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ASME & TASME cancel Spring and postpone Summer annual conference to help reduce spread of Covid-19

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The Board at Edinburgh based ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) confirms the postponement of its Annual Scholarship Meeting (ASM) due to take place on 8-10 July, 2020. The three day conference, which attracts around 500 delegates,  is due to focus on Disrupting Medical Education – Challenging the norms of medical education. It was due to be held at the ACC, Kings Dock, Liverpool.

This decision comes following the announcement by the Scottish Government and its guidelines announced yesterday to help in reducing the risks associated with the spread of Covid-19 at large gatherings.

In addition, the TASME Spring Conference due to be held on 28th March at the University of Leeds will also now not go ahead.

Professor Sandra Nicholson, Chair of ASME, said; ‘It is with regret that we have decided to postpone our ASM and cancel our TASME annual events which usually attract a total of 600-700 delegates between them. However, it is more important that we play our part in minimising delegates’ travel and exposure to this virus and ensure healthcare professionals are available to care for patients.’

 The ASM will be rescheduled later in 2020.

 More information on these events can be found at www.asme.org.uk/events

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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.