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TASME Spring Conference 2024: Empowering the Next Generation

April 20th 2024 at 08:00 - 17:00
University of Central Lancashire

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We are delighted to announce the 2024 TASME conference – Empowering The Next Generation!

This exciting one-day event will be held in the University of Central Lancashire on Saturday 20th April (please see the programme below for full event details). This conference is aimed at healthcare professionals in training and early career educators with varied interest and experience in medical education. The conference theme is ‘Empowering the Next Generation’ – our aim is to inspire and develop your skills as the future educators within healthcare.

This conference will include two inspiring keynote speakers, Professor Rakesh Patel and Dr Enam Haque, three interactive parallel workshop sessions, as well as poster and oral presentations. There will also be lots of chances for networking, meeting like-minded individuals and sharing ideas with those at a similar stage in their career development.

** The TASME Spring Conference ‘Empowering the next generation’ has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) CPD credits **

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Registration cost including Lunch and refreshments throughout the day 

  • £65 for ASME members
  • £90 for non-members  

Click HERE to Register for this event. 

Please note that all those with poster or oral presentations and workshops must also register for the conference.  If you have any queries or issues with event registering for this event please email events@asme.org.uk.

Refer a Friend

We’d like to thank everyone who has registered to join the TASME Spring Conference by offering you the chance to win a copy of an ASME text book of your choice, along with a special limited edition mini ‘post it’ copy of each edition.

But we don’t want to leave anyone out, so even if you can’t personally attend, you can still nominate a friend too.

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All we ask is that you invite a friend or colleague to register for the TASME Spring Conference and when they confirm their registration we’ll enter you into the prize draw. To take part just email events@asme.org.uk quoting the TASME Spring Conference and confirm your friends name and email and as soon as your friend completes their registration you’ll automatically be entered into the draw.
The winner of the textbook will be announced at the conference!




08.30 – 09.00


Social Space

09:00 – 09:15

Introduction and Welcome

Main Lecture Theatre

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker : Dr Enam Haque

Main Lecture Theatre

10.00 – 10.20

Morning Break

10:20 – 11:35


Breakout rooms : HA301, HA333, HA337

11:45 – 12:45 

Oral Presentations

Main Lecture Theatre

12.45 – 13.30


13:30 – 14:15 

Keynote Speaker : Prof Rakesh Patel

Main Lecture Theatre

14:15 – 15:00

Poster Presentations

Breakout rooms : HA301, HA333, HA337

15:00 – 15:20

Afternoon Break

15:20 – 16:45


Breakout rooms : HA301, HA333, HA337

16.45 – 17.00

Close and Awards

Main Lecture Theatre

Dr Enam Haque 

Enam Haque

Dr Enam Haque will be sharing his “Reflections on my MedEd Journey” Discussing career highlights and low points, with reflections on how TASME members can thrive and avoid the pitfalls. His passion for EDI, health inequalities for ethnic minorities, and widening participation is inspiring and key to our conference theme ‘Empowering the Next Generation’.

Dr Enam Haque is a GP Partner and a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the University of Manchester. He works for the Community Based Medical Education team and is Academic Lead for Placements. His research interests include He has a passion for widening participation and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and is the academic lead for widening participation and academic co lead for EDI. He is Co-Chair of the UoM Division of Medical Education Widening Participation Committee which aims to help students from disadvantaged communities to pursue a career in Medicine.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was active in raising concerns for the ethnic minority population. He created videos with his organisation askdoc.org.uk, advising patients on measures to prevent transmission in different languages. He is also part of a US-UK collaborative group, looking at the reasons why ethnic minority patients are more affected by COVID-19.

Twitter: Enam Haque (@enamhaque31) / X (twitter.com)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/enam-haque-b6775332/?originalSubdomain=uk


Professor Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel

Professor Rakesh Patel will share his experience integrating clinical practice with educational leadership

Professor Rakesh Patel, Head of MBBS at Queen Mary University of London, is one of the most promising leaders in medical education. His illustrious career, commencing with a medical degree from the University of Leicester in 2002, a master’s degree in medical education and a professional doctorate (MD), which he achieved alongside his role as a Nephrologist, underscore his dedication to healthcare and education. Patel’s innovative research into medical underperformance, technology-enhanced learning, and educational interventions for prescribing behaviour has garnered him prestigious awards from ASME and a Senior Fellowship at Advance HE. His publications in top-tier journals reflect a relentless pursuit of excellence and a deep commitment to improving medical education. As a practicing nephrologist at the Royal London Hospital, Patel embodies the integration of clinical practice with educational leadership, making him a source of inspiration for the next generation of medical professionals and educators. His expertise in leveraging technology for education aligns seamlessly with the conference’s theme, promising to empower attendees with insights into the future of medical education.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rakeshspatel?lang=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakesh-patel-0a107222/?originalSubdomain=uk


Workshop 1

TASME careers in medical education where we share our experiences in Medical education 

Workshop overview

Within this session, the TASME team aim to explore with you the the opportunities provided by ASME within medical education, including JASME and TASME. We will discuss the numerous and varied routes into medical education, reflecting on your own experiences as well as the varied experiences of the TASME committee. We plan to review Personal Development Plans (PDPs) within medical education including their uses, how you might go about developing one, and their benefits to an early career educator. . This will be a great opportunity to meet others at a similar stage in their careers and explore how you might develop your skills and experiences within medical education.

