Preventing Overdiagnosis through the Shared Understanding of Medicine (POSSUM) Conference 2018

Alan Waters Building (R29 on Campus map), Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
Medical and Dental Sciences
Wednesday 27th June 2018 (09:30-17:00)
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Register for this event

Preventing overdiagnosis is one of the biggest challenges facing modern healthcare. This one-day conference will bring together experts in this field from all over the UK to discuss the challenges we face and how we can work together to overcome them through promoting the shared understanding of medicine. This unique conference is a joint enterprise between the Institute of Applied Health Research and the Midland Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners and will bring together clinicians, academics and policy makers in what will surely be a stimulating and enjoyable event.

Through the contributions of renowned experts and interactive discussion, this conference will not only be an opportunity to learn, but it is also a chance to be involved in setting the agenda for the future of this important healthcare topic.

What’s involved?

This one-day conference will feature a series of keynote speakers and workshops. Speakers include:

  • Gregor Smith - Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
  • Martin Marshall – Vice Chair RCGP and Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL
  • Julian Treadwell – Vice Chair RCGP Preventing Overdiagnosis standing group and Academic GP
  • Ramai Santhirapala - Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Royal Surrey County Hospital and a Clinical Advisor at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Richard Lehman – Professor in the Shared Understanding of Medicine UoB

Registration will begin at 09:30 with the programme starting at 10:00. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Who’s it for? 

This event will be of interest to any clinician, academic, commissioner or policy maker interested in understanding more about overdiagnosis and what we can do to prevent it. 

How do I register?

The registration fee is £60. To secure your place, please register through our online shop