Miss Tostevin was appointed Course Director for Medicine MBBS in November 2013 following seven years leading the development of general and specialist surgical education at St George's. She is also the Course Director for the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Skills course delivered at St George's.
Miss Tostevin studied Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and also holds a first class degree in Biotechnology from King’s College London.
Early surgical training in Oxford, St Thomas’ Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospitals led to a Registrar programme in the South Thames region.
Following the award of a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology, and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, she was awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Otolaryngology and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgical Education at St George's in 2007.
She currently spends half of the week in the medical school with the other half working as an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon and leading the Departments of ENT/Head and Neck and Audiology in St George’s Hospital. This involves managerial responsibility for 18 consultants and 18 surgical trainees, with operational leadership of the hospital department.
Miss Tostevin also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
Previous medical course roles include: Chief Examiner for Part 4 for five years; Basic and Clinical Science Theme Lead; Responsible Examiner for Clinical Finals; T year lead; lead for all surgical teaching in T and P years, lead for the Specialties Attachment; Lead for the medical and surgical teaching programme for P year and Head of the Clinical Teaching Centre. These roles have provided a breadth of knowledge of the medical curriculum and the needs of our students.
Miss Tostevin is also heavily involved in postgraduate education as an Assigned Educational Supervisor for core and higher surgical trainees, an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons and an examiner for the European Board of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
She is an external representative on the medical student progress committee for Imperial College London.
Miss Tostevin has taken over 900 St George's students through the Royal College of Surgeon’s Surgical Skills for Students course. St George's is the only school in the UK to offer this course to all its undergraduates in preparation for clinical practice.
Over the last seven years she has delivered general surgical and ear, nose and throat (ENT) teaching to mainly T and P year students, both as lectures and in the clinical settings of outpatient and theatre.
She has been involved in the blueprinting, organisation and delivery of both written and OSCE examinations in all clinical years of the course since her appointment. She also teaches clinical skills and some Problen Based Learning for the four year medicine degree.
She developed the current consultant delivered Wednesday morning teaching programme for medical and surgical emergencies for P year and has supported many Student Selected Components and elective projects.
She set up the current rotational models for delivery of the surgical attachments for T and P year and developed consultant delivered teaching programme in surgery for T year students which has been running successfully for seven years.
Following the recent General Medical Council visit and periodic review of the Medicine course, her current focus is on development of new clinical attachments to improve the student experience and working towards a more paperless course.
External teaching involves the Royal College of Surgeons as Faculty for undergraduate surgical skills course held at Royal College of Surgeons of England (teaching medical students from Europe and UK). Also faculty on ENT and General Surgical postgraduate courses and ENT events for local GPs.
1. A postgraduate Special study module for Junior Surgical trainees. Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, July 2011 Pai I, Moore-Gillon V and Tostevin P.
2. Management of penetrating neck injuries in a London Trauma Centre. European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology 2013 Siau RT, Moore A, Ahmed T, Lee MS, and Tostevin P.
3. ENT Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties 2010.
4. Pharyngeal trauma in children - accidental and otherwise. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology 1995 Tostevin P, Hollis LJ and Bailey CM.
5. The value of radiological investigations in pre-endoscopic assessment of children with stridor. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology 1995 Tostevin P, de Bruyn R, Hosni A and Evans JNG.
6. Management of the Laryngotracheobronchial Sequelae and Complications of Relapsing Polychondritis.The Laryngoscope 1997 Spraggs PD, Tostevin P and Howard D.
Miss Tostevin collaborates with a team at the University of Nicosia to develop the international surgical teaching programme.
She has developed minimum standards for teaching on all clinical attachments, which have been used on 15 hospital sites in the UK and adapted for use by University of Nicosia.
Miss Tostevin is the author of the Otolaryngology chapter in the Oxford Clinical Handbook Assess and Progress series.
She is also the author of Minimum Standards for Clinical Teachers, a document which is used to guide the performance management of our clinical attachments.
Miss Tostevin received an award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2015 in recognition of her undergraduate surgical teaching.
Miss Tostevin has given international presentations relating to the development of surgical skills in undergraduates.
She received a European Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology Award in 2006.