Professor Mairi Scott

Position: Professor of General Practice and Medical Education, Director of the Professional Development Academy

Address: TCGP

Centre for Undergraduate Medicine

Medical Education Institute

University of Dundee

MacKenzie Building

Kirsty Semple Way



Telephone: +44 (0) 1382 383760



Professor Mairi Scott has been Professor of General Practice and Medical Education at the University of Dundee in the School of Medicine since June 2014 and is the School Lead for Internalization.

She originally joined the University of Dundee as a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and was promoted to Reader at the School of Medicine in 2010.

From January 2009 until December 2012 she was a member of the General Medical Council and from 2003 to 2007 she was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

She is currently the Director of Education for Kuwait Scotland eHealth Innovation Network, a role she's held since 2011.


Mairi is responsible for the University of Dundee MSc in Primary Care which is the educational component of the Scottish School of Primary Care MSc in Primary Care.


  • Wake, D., Goddard, C., Ker, J. and Scott, M. Reflecting in the Middle East: blossoming trees.(2013)The Clinical Teacher, 10: 264–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2012.00642.x
  • N T Conway, R Al Wotayan, A Alkuzam, F F Al-Refaei, D Badawi, R Barake, A Bell, G Boyle, S Chisholm, J Connell, [......], A Judson, C Kelly, J Ker, M Scott, A Shaltout, F Sukkar, D Wake, A Morris, D Sibbald, K Behbehani
  • The Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network (KSeHIN): a sustainable approach to quality improvement in healthcare. Quality in primary care 02/2014; 22(1):43-51.
  • Gillies J, Mercer S, Watt GCM, Scott M, Lyon A. Questionnaire Severity measures for Depression. Br J Gen Pract 2011 May; 61 (586):324-5
  • Scott M. CME: Standing in the Mist of Professionalism. AMEE Guide Supplement Viewpoint, Continuing Medical Education. 35.1. Medical Teacher
  • 2010.
  • Kerr D, Scott M. British Lessons on Health Care Reform, New England Journal of Medicine.Vol 361, Number 11, September 24, 2009. e21(1-3).
  • Scott M. New Era for Medical Education and Training. Primary Care Scotland. May 2010 News p4
  • Scott M, Love T. Pandemic Influenza planning – are you prepared. Nursing in Practice. 47. March/April 2009 p 56-59.

Q & A with Mairi Scott

As a generalist I think I am good at multitasking, prioritising and being very flexible and responsive.  I tend to handle complexity well and this means I have the ability to ‘juggle’ home and work.  I also have great kids who are very accepting that my professional life is important to me too whilst knowing that their needs will always come first. 

The School of Medicine in Dundee is now ranked as the No. 1 School in Scotland and No.4 in the UK.  This is an amazing achievement for such a small school however I believe it is because of the excellent partnership relationship it has with NHS Tayside.  I first came to Dundee over 10 years ago because of that partnership and specifically because  in general practice  Professor Frank Sullivan had, along with GP colleagues developed uniquely strong base in Tayside Centre for General Practice which embraced  undergraduate medicine,  postgraduate medicine ,  specialist training and general practice research.   TCGP brought  together  the best of the my  clinical and my academic world and offered me the privilege of developing  my skills working alongside like-minded colleagues.    

My career has been a ‘messy’ blend  of both clinical practice and medical education .  it spans starting out as a GP with additional roles as a teacher to now being a senior academic in a fantastic medical school with an additional role as a GP.  However despite the many highlights along the way,  my being awarded a personal Chair in General Practice and Medical Education absolutely confirmed my belief that both subjects together must be an integrated and  essential part of the future of health care in Scotland and beyond. 

I hope that in the future women continue to be able to bring their essentially feminine qualities into medicine and that then translates into more women being in senior roles within academic medicine.  Ironically however I think one of the challenges in achieving that relates to these same essentially feminine qualities; women often tend to hold back when opportunities present and as a result can be overlooked in relation to career progression.  We need to teach our daughters not to hold back and to always ‘sit at the table’ alongside their male colleagues. 

Someone who has clarity of purpose, commitment,  passion, flexibility and humility.  

I try to be organised in the day, so that I can get home at a reasonable time to share quality time with my partner and baby girl. Sometimes this is not possible, but for the most part I do try.

The variability of it…no two days are ever the same and I love the new challenges that come along almost all the time..some more unexpected than others.  My role however would be a lot less enjoyable if I didn’t work with fantastic people both within the University of Dundee and abroad 

I wish I had worried less about the future and especially I wish I had known how much fun every new challenge would be and that when one thing stopped another would come along almost immediately.  

I had the good fortune of being trained and supported by excellent research leaders that have helped and still do, by sharing their experiences with me.

My PhD advisor Martin Pruschy, was very good at starting my independence and respecting my ideas. My postdoc advisor, friend and mentor to the day, Neil Perkins, made me believe I could do this and supported me to the maximum possible to make it happen.

Additional mentoring by Angus Lamond, Jason Swedlow and Inke Nathke has helped me through the years of running my laboratory and general doing research that I love. In addition, a great number of collaborators have made my research enormously better, and more enjoyable!