Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 Belfast

6th July - 8th July 2016
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The 2016 ASM will be held in Belfast at the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre. 

Abstract Submission is now closed. Thank you for your submissions. Submitters have been notified of the outcome of their entries.


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The ASM is July 6th- 8th. Pre conference workshops start Tuesday July 5th 

Early Bird Registration has closed. Standard Rates now available. 

Registration fees:

 Day(s) attending 

Members  Non
Tuesday pre conference workshop £160 £175 £120 £140
Whole 3 day conference including welcome reception  £470 £520  £240 £315
Whole 3 day conference student BOGOF offer      £240  
Wednesday only £210 £250 £160 £190
Wednesday + Welcome Reception only £225 £275 £175 £205
Thursday only £270 £295 £180 £235
Friday only £220 £250 £150 £195
Wednesday and Thursday only £430 £460 £210 £290
Wednesday & Thursday only + Welcome Reception £455 £475 £225 £305
Thursday and Friday only  £415 £440 £205 £270

Buy one get one free (BOGOF) offer applies to undergraduate students registering at the same time.  The offer is available only when registering to attend the whole conference, and can not be applied when attending part of the conference.  It does not include the welcome reception or annual dinner.

The full ASM registration fee includes: 3 day conference, lunches, refreshments and access to the Welcome Reception. It does not include the cost of accommodation or the Annual Dinner.

The annual dinner is an additional cost of £55.00 per person including welcome reception with sparkling wine & 3 course informal buffet.  

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Please click on sessions/speakers link you are interested in to view more information

 To download a PDF of the programme please click HERE

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To download the Conference Information Booklet please click here

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What’s Hot in Learning & Teaching Innovations in Medical Education
Thursday 7th July 2016, 2.20pm – 3.20pm


Dr Clive Gibson (EDG Group lead) 

Introducing TEL group leads Alison Bullock and Jane Williams, and Psychometrics group lead Richard Fuller


Educator Innovator Award Winners 2016

(2 x 10 minutes each)

Interactive high fidelity patient simulations delivered to large group pre-clinical medical cohorts in the lecture theatre
Clare Guilding, School of Medical Education, Newcastle University Medical School

A novel teaching ophthalmoscope: The impact on learning and assessment of fundoscopy and the implications for understanding the moldalities of feedback
Christopher Schultz, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK 

Q & A Session 


Abstract presentations from What's Hot submissions 
(2 x 10 minutes each) 

Validity of Situational Judgement Tests: Are they effective tools to assess professionalism?
Peter Whitfield, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; National Recruitment lead for Neurosurgery, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Plymouth PL6 8DH

'I'm a medical educator, get me out of here!' Exploring the tensions 
A Sethi, S J Schofield, R Ajjawi, S McAleer, Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee

Q & A session

Session Chair Dr Mark Lillicrap 

3.15 Summary and close 
Dr Clive Gibson

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ASME/GMC Excellent Medical Education Award Friday 8th July, 1140-1220hrs



Winner in the Undergraduate Category 2016

Submission Title: The impact upon 4th year medical students and their supervisors of a one-year immersive community based medical clerkship in rural Scotland

Primary Investigator and Institution: Susan Law, University of Dundee

Co Applicant(s) and institution(s): Dr Fiona Muir, Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Tayside Centre for General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Dundee


Winner in the Postgraduate Category 2016

Submission Title: Roles Reversed: FY1s experiences of the Student Assistantship as Supervisors 

Primary Investigator and Institution: Stephanie E Wells, Cardiff University

Co Applicant(s) and institution(s): Professor Alison Bullock, Professor of Medical and Dental Education, CUREMeDE, Cardiff University. Professor Lynn Monrouxe, Professor of Medical Education, Director of Chang Gung Medical Education Research Centre, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan          


Winner in the Continuum/CPD Category 2016 

Submission Title: Developing a coding framework to understand the Behaviour Change Techniques used in CPD

Primary Investigator and Institution: Jo Hart & Lucie Byrne-Davis, Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester 