Presented by the TASME committee. 

Workshop 2

Neil Thakrar

Tacit to Tangible: A Teaching Clinical Reasoning Workshop. Does a diagnostic hunch actually exist? by Dr Neil Thakrar 

Workshop overview:

Does a diagnostic hunch actually exist? There are usually features in the problem representation, an internal cognitive step of accurately synthesising information, that trigger an illness script for disease from your long-term memory. Expert clinicians are so quick at this process that it appears to be an “instinct” to the untrained eye, often making the development of trainees’ clinical reasoning implicit. This workshop is designed to help you articulate your clinical reasoning with formal concepts, recognise common cognitive biases in diagnosis and to deconstruct your approach to clinical problem solving so that your diagnostic skills go from tacit to tangible to the students around you.

Presenter Biography
Neil is an Internal Medicine Trainee in the East Midlands and TASME Awards Co-Lead. He designed, delivered and implemented a clinical reasoning programme for third year medical students into Leicester’s curriculum, demonstrating a significant improvement in students’ diagnostic thinking compared to a control group at Aston. Neil won the Teaching Innovation & Excellence Prize at the ASME ASM 2023 and has since led clinical reasoning workshops for consultants, GPs and trainees to spread the flare. @neil_thakrar

Workshop 3

Dr Chris Jeffries Geeky Medics 

Using Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Create Interactive Virtual Patients. By Chris Jefferies from @GeekyMedics

Workshop overview:

In this interactive workshop, we will demonstrate how generative AI can be used to develop virtual patients and simulate realistic patient interactions using a chatbot interface. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to interact and converse with virtual patients developed by Geeky Medics.

We will discuss the underlying technology, including large language models (GPT-4), and how this technology is combined with clinical expertise to create virtual patients. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the advantages and limitations of this technology and consider potential opportunities for generative AI in medical education.

To participate in this workshop, participants will need a laptop (preferred), tablet, or smartphone.

Presenter Biography
Dr Chris Jefferies is head of operations at Geeky Medics. He previously worked for UCLan Medical School as a module lead within the phase 2 team. Chris was a GP trainee before moving to work full-time for Geeky Medics. He has completed an MSc in medical education and is a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA). 

Workshop 4

Catherine Bennett  Tricia Tay

EDC Workshop: Career progression in medical education – building your teaching portfolio

Workshop overview:

In this interactive workshop we will explore career pathways and progression in medical education and consider how you can use educational professional standards frameworks to help build your educational expertise and your teaching portfolio.

We will start by exploring educational opportunities and career pathways, considering teaching opportunities and educational roles, courses and qualifications and mapping the opportunities and roles in different career pathways.

Then we’ll explore professional standards frameworks for teaching and how they can be used to help you structure your educational portfolio, develop as an excellent educator and plan your career in medical education. We’ll also explore professional values for medical educators and how demonstrating these in your practice can help you stand out as an excellent educator.


Presenter Biographies  – Catherine Bennett & Tricia Tay

Catherine is Academic Lead for Faculty Development for the MBChB at Warwick Medical School, the largest graduate-entry medical course in the UK. She leads the development of strategy for teacher development, including for clinical teachers in partner NHS trusts and primary care. Catherine is also Course Director for the School’s Masters in Medical Education programme. She is currently Chair of ASME’s Educator Development Committee (EDC).

Hi my name is Tricia Tay. I am a FY3 doctor, clinical research fellow and PhD student at Imperial College London. I completed my Masters in Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh and obtained Fellowship in Advanced Higher Education (FHEA). I am passionate about medical education and vascular surgery. I am also part of the TASME Communications Team.

Click here to complete the  abstract submission form 

This conference gives you the opportunity to share your work within medical education on a national level. We are looking for submissions from all levels of trainees and from all fields of Healthcare Education.

All abstracts will primarily be considered as posters to be presented at the conference. Up to four of the highest scoring abstracts will then be invited to give a 15 minute oral presentation within the conference. Poster submissions will also be considered for workshops, and we will invite up to four delegate submissions for a 75 minute workshop session.

Abstract submission will close on the 5th March at 5pm. Successful applicants will be informed by the 15th March.  

For any queries please contact the TASME events team on tasme-conference@asme.org.uk.  

The conference will be held in the Harrington Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston Campus, PR1 7BG

Harrington Social Space entrance area    Harrington Lecture Theatre


You must be registered as an individual ASME Member and Member of TASME to benefit from member rates for this event. To find out more information about becoming a TASME member please visit: www.asme.org.uk/tasme 

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