ASME ASM 2018: Medical education with a global perspective

11th July 2018
to 13th July 2018
StThe Sage, Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR, UK

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We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting this summer which will be held at at the wonderful and iconic Sage Gateshead venue in Newcastle, UK on the banks of the River Tyne from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th July.
The theme of this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting is “Medical Education with a global perspective” and we are excited to announce that we have a full line-up of FIVE Keynote Speakers from around the world including America, Canada and Africa coming to our shores, bringing a truly international flavour and global perspective to this year’s event!  
Several of our Keynote Speakers will also be delivering Masterclass Sessions for delegates, and don’t miss the chance to join the ever popular “Getting Published” workshop led by the Editors of our Journals, Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher, who are flying in from Australia and Canada to join us!
Key Dates: 
ASME is now open to receive delegate registrations for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2018!
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Please click here to view or download a PDF version of our programmeA hard copy of this programme will be included in delegate bags given to all delegates when they attend the conference
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Professor Philip CottonWinner of The ASME Gold Medal 2018
Philip (Phil) Cotton is well-known to many in UK medical education.  He helped establish The University of Glasgow’s innovative vocational studies programme, was lead for student welfare and was latterly deputy head of the Undergraduate Medical School.  He juggled his teaching and learning commitments with research, working as a GP in a deprived area of Glasgow, volunteering as a doctor for Freedom from Torture (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) and studying for an MSc and PhD.  During his time at Glasgow, Phil was renowned for supporting students in difficulties and mentoring junior colleagues.
His external roles include being a Council member and International Committee member, and Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.  He was a member of ASME’s Executive Board for many years.  He is a Methodist Preacher and is the founding chair of a Scottish fair trade organisation, and Board member of several development charities working in Africa.
Phil was seconded from the University of Glasgow to serve as principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in the University of Rwanda.  He is now Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda and was awarded an OBE for services to education in Rwanda in June 2017.  He describes Rwanda’s progress in reconciling its people and developing its economy as ‘one of the most incredible stories in the world’.
Throughout his career, Phil has focused on the welfare and development of others. His contribution to medical education can be summarised by the Nelson Mandela quote: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” (Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2013).
Professor Susan van Schalkwyk
Susan van Schalkwyk, M Phil, PhD., is Professor in Health Professions Education and Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University.
Apart from providing strategic leadership for the CHPE, she is involved in the supervision of Master’s and PhD students, as well as faculty development activities focussed on enabling the professional learning of academics in their teaching role.
Her research interests cover a range of topics related to teaching and learning, with a specific focus on postgraduate studies.
She is a founding member of the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative, an interdisciplinary, multinational effort to advance global health education worldwide. She is currently a member of the AMEE Research Committee, on the editorial board of MedEdPublish, and an associate editor for The Clinical Teacher and the African Journal of Health Professions Education. She has recently been appointed to the AMEE ASPIRE-to-Excellence International Board. In 2016, she received a National Research Foundation rating and has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Professor Deborah Helitzer
Deborah Helitzer is a professor and Dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU).  Helitzer’s research has focused on health outcome improvements through interventions in communities and in clinical settings.  She has collaborated with researchers studying diabetes, injury prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, and cancer and obesity prevention. 
Prior to joining ASU in August 2017, Helitzer was the Founding Dean of the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico, where she led the development and implementation of the nation’s first undergraduate degree in population health.  Since 2009, Helitzer has also focused her attention on mentor and career development among women faculty in academic medical centres.  She has been an author on more than 80 publications, 3 books and 8 book chapters and has led or significantly contributed to over $65 million of population health research. 
As a collaborator, Helitzer is nationally renowned for her expertise in theory, measurement, logic models, intervention design and evaluation, childhood adversity, health literacy, and patient-provider communication.  She earned her Doctor of Science in international health from The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and a B.A. in communications from Washington University.
Doctor Abi Deivanayagam
Abi is a junior doctor, currently an Academic Foundation trainee in Global Health at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals.  Abi graduated from Newcastle University medical school in July 2017 and intercalated at UCL with a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health in 2016.   
She is passionate about ensuring that all medical students are prepared to be the global doctors with the social responsibility that is required in today’s globalised world.
Most of Abi’s experience is working within student organisations on global health policy and advocacy. During medical school, Abi was part of Medsin-UK (now known as Students for Global Health), a student-led organisation that aims to tackle global health inequity though education, advocacy and community action.
Abi is currently undertaking research surrounding global health Education within the Newcastle curriculum. 
Professor David Sklar
Dr. David Sklar is a Professor in the College of Health Solutions and Advisor to the Provost at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief of Academic Medicine. He is also Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at University of New Mexico where he was a Chair of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean and DIO for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
Dr. Sklar received his medical degree at Stanford University and did an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico and an emergency medicine Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. He was on the faculty of the school of medicine at the University of New Mexico for 37 years teaching, providing patient care and doing research.
His main areas of interest in research have concerned injury prevention, medical education, health policy and ethics. He is particularly interested in how medical education can transform the health care delivery system to provide better health and lower costs. He has published over 200 hundred articles in the medical literature as author or co-author. 
He served in the Senate Finance Committee as part of an RWJF Health Policy Fellowship in 2011 and 2012 and worked on the Affordable Care Act, physician payment and graduate medical education. Upon completion of the fellowship, he was chosen as Editor in Chief of Academic Medicine, the leading journal in health professions education. 
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 Registration Prices
Please note: the deadline for registering online for this conference is 4pm, Monday 2nd July. Please contact  if you need to register after this date.