Co Applicant(s) and Institution(s): N/A

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New Researcher Award Winner 2016: Distinguishing three unprofessional behaviour profiles of medical students using Latent Class Analysis

Authors: Marianne C. Mak-van der Vossen1,2,3, Walther N.K.A. van Mook4,5, Joyce M. Kors1,6, Wessel N. van Wieringen7, Saskia M. Peerdeman1,8, Gerda Croiset1,3, Rashmi A. Kusurkar1,3

1 Department of Research in Education, VUmc School of Medical Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2 Department of General Practice and Elderly Care Management, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
3 LEARN! Research Institute for Learning and Education, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
4 Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, the Netherlands
5 Department of Medical Education Development and Research, School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
6 AVAG Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
7 Department of Biostatistics, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
8 Department of Neurosurgery, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Please click here to view the winning abstract

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ASM Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to be a member of ASME to attend the conference?

No, there are separate member and non-member rates to attend.

When do I need to register by?

You can register online up to 1 week prior to the ASM. You can register on arrival at the conference, at the registration desk.  Payment details will be required at the time, there will not be an option to be invoiced at this late stage.

How can I pay?

You can pay online when you register, or you can select to pay by invoice, however, our preferred method of payment is via debit/credit card.  All payments must be received prior to the ASM. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT TO ASME, Make payment to Conference Partners who are looking after registration, using the details on your invoice. 

Am I eligible for a reduced fee?

Undergraduate Students and F1/F2’s are offered a reduced rate, see fees tab.


Do I need to become a member to present an abstract/poster?

Only one author is required to be a member, it does not have to be the presenter. 

Do I need to pay to attend the conference if I am presenting an abstract or a poster?

Yes, you do need to register and pay to attend the conference at the relevant fee.  You must do this by the given deadline to be able to present otherwise your abstract will be withdrawn and will not be included in the conference papers.

Can I choose when I present?

Unfortunately, due to scheduling complexities, we cannot take individual requests for the day or time of your presentation.

Can I submit more than one abstract?

You can submit more than one abstract, if you are accepted to present more than once we will ensure that your presentations are timetabled at different times.

Do I need to bring my presentation with me?

Yes, please bring your presentation with you on a USB and take it to the Speaker Preview Room to be uploaded on your arrival at the conference.

Attending the conference

Will I get a copy of the programme and abstracts on the day?

You will receive a copy of the programme in your conference pack when you arrive.  All conference information, including the programme and parallel session timetable will be available on the ASME website  as soon as it becomes available. You can select to recieve a hard copy of the abstract book when you register. 

How can I sign up for workshops?

Sign-up for workshops will take place at the conference, no prior sign up will be available (apart from pre-conference workshops, which you must sign up for on our website prior to the meeting).

Do I have to attend the full conference on the day I am presenting?

It is advised that you arrive with as much time as possible prior to presenting, to ensure your presentation is loaded in good  time.  You do not have to attend the full day, however, you will have to register and pay for the full day’s attendance.


Will I get a CPD certificate?

There will be a sign up sheet at the registration desk, please sign your name there.  Attendees of the full conference will then be able to pick up their certificate at the end of the last day of the conference, 1 or 2 day attendees will be emailed their certificate after the conference.

Will I get an attendance certificate?

You will be emailed an attendance certificate after the conference.

Will I get a certificate to confirm I presented a poster/parallel session?

You will recieve a certificate confirming your presentation emailed to you after the conference.

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The Waterfront - Wednesday 6th July - Included in full conference registration fee, £25.00 per person otherwise

Drinks and canapés will be served in the exhibition area, where guests will be able to view the conference posters at the same time as enjoying their surroundings, mingling and networking.
1 ticket to the welcome reception is included in registration for full conference attendance, otherwise the cost is £25.00 per ticket. 


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Belfast Harbour Commissioner's Office - Thursday 7th July - £55.00 per person
Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL

Dinner sponsored by Queens University lscape logo rgb

The conference dinner will be held in the iconic and stunning building of the Belfast Harbour Commissioner's Office.  The evening will begin with a glass of bubbles, followed by a delicious informal seated buffet. Pre dinner drinks start at 19.30. Dinner is from 2000-2230.

