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The Birmingham Conference 2017

The School of Education
Social Sciences
Thursday 18th May 2017 (08:45-16:15)
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The Birmingham Conference is an annual meeting focused on research into the education of health professionals. One of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, it is hosted jointly by Health Education West Midlands, The Medical School and the Health Professional Education and Research Unit (HPERU), University of Birmingham.

In addition to keynote presentations, the Conference provides an opportunity for delegates to seriously engage in other’s work through paper presentations, poster sessions and workshops.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1: Professor Trudie E. Roberts, Director, Leeds Institute of Medical Education 

Clinical Skills for the 21st Century 

Although we continue to test students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in performing clinical examination skills which have been around for centuries; the way we will practice medicine in the future will be very different than how we have done this in the past. In this talk I will highlight the revolutionary influence that technology is having on healthcare delivery and why we need a similar revolution in what teach students to equip them to provide the best medical care in the future. Given these changes and the advances in cognitive computing together with advent of intelligent mentoring systems I will discuss new research developments that are going on at the Leeds Institute of Medical Education to help educators understand how technology can support the students in acquisition of these new skills 

Keynote 2: Professor John Sandars, Edge Hill University 

Authenticity - the challenge for future medical education 

The concept of authenticity recognises both the intended change in the learner and the learning environment to achieve this change. It is essential that medical education can transform learners from becoming a doctor to being a doctor, with the capacity to respond to the complexity of the post-modern world.  This transformation requires a process of learners experiencing the complexity of the real-life world. The challenge for the future of medical education is how to ensure that authentic future doctors can be developed through authentic learning experiences. There are no easy answers but an important first step is to have the vision and to slowly transform the micro-systems within which educators practice.

There is no conference fee, but to attend you must complete the online registration form by Friday 7th April 2017.  Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. 

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