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Jane Dacre

Dame Jane Elizabeth Dacre, DBE is a British rheumatologist and medical scholar. She is Professor of Medical Education at University College London, director of UCL Medical School, and past medical director of the MRCP(UK) exam. In April 2014, she was elected to succeed Sir Richard Thompson as President of the Royal College of Physicians of London.[1] She had previously served as Academic Vice President of the College.[2] In 2018 Andrew Goddard was elected as her successor; she served as president until 26 September 2018.[3]


She studied at the University College Hospital Medical School, graduating with a medical degree in 1980.[4] She trained in rheumatology at St Bartholomew's Hospital and now practices at the Whittington Hospital in North London. She has made contributions to the physical examination of the musculoskeletal system and developed an interest in medical education.[4][5]

Her more recent work has included study of the performance of doctors at postgraduate exams, including the influence of gender[6] and ethnic background.[4][7] She was formerly a member of the General Medical Council from 2009-12.[4]

Accolades and honoursEdit

She was reckoned by the Health Service Journal to be the 46th most influential person in the English NHS in 2015.[8] In May 2018 it was announced that Dacre would be leading a review into the gender pay gap in medicine in the UK.[9][10] In the 2018 Birthday Honours, Dacre was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medicine and medical education.[11]


  1. ^ "Professor Jane Dacre is elected president of the Royal College of Physicians" (Press release). Royal College of Physicians. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Perspective: Jane Dacre". The Lancet. 371 (9631): 2165. 28 June 2008. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60941-1.
  3. ^ "Dr Andrew Goddard wins RCP presidential election". RCP London. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Prof Jane Dacre profile". University College London Institutional Research Information Service. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ Dacre, Jane. "The Development of a New Method of Knowledge Assessment: Tailoring a Test to a Doctor's Area of Practice". Academic Medicine. 84 (8): 1003–7. doi:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181ace774.
  6. ^ Unwin, Emily. "Sex differences in medico-legal action against doctors: a systematic review and meta-analysis". doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0413-5.
  7. ^ Woolf, K. "The mediators of minority ethnic underperformance in final medical school examinations: A longitudinal study". doi:10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02060.x. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  8. ^ "HSJ100 2015". Health Service Journal. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  9. ^ Anonymous (28 May 2018). "Doctors' gender pay gap 'to be eliminated'". BBC News. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "No. 62310". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 June 2018. p. B7.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard Thompson
President of the Royal College of Physicians
Succeeded by
Andrew Goddard