We are pleased to report back on a third successful Trainees in Medical Education Conference here at the Academic Centre for Medical Education, UCL. The theme of this year’s TiME conference was Transitions in Medical Education: exploring times of change within medical education from all angles.
This year we were excited to be the forerunners to the UCL Medical Education Conference with the same theme that took place the following day.
“Really fun and informative day; finally getting to know what medical education is all about!”
The day opened with a keynote talk from Professor Jane Dacre, director of UCL Medical School, who considered some of the transitions facing students and doctors over the years as they progress through their training, starting with such challenges as learning to do one’s own laundry when leaving home! Next we heard from Dr Ann Griffin who talked us through changing fashion over the years, but also helped decipher some of the transformations happening in post graduate education recently. Dr Luci Etheridge then led us on her personal journey of transitioning through a career in medical education.
A variety of well received workshops took place either side of lunch. Familiar topics such as how to go about gathering a winning teaching portfolio and advice on educational research mixed well with newer themes of social media, practical tips on improving clinical teaching and discussions about postgraduate qualifications in medical education.
Following the workshops we gathered together with six experienced clinicians and teachers for o
ur ever popular question time panel. Panelists debated a range of topics such as the future of medical education, the effectiveness of peer assisted learning and a little healthy competition about the best specialty from which to launch your medical education career.
This session again proved to be a hit with delegates:
“Very heated and interesting discussions”
“Valuable chance to hear from main people involved in medical education”
Our closing talk was from Dr Deborah Gill whose exciting discussion of her Ed D research “BecomingDoctors” resonated with many of the delegates.
“Very interesting, I saw myself in what was said.”
We finished the conference this year with a few glasses of wine, some stimulating conversation and networking opportunities.
We look forward to continuing to meet new and familiar trainees interested in medical education at future TiME Conferences which will now be annual. Keep on eye on our UCL CTF pages for further information.