Days attending
F1 / F2 / PhD student

Whole 3 day conference 

Wednesday and Thursday 

Thursday and Friday 

Wednesday Only 

Thursday Only 

Friday Only 

Annual Dinner

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Conference Papers
In the lead up to the event, various conference papers/resources will be added her which will help you with your preparation for the conference. Links to these documents will be sent to all registered delegates prior to the start of the conference, and as each document is added social media posts will be made to announce each one.
Watch this space – and social media – for information on

Pop Up Events – download the Pop-Up Events brochure to help you plan your conference HERE (Please note that this is a lower res version of the document to make it easier for you to download. Delegates attending the ASM will receive a paper copy of this document in their packs)

Conference Abstracts* – download the Conference Abstracts HERE (It’s 392 pages so don’t press print unless you are sure! If you ordered and paid for a hard copy of this when you registered, please collect this form the ASM registration desk from 8.30am, Wednesday 11th July)

Parallel Session Timetable download the parallel session timetables here 

Wednesday 11th 
Thursday 12th 
Friday 13th 

Conference Papers – Pre and Intra Conference session descriptors and leads, speakers, biogs, social event details can be downloaded here

The Conference App! – information here

*Amendments to Abstracts can be found here 
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Details of the Workshops and Intraconference session at the ASM 2018 can be found here
Due to the available workshop space at the ASM 2018 venue we are unable to offer an open call for submissions for workshops this year.
We will be offering a comprehensive array of workshops and sessions via our Committees, Career and Special Interest Groups and are confident that they will offer something for everyone.
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You can now download the ASM 2018 Pop-Up Event Brochure by clicking here 
Please note that this is a lower res version of the document to make it easier for you to download. Delegates attending the ASM will receive a paper copy of this document in their packs. 
Pop-up submissions are now closed. Thank you for your submissions
Idea sharing, network focused and always collaborative ….
Do you have ideas that you would like to share with others? Perhaps you are looking for research / teaching collaborators? Would you like to develop a new ASME Special Interest Group? This could be ‘YOUR’ event at the conference. This networking opportunity puts you and the room together: you advertise for “guests” with whom you can showcase your ideas and share interests. Follow the instructions below to get your message out. 45 minute slots are available at the ASM on Wednesday and Thursday during the lunch breaks and on Friday at the close of the conferenceFor further information please click on one of the below: Jane Stewart, Director of InnovationsLouise Dubras, Director of Networks 
What do I do next?Step OneComplete the simple online form by the 29th March 2018 to request a slot (We will attempt to accommodate as many requests as possible) Step TwoPrepare a flyer to advertise your event and send it to by the 29th March 2018 (Make it colourful and interesting) Step ThreeFirst thing, on your allotted day, put your flyer on the door of your allocated room (Your event will also be advertised in the conference papers) Step FourBe in the room at the relevant time and engage your colleaguesStep FiveSend feedback on how your event went to SixTake a bow! 
Click here to download or view the ASM 2018 pop-up event flyer
Thank you for your Pop Event Submissions – organisers will be in touch as soon as possible.
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Poster Info
Following an audit at recent ASMs demonstrating improved poster presentation quality, we would like to support authors by providing a checklist tool developed at the 2015 ASM(1).  We hope this tool will enable authors to produce high quality posters to aid in the dissemination of their research findings at the 2018 ASM.
Poster design checklist



