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Medical Educators to discuss the challenges they are facing in 2021 and beyond

The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) is putting the focus on Disrupted Medical Education during its Annual Scholarship Meeting (ASM). The event will be held virtually on 8 and 9 July 2021.

ASME Chair, Professor Sandra Nicholson, said: “This past year has been dominated by loss and disruption and like never before we have seen how medical challenges in one country can affect others. As a consequence, we believe that now is the time to discuss the centrality of medical education and how it needs to be shaped for future generations.”

The ASM will feature four main sessions over the two days. The meeting incorporates single presenters as well as panel discussions.

Professor Nisha Dogra,  Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry Education at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester will address diversity in medical education and the challenges associated with making sustainable changes. International events throughout 2020 and 2021 have increased the urgency to improve diversity education during medical training. Apart from highlighting these, Professor Dogra will share her perspective on how some socio-political contexts complicate the situation and how leadership can help navigate these challenges.

Professor Julia Blitz, Professor of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University will add an international perspective. She will consider issues pertaining to selection for access and redress, as well as the implications that widened participation holds for undergraduate medical programmes, based on her work at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

A panel of senior medical educators including Professor Colin Melville of the General Medical Council, Professor Jacky Hayden of the Academy of Medical Educators and ASME’s own Director of Publications Doctor Kim Walker, will discuss moving away from the current competency-based model of workplace assessments. The educators will ask whether a qualitative approach will be more beneficial when it comes to assessing when a trainee is fit to progress to the next level of training.

A second panel discussion is focussed on the importance of communication for medical education.

With all levels of the medical profession exposed to more public scrutiny than normal throughout the pandemic, the organisers are hoping for lively discussions during the two-day event.

Registration is open to ASME members and non-members. Details can be found here.


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