Ben Kumwenda

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Ben is a Lecturer in Medical Education. He first joined the University of Dundee, School of Medicine in 2009 where he worked as a Research Administrator within undergraduate medicine team. He was involved in a number of research studies, managing medical school admissions data, as well as coordinating the electives programme. Later he moved to Aberdeen University where he completed a PhD in Medical Education at the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation (CHERI). His research used the UK Medical Education Database (UKMED) to examine the career progression of doctors from widening access backgrounds. He is one of the first researchers to publish using the UKMED Ben re-joined Dundee University, Centre for Medical Education in 2019. He is the deputy lead for several modules on Master’s in Medical Education and supports postgraduate students with dissertations.


Kumwenda B, Cleland JA, Prescott GJ, Walker K, Johnston PW. (2019). Relationship between sociodemographic factors and specialty destination of UK trainee doctors: a national cohort study. BMJ Open 9(3).

Kumwenda B, Cleland JA, Prescott GJ, Walker K, Johnston PW. (2018). Geographical mobility of UK trainee doctors, from family home to foundation training posts: a national cohort study. BMC Medical Education 2018;18(1):314.

Kumwenda B, Cleland JA, Prescott GJ, Walker K, Johnston PW. (2018).  Relationship between sociodemographic factors and selection into UK postgraduate medical training programmes: a national cohort study. BMJ Open 8(6).

Kumwenda B, Cleland J, Greatrix R, MacKenzie RK, Prescott G. (2018). Are efforts to attract graduate applicants to UK medical schools effective in increasing the participation of under-represented socioeconomic groups? A national cohort study. BMJ Open 8(2).

Kumwenda B, Cleland JA, Walker K, Lee AJ, Greatrix R. (2017). The relationship between school type and academic performance at medical school: a national, multi-cohort study. BMJ Open 7(8).

Kumwenda B, Dowell J, Merrylees N, Daniels K. (2015). Medical electives in developing countries – a host perspective. Medical Education 49(6): 623-633.

Kumwenda B, Ryan D, Ringsell P, Dowell J. (2014). Western medical students’ experience on clinical electives in low-income countries. Medical Education 48(6): 593-603.

Kumwenda B, Dowell J, Husbands A. (2013) Is embellishing UCAS personal statements accepted practice in applications to medicine and dentistry in the UK? Medical Teacher 35: 599-603.

Dowell J, Lynch B, Till H, Kumwenda B, Husbands A. (2012) The Multiple Mini-Interview in the UK Context: Three Years of Experience at Dundee. Medical Teacher 34(4): 297-304.

Dowell J, Lumsden MA, Powis D, Bore M, Kumwenda B, Makubathe B. (2011) Predictive validity of the personal qualities assessment for selection of medical students in Scotland. Medical Teacher 33(9): e485-e488.