ASMEBITESIZE Session 01: Podcast & Webinar

5th June - 5th June 2020
Posted by Leigh Morrish

This is the first in the series of ASMEBITESIZE events. It takes the form of an audio podcast exploring some of the key challenges and opportunities of teaching medical students about video and audio consulting in the current Covid crisis and beyond.  The short podcast is now available via the link below in which ASME Chair Professor Sandra Nicholson interviews Dr Graham Easton, GP and Professor of Communication Skills at Queen Mary University of London...

Until a few months ago, video consulting seemed like the future of doctor-patient interactions. Now it’s very much the present, and it’s here to stay. Doctors and health professionals of the future need to learn about video consulting, something potentially well-suited to our current online existence. But what do they need to know? How can we help them learn the skills? What are the tips and pitfalls for medical educators?

Podcast Access


On Friday 5th June at 4pm the podcast will be followed up with a virtual discussion via webinar where ASME members can share ideas and best practice. If you would like to take part, register below* for the webinar and log any questions you may have by emailing: [email protected] 

Webinar Registration 

*by registering for our Zoom webinar you will be sent a confirmation email with instructions of how to join the session. If you don't receive these instructions please email: [email protected] and the confirmation email will be resent 

Dr Graham Easton
Professor of Communication Skills at Queen Mary University of London


Throughout his portfolio career, communication has been Graham’s constant passion; whether in the GP consultation, as a BBC Radio Science presenter and producer, or as a medical journal editor and writer. He is a Fellow of the RCGP, a former Programme Director for GP Specialty Training and Lead for Academic GP 

Training Programmes at Imperial College, and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow on the Master’s programmes in medical education for UCL and RCP. He serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of General Practice, and has published many peer-reviewed papers and several books including the textbook General Practice at a Glance, How to Pass the CSA exam, and a book for a general audience called The Appointment - the story of a morning surgery told from inside the mind of a GP, which was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

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Statement from our Chair regarding Covid-19
and ASME events

Desperate times call for desperate measures and so it was with great sadness that the Board of Directors made the decision to postpone our ASM planned for July 2020 in Liverpool and several other events/meetings. Our next ASM will now take place in 2021, details of date and venue will follow.

We envisaged that large gatherings of people would be unsafe and of course wanted to do our bit to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Many of our membership will be increasing their clinical duties and for those involved in transferring curricula online life has been very hectic. We want to support our members, healthcare professionals and educators who are providing front-line NHS services and training students to do so. 

A big thank you to all our ASME members who are involved on the frontline as key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic - we appreciate all you do and hope that you stay safe.