. GAMSAT – beyond predictive validity: an exploration of acceptability, educational impact and political validity. GAMSAT Consortium. 
  • 2010 - 2012: University of Sydney Postgraduate Scholarship (UPA)
Key responsibilities
  • Strategic educational leadership
  • Leading continuous quality improvement
  • Mentoring and capacity building in health professions education
Research expertise
Curriculum and pedagogy
Health professional education
Medical education
Research interests
  • Qualitative research
  • Faculty development/ capacity building
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Highstakes decision making in the context of selection
Teaching interests
  • Curriculum and pedagogy in the health professions
  • Qualitative research in health professions education
  • Leadership, change and complexity in health professions education
  • Interprofessional learning and education
Topic coordinator
HLED9113A Research Project in Clinical Education 1
HLED9113B Research Project in Clinical Education 2
HLED9106 Leadership and Change for the Health Professions
Supervisory interests
Career development
Clinical education
Complexity theory
Curriculum development
Faculty development
Health professional education
Interprofessional collaboration
Interprofessional education
Medical education, teaching and learning
Medical student career choice
Medical student education
Professional identity
Qualitative research
Student selection and admissions
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Interprofessional education (1)
Associate supervisor: Social accountability in health professions education (1), Clinical education (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Mark Neill

ANZAHPE Post-Graduate Student Prize in Health Professional Education - MAR 2015

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