COSMO, Victoria Square, Level 2, Belfast BT1 4QG - Wednesday 6th July

If you would like to attend the social please click on the following link to reserve your place. 

Food is included, drinks to be paid for on the night.

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A range of accommodation is available to book while you are registering to attend the conference. 

For help with alternative accommodation and to learn about other things to do while in Belfast please click on the below link:

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The event is being held at the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre  2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH  


Getting to the event

By car

The conference centre is located in Lanyon Place, just off Oxford Street in the city centre. 

If you are travelling on a major road into the city, follow signs for the city centre and Belfast Waterfront via East Bridge Street or Oxford Street.

There are two 24-hour car parks located near Belfast Waterfront, offering more than 800 parking spaces. The multi-storey Lanyon Place car park is located 100 metres from the venue (£2.00 per Hour).  The car park at the Belfast Hilton Hotel is also multi-storey and is next door to the building. (£3.00 per Hour) 

By plane

Belfast is served by two airports and is within easy reach of national and international destinations.

The George Best Belfast City Airport is located three miles from Belfast Waterfront.

A regular bus service runs to and from the city centre and the journey time by car is around five minutes.

The Belfast International Airport is around 20 miles north of the city centre and the average journey time by car is around 45 minutes.

There is a regular bus service to and from the city centre.

More information about getting to Belfast Waterfront

Local car parking facilities

There are two 24-hour car parks located near Belfast Waterfront, offering more than 800 parking spaces.

The multi-storey Lanyon Place car park is located 100 metres from the venue. 

The car park at the Belfast Hilton Hotel is also multi-storey and is next door to the building.

More information about car parking at Belfast Waterfront

Useful links

Please click here for the Visit Belfast Top 10 guide of things to do in and around Belfast 

Please click here to download the Visit Belfast conference guide, which has information on The Waterfront venue, accommodation, tourist attractions, events and much more 

For help getting around Belfast city centre click here to download a Belfast city tourist map

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ASME would like to inform you of the exhibitor opportunities available at this year’s ASM in the newly renovated Waterfront venue in Belfast from 6-8 July 2016. 

The exhibition area will be shared with all the daytime conference refreshments and meals, as well as with our poster display. Access to the refreshments will mean delegates have to pass exhibition stands, so footfall is maximised. 

Packages available:

Commercial Organisations 
This package includes:

3m x 2m floor area
2 x chairs
1 x table (approx 6' x2'6") - Please note no table cloth included
Wifi access (not hardwire)
Advert in ASME programme (artwork to be with ASME by 27th May) - limited amount of advert space available. 
Attendance for 1 representative at the conference including refreshments, lunches and Welcome Reception

Non Profit Organisations 

This package includes:
3m x 2m floor area
1 x chair
1 x table (appox 6' x2'6") - Please note no table cloth included
Wifi access (not hardwire)
Attendance for 1 representative at the conference including refreshments, lunches and Welcome Reception

Please note that Electricity and Hardwired Internet Connection are not included in the exhibition package but can be added on. ASME does not make profit from this, we simply charge what the venue charges us:
Electricity/power point at stand: £96
Hard wire internet access £96 for up to 10MB

Exhibition Times:

Tuesday 5th July 
1100 - 1600 Exhibition set up

Wednesday 6th July
1200 - 1900 Exhibition open (including Welcome Reception) 

Thursday 7th July                    
0830 - 1700 Exhibition open

Friday 8th July
0830 - 1300 Exhibition open
1300 Exhibition dismantling

If you have any queries regarding exhibiting please contact [email protected]

Click here to view Exhibitor Manual

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Click here to view Abstract Book

Click here to view Abstract Timetable

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How to improve your abstract prior to submission

Please view the following video for guidance on how to improve your abstract prior to submission:

Example Abstract

For your information we have an example abstract for you to  view to show you the required format of your abstract. Please click here to view it.

If you have any problems submitting your abstract, or have any questions, please call Conference Partners on +44 (0)131 306 0120

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If you have any problems submitting your abstract, or have any questions, please call Conference Partners on +44

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