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UCL Medical School represents en masse at AMEE, Lyon

AMEE (Association for Medical Education in Europe) 2012 took place in August this year in sunny Lyon, a city known for its historical and architectural landmarks. In modern times it has developed a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy. As well as enjoying the sights of Lyon, UCLMS staff presented posters and presentations, and contributed to many discussions and workshops.

The event started with a welcome from the Mayor, followed by an interpretative dance by three 10ft tall winged dancers decorated with fairy lights (left). They presented AMEE dignitaries with roses before disappearing into the night. UCLMS presentations were less theatrical, but had a stronger evidence base.

Gil Myers, CTF, presented work from the GMC project within ACME as a poster “A study to explore why doctors volunteer to attend General Medical Council’s “Fitness to Practise” validation exams” which demonstrated that doctors attend pilots due to an interest in medical education, as well as financial rewards.

Adam Gwozdz (right), FY1 at North Middlesex University Hospital, presented work he completed as a final year medical student at UCL within the Clinical Skills Centre at the Royal Free, “Taking the lead – needs assessment for medical management and leadership training in the undergraduate medical curriculum in one UK medical school”. This work has resulted in the creation of a medical leadership and management SSC for 1st year undergraduate medical students at UCL.”

Michael Klingenberg Royal Free Clinical Skills Tutor presented as a poster  “First do no harm – conceptualising medical student mistreatment in one UK medical school” an important subject which has had significant news coverage this year.

Moloy Dey, CTF, gave a short communication on “Patient Involvement in teaching Cardiometabolic Disease to early year medical students.”  This pilot programme is now incorporated into the new MBBS curriculum for 2012/13. Moloy discussed how the innovation was developed and described the positive feedback from patients and students.

Melissa Gardner, GP CTF, gave two short communications on “Integrating ethics and law with clinical teaching” and “Assessing clinical, legal and ethical competencies using an integrated OSCE model.” The discussions focused on increasing tutor confidence in teaching  ethics and law in an integrated way, and the practicalities and complexities of assessing using an integrated OSCE model.

Laura-Jane Smith (right), CTF, presented two short communications with Dr Hugo Gemal, on research completed at UCLH on junior doctor involvement in teaching. “A near-peer teaching programme for clinical medical students enhances confidence and perceived ability in the clinical environment” and “Benefits for all from a junior-doctor led teaching programme for clinical medical students” There was great interest during the discussion on the benefits and challenges of a trainee-led programme, and how Medical Schools could support clinical staff and encourage innovation, whilst also maintaining quality assurance.

There were other presentations by UCL staff, from the Centre of Applied Health Research and the Institute for Child Health. Of particular note, Alena Chong, from the Department of Primary Care & Population Health won the 2011 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator Prize, and presented her work “Is no news good news?”on response rates and faculty response to student evaluation of GP placements.

All of those who attended found it socially and professionally enriching. The ACME twitter account @ACMEatUCL was used to update its followers about discussions, and to make new contacts across the #meded world. In the spirit of embracing new things, Gil Myers was encouraged by Prof Jane Dacre and Alison Sturrock to expand his culinary tastes (left), and has returned to the UK with a new insight into offal. He may later have regretted this venture (later that evening in fact).

Prof Dacre was particularly impressed with the strong UCL presence, and was proud to be congratulated by AMEE attendees from across the world on supporting such a vibrant team of early education researchers. All those who attended the conference committed to bring the collaborative and research-focused enthusiasm back with them to ACME, and plans are already in place to ensure we have a strong presence at the next conference in the Medical Education Diary, ASME 2013. Watch out Edinburgh!

Dr Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLMS

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