Dr Kroll was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at St George's in 2005. Her work centres on student welfare, directly and indirectly.
Dr Kroll oversees the personal tutor system, with particular responsibility for medical students on the five year Medicine MBBS. She supports students both academically and pastorally, oversees staff training and provides an ongoing resource for staff and students.
Her teaching focuses on some of the psychological aspects and emotional demands involved in the study and practice of medicine, and possible pitfalls for students to be aware of.
She moved to St George’s in 2000, to take up a unique five year part-time academic post, the Chadburn Lectureship, which she has written about.
Dr Kroll has a background as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and undertook her Specialist Training flexibly at the Tavistock Clinic. Prior to that, she was on the Royal Free Hospital Psychiatric Training Rotation, which included a six-month attachment in Child Psychiatry at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She graduated in Medicine and Surgery from University College Hospital, London. She no longer practises clinically.
Dr Kroll gives lectures on personal and professional development (PPD) to medical students. Her teaching includes sessions on keeping personal and professional boundaries, dealing with uncertainty in medical decision making, communicating risk, and the Practitioners’ Health Programme (as well as related welfare issues such as sick doctors and self care).
She also gives lectures on the Personal Tutor System to new students, and she trains staff in the Personal Tutor role.
Dr Kroll has a special interest in medical error. She lectures on patient safety to medical students and delivers a joint session to St George's four-year medical students and pharmacy students from Kingston University.
She offers a Student Selected Component (SSC) in Medicine and Literature and she is a personal and professional development portfolio reviewer for medical students in their Penultimate (P) year.
- Kroll L, Singleton A, Collier J, Rees Jones I (2008). Learning not to take it seriously: junior doctors' accounts of error. Medical education; 42:982-990.
- Kroll L, Barnes J, Jones A, Stein A (1998). Cancer in parents: telling children. British Medical Journal; 316:880.
- Barnes J, Kroll L, Burke O, Lee J, Jones A, Stein A (2000). Qualitative interview study of communication between parents and children about maternal breast cancer. British Medical Journal 321: 479-482.
- Lask B, Britten C, Kroll L, Magagna J, Tranter M (1991). Children with pervasive refusal. Archives of Disease in Childhood 66:866-869.
In 2006, Dr Kroll contributed 'Academic medicine and dentistry' to 'Flexible Working and Training for Doctors and Dentists: a Practical Guide' (edited by Ann Hastie, Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press).
She has also written about the Chadburn lectureship for BMJ Careers.
Reports by Dr Kroll include a review of the Personal and Professional Development Theme at St. George's Hospital Medical School, written with Joe Collier in November 2000.
'Too Close to Home' - a consultation to a junior school where a teacher and parent were dying. Presented at the Children and Death 4th international Conference, September 1999 (University of Bristol).
Research Presentation: Communication between mothers newly diagnosed with breast cancer and their children. Presented at the Scientific Meeting at the Tavistock Clinic, March 1999.
Dr Kroll's research interests have been in two main areas. At St George’s she developed an interest in patient safety and interviewed two cohorts of junior doctors about their experience of medical error.
Previously, at the Tavistock Clinic, she investigated how parents who are seriously ill talk to their children about their illness.
Although she is no longer research active, she takes an interest in scholarship relating to student welfare and progression.