Riya George is a Lecturer in Clinical Communication Skills at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary’s University of London and a Postgraduate PhD Psychology Researcher at the University of Leicester. Riya’s PhD involves collaborations with eight healthcare organisations including NHS Employers and aims to support curriculum development and evaluation of diversity education in healthcare educational institutions. Prior to embarking towards a PhD, Riya successfully completed a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology. This experience coupled with working in a variety of mental-health and palliative care settings spurred her to achieve a Masters in Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Riya has a wide range of teaching experience in clinical communication and diversity across the undergraduate medical curriculum in four leading UK medical institutions. Whilst working towards her PhD at the University of Leicester, Riya achieved multiple awards including The Teaching Partnership Award, The Leicester Award and Finalist for Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development Award. Riya has also received multiple prestigious awards outside the University of Leicester for her PhD Research and for the development of innovative teaching material in diversity education, including being a Finalist for the Best Original Research Paper by ASME and her research was nominated to be presented at the Parliamentary House of Commons STEM 2017, achieving her the Silver Award for Biomedical Sciences and was featured on the BBC. Riya continues to be inspired by diversity and clinical communication issues in healthcare and is passionate to promote the quality and excellence of teaching in medical education.