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Dr Virginia Santiago is a Clinical Lecturer in General Practice based at the School of Medicine at the
University of St Andrews with a primarily research focus.

She trained clinically in Spain, gaining her MBChB in Spain in 2005, and finishing her GP specialty training in Madrid in 2010 with Distinction. She moved to Scotland in 2011 to pursue an academic career. Since then, she has completed a MSc in Primary Care research, a PhD in Medicine at Dundee University, and has completed a postdoctoral period in St Andrews for 2 years. She is now leading her own programme of research at the University of St Andrews, which has a primary focus on
infection epidemiology (including covid-19) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in community settings. She has experience on a wide range of research methods, including evidence synthesis and meta-analysis, intervention development (including trials), intervention / policy evaluation, advanced statistics including time series analysis and spatial epidemiology. She is part of the EU GRIN Network (General Practice Research on Infections), and a member of the Spanish Society of General Practice special interest group on Infectious Diseases.

In addition to conducting primary care research, she teaches on the BSc programme in St Andrews and works part-time as a salaried GP at Pipeland Medical Practice in St Andrews.