February 2013

INMED 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting: Patient-Centred Medical Education

Wed, 20 February 13 09:00

INMED 2013 Scientific Meeting

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science is delighted to formally open the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) 2013 Scientific meeting. The theme of this year’s conference, running from 20th-22nd February, is Patient-Centred Medical Education: Human Factors, Patient Safety, Learning from Patients.

Pre-Conference Workshop

INMED is also offering, for the first time, a pre-conference workshop day in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME - UK) on Wednesday February 20th. The idea of the workshop day is to provide delegates with longer format workshops that provide adequate time to develop new teaching skills and knowledge.

INMED’s overall objective is to enhance medical education on the island of Ireland by bringing together individuals and organisations with interests and responsibilities in healthcare education. This conference is a scientific meeting for everyone involved in education of healthcare professionals and provides an opportunity to report and hear about educational research and developments in Ireland and overseas.

Keynote Speeches

The main conference days will be composed of a series of themed keynote symposia, faculty development workshops, oral and poster research presentations and panel discussions. Keynote speeches for the 2013 conference will be delivered by:

  • Dr Lynn Monrouxe, Director of Medical Education Research at Cardiff University Institute of Medical Education
  • Professor Charlotte Rees, Director of the Centre for Medical Education at University of Dundee
  • Mrs Margaret Murphy, Member of the Steering Group of the Patients for Patient Safety strand of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety
  • Professor Eilis McGovern, National Programme Director for Medical Training in the HSE 

Opening of INMED 2013

Speaking at the opening of INMED 2013, Dr Geoff Chadwick, Chairman of the organising committee said:

Welcome to the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Network for Medical Educators. Since its inception INMED has been a focus for innovation and debate on the education of doctors and allied health professionals in Ireland. UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences is delighted to host this year’s meeting and to welcome you to the UCD campus.

The Keynote theme is “Patient Centred Medical Education”. This will explore the way we orientate our students to