BMJ Learning's advisory board

BMJ Learning has a highly experienced group of advisers, who meet regularly to help the team provide the best quality education.

Parveen Kumar: Professor of Education and Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College

Professor Parveen Kumar qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, University of London. She has been President of the British Medical Association and has held several offices at the Royal College of Physicians. She was a founding non-executive director on the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) board and chairwoman of the Medicines Commission UK. She is a senior examiner for the MRCP, and also examines for the MBBS. She still practises clinically as a physician and gastroenterologist, and teaches at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Kumar was awarded CBE for Services to Medicine in 2000.

Elisabeth Paice: Acting Director of Medical and Dental Education at NHS London

Professor Elisabeth Paice is Acting Director of Medical and Dental Education at NHS London. She studied medicine first at Trinity College Dublin and later at Westminster Medical School. She was chairwoman of the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans from July 2006 to July 2008.

Mark Doughty: Independent consultant, coach, and facilitator

Mark Doughty works independently as a consultant, coach, and facilitator, supporting and coaching finance sector staff with disabilities, developing programmes for patient and community representatives, and coaching and facilitating on leadership and management development programmes for senior staff in Youth and Children Services. He previously worked as a learning and development manager in primary care, a senior lecturer in a tertiary college, and head of department in a community college. He represents the patient voice, informed by his personal experiences of living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Susan Bews

Susan Bews is honorary treasurer of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, is on the Solicitors Regulation Authority Board and sits on disciplinary panels for barristers and surveyors. She previously worked in general practice before joining the pharmaceutical industry, working in research and medical director roles. At various times she had responsibility for regulatory work and clinical trials in Scandinavia and the Commonwealth. She served on the Medicines Commission for a number of years, was chairwoman of the ABPI Medical Committee, and has been on the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Appeal Board for over 20 years. She is a former president of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Mrudula Phadke

Mrudula Phadke is a visiting scientist at the Haffkine Institute for Training, Research and Testing, in Parel, Mumbai. He is also an adjunct professor at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, in Nashik. He was vice-chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences until December 2009. He has also worked as an adviser to the Government of Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society as a consultant for UNICEF, and as a member of the WHO Vaccine Safety Committee.