Does the poster meet the conference’s display criteria (A0, portrait, see below)?


Is the poster readable at 2 metres (heading 90, subheading 30, text 18)?


Is the progression around poster signposted or allows for natural eye movement?


Has the poster been proof-read for grammar & spelling?


Has appropriate referencing been used?


Is there appropriate use of an academic logo?


Have you ensured there are no copyright issues on material used?


Are contact details (email or postal address) listed?


Is the poster in appropriate typeface?


Is there a text to graphic ratio of 50:50?


1) Gopal A, Redman M, Cox D, Foreman D, Elsey E and Fleming S. (2016) Academic poster design at a national conference: a need for standardised guidance? The Clinical Teacher. doi: 10.1111/tct.12584
Poster board numbers will be sent to corresponding authors prior to the conference – this will indicate the location where your poster should be displayed. If someone else is bringing your poster for you,  please pass this information on to them when it arrives.
Your poster should be attached to the board with Velcro only, which ASME will provide
Dimensions for your poster(s) should be portrait layout with sizes as follows:
The Poster Presentation Session takes place on Thursday 12th July from 12.15-1.15pm. These sessions will be chaired and each poster is to be presented for 3 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A. Please aim to be standing next to your poster during this time slot.
Posters at the ASM 2018 and where to find them: click here
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Getting Here 
It couldn’t be easier, whether you arrive by foot, bike, bus, car, motorbike, coach, taxi, train, plane or even limousine. Sage Gateshead is located on Gateshead Quays between the Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridges. Their distinctive shape makes them impossible to miss.Driving and Parking at Sage Gateshead DrivingFrom the A1(M) / A1:Take the exit signposted (from the South) Gateshead and Newcastle (Centre) A184 or (from the North) Gateshead A184. Keep in the left-hand lane of A184 signposted Gateshead town centre. At roundabout, take third exit, signposted Gateshead town centre. Go straight through two sets of traffic lights. Get into the right hand lane to go straight over at a third set of lights. At the fourth set of lights, turn left onto Oakwellgate and immediately right under the railway bridge up the steep slope into our car park, or second right to the drop-off point, or blue badge parking.From Newcastle Centre:From the Tyne Bridge, go through the pedestrian traffic lights, under the railway bridge and straight across the next traffic lights. At the next lights, take the left signed Gateshead Quays and East Gateshead (NOT the loop signed Consett or Metro Centre).At the first lights with Mecca Bingo on your right, turn left onto Oakwellgate. Stay in the right hand lane under the railway bridge and take first right into our car park or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.From the Swing Bridge:Go straight up Bridge Street, which turns into Cannon Street: as the road bears round to the right, go left for the drop-off point or blue badge parking or follow the road right into Oakwellgate and take the first left to our car park just before the railway bridge.There is a drop-off and collection point at the west door of Sage Gateshead. Car ParkingSage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. (Please note Mill Road car park, situated at the bottom of the steps near the Millennium Bridge, is not operated by Sage Gateshead). Regular Rates:

Up to 30 minute: FREE – go straight to the exit with your ticket.
Up to 1 hour: £1.90
Up to 2 hours: £3.50
3 hours or more: £4.80 – Pre-payment required before entering the building.

If you are staying for 3 hours or more and pre-payment is not made, then an hourly rate of £1.90 will apply to your visit. Pre-payment charges will cover until 6am the following day, at which point an hourly rate of £1.90 will apply.PaymentPayment machines are available at the top and bottom of the car park stairs. You can pay by cash or debit/credit cards. The machines provide change and there is a free cash machine inside the building next to our ticket office.Blue Badge HoldersThere are a number of priority spaces for blue badge holders near the entrances to Sage Gateshead as well as in our car park by the lifts. Parking is free at all times – please go to our Ticket Office with your ticket and registration details. Lost TicketsLost tickets are charged at £20. Please press the information button on the payment machines
The Tyne & Wear Metro    
For more information visit
On foot from Gateshead MetroExit onto West Street. Turn left and walk down to the traffic lights. Turn right onto Askew Road, straight over the traffic lights at the end of the Tyne Bridge and then left at the next traffic lights onto Oakwellgate. Sage Gateshead is on your right. This walk takes about ten minutes. Using a Bus from Gateshead MetroThe bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day and around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves Sage Gateshead. It takes 4 minutes from Gateshead Interchange, with the last return service leaving Sage Gateshead at 12.28am. Other bus information is available from
Other Transport 
Sage Gateshead is easily accessible via a number of different transport options.
CyclingCycle racks are available adjacent to the building. TaxisWe offer a free phone at Coats Desk which connects you directly with the taxi company.Rail Connections The nearest station is Newcastle Central (around three hours to London King’s Cross, one and a half hours to Edinburgh). If you arrive into Newcastle Central Station you can choose to either:

Catch the yellow Quaylink Q1 bus from outside Central Station (about fifteen minutes).
Walk across the Swing Bridge from Central Station (about fifteen minutes). (See Google Map below)
Take a taxi (about eight minutes).
Newcastle International Airport
Sage Gateshead is a twenty-five minute drive from Newcastle International Airport. A direct Metro link is available from the airport to Gateshead Interchange (around 30 minutes); then follow pedestrian signs for Sage Gateshead or catch the yellow Quaylink Q1 bus.
www.newcastleairport.comBus/Coach Quaylink The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves Sage Gateshead. The Quaylink Service 1 (Q1) starts from both Newcastle Central Station and Gateshead Interchange. It takes 10 minutes from Central Station to Sage Gateshead; the last return bus leaves Sage Gateshead at 11.59pm. It takes 4 minutes from Gateshead Interchange, with the last return service leaving Sage Gateshead at 12.28am. Other bus information is available from connectionsNewcastle coach station is operated by National Express and is situated at St James’ Boulevard just a ten minute walk from the Metro at Central Station.  MCM
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Newcastle Gateshead has a variety of accommodation to suit every requirement and budget. Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau have worked closely with local hotels to secure a range of accommodation options at the very best competitive prices.
The special discount rates are only available if you make a reservation through this website using the button above.                                                                    
If you have any questions or require assistance with your booking please contact the convention bureau team on or +44 (0)191 4405757
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Call for Abstracts (Oral and Poster)
You are invited to submit abstracts of papers concerned with research and new concepts in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical and healthcare education, for the Annual Scientific Meeting. One of ASME’s goals is to foster and promote high quality education research and the ASM is an important mechanism in this programme. There are 2 categories of presentation.
1 – Oral Presentation
This section is for new ideas and researchers wishing to have a forum to present their work and receive feedback. The standard format will be to allow 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for comments and feedback. This section will be limited both by quality standards, but also time available, and the assessment panel will award the presentation slots to those submissions of the highest quality.
2 – Posters
Poster presentations are invited for research and innovations that have not been developed to the completeness required for oral presentation. There will be an opportunity for presenters to speak about their posters during the programmed poster session. Poster competitions will be held and you will be given the option to indicate whether or not you wish to be included in the competitions.
Guidelines for submissions:

Submissions may address issues of concern/development at all stages of medical and healthcare education
The abstract should indicate the main conclusions of the paper
The abstract should not be more than 4000 characters in length (excluding title, authors and references)
Whilst we recognise that members may wish to submit abstracts on work in progress, as part of the scoring process, assessors will take into account whether results are included within the abstract
The assessors may consider your paper to be worthy for inclusion in The EDC’s “Pick and mix – innovative, interesting and prize winning work”. This session will be a showcase for innovations in learning and teaching in medical education. If this is the case you will be informed and given the option to accept or not.
There will also be an option to have your submission considered for the Special Interest Group Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) session, which explores TEL activity in medical education. Please use the correct selection on the abstract submission form to indicate your preferences.
You must submit your abstract via the online website submission process (detailed on “Abstract Submission Form” tab)
To download an example abstract, please click here 

Abstract Submission Guidance Video
Please view the video below for more information on creating an interesting abstract:
Quoted references in the paper cited in the abstract should be listed at the end, and the Vancouver reference style should be followed. A panel of assessors will judge submitted abstracts on the following criteria:

Validity of the research design
Importance and relevance of content for a national and international audience

Abstracts (Oral & Poster) Submission Requirements:

All correspondence relating to your submission will be sent to the abstract submitter/corresponding author only
The details you put on the submission form will be used to create your certificate. No changes can be made once your certificate has been issued
The submitter must be the speaker / presenter
All submissions are final on receipt. No amendments will be permitted to your abstract after it has been submitted, therefore please ensure all data, including author and speaker details, is correct at time of submission
If your submission is successful, the speaker must join ASME as individual member if not already an institutional member
The abstract speaker must register and pay the registration fee by the close of the Early Bird deadline of 1st May 2018 (or have registered and made arrangements to pay the registration fee prior to arrival) in order to guarantee inclusion in the programme
Only 1 speaker may be indicated for each abstract (Oral and Poster)
The speaker should be available to present at any time during the conference, no preferences for day/time of presentation can be accommodated due to scheduling complexities
Abstracts that are not accepted in the category to which they were originally submitted, may be considered for presentation in other categories as appropriate. Authors will be informed which category submissions have been accepted in to and given the opportunity to confirm or decline to present

The ASM organising group may vary formats to create themed sessions which will allow for more discussion of papers that address similar issues.
Abstracts of all accepted presentations will appear in the conference papers for the ASM and on our website in the lead up to the conference.
ASM certificates will be provided to delegates within 30 working days from end of conference. Submissions closed at 5pm on 10th January 2018.
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Thank you for your submissions.  Call for abstracts is now closed.Submitters will be notified of the results via email in due course. 
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Best Original Research Paper Award (BORPA) Emma O’Hare for her abstract: Integrating a novel assessment of discharge summary writing into a final-year medical student curriculum: an evaluation of process and outcome’TEL Highly Commended poster: S. Cope, S. Jandal and H Foster for their abstract: Blended Learning Approach to Clinical Skills Teaching: E-learning for Paediatric Gait, Arms and Legs Examination (pGALS)TEL Highly Commended poster: C. Benson, D. Churm, M. Garside, K.Howorth and J.Fisher for their abstract: Can ‘Slacking’ facilitate medical curriculum delivery? A mixed methods exploration in an undergraduate education departmentTEL Best oral presentation: T. Bird, J. Gandhi, M. Harrison, H. Thompson, N. Yousaf, V. Rodwell and N. Court for their abstract: Where do I click ‘Like’: the benefits of online, social-media-enhanced student-created clinical learning materialTEL Highly commended oral: G Murphy and L Byrne-Davis for their abstract: Exploring how experts and novices use ‘just in time’ learning (using mobile technology) in clinical decision makingJASME poster prize: S Wordie and G Aitken for their abstract: Student engagement with an online Masters programme in Clinical EducationTASME poster prize: Timothy Chu for his abstract: Improving Undergraduate Medical Education: The Surgical Skills for Students CourseTASME Teaching Innovation and Excellence Prize: Thomas Judd for his abstract: Virti education platform. Fully immersive interactive 360 degree videos on your smartphoneASME Poster prize ASM 2018: S Allsop, J Howarth, F de Vocht, T Thompson, E Lloyd and J Henderson for their abstract: The Conference Concept: a novel assessment approach for year 1 medical studentsCongratulations to all the award winners. 
{tab Plenary speaker presentations to download}To download a presentation click on one of the below links: 
Abi Deivanayagam: ‘What are the ingredients needed to create the global doctor?’The Lord Cohen Lecture by David Sklar, ‘Global Health Education: Healing an Ailing Planet with Better Ideas’Deborah Helitzer – ‘Population Health Education’Susan van Schalkwyk  ‘Health Professions Education In Rural Contexts: A Case From South Africa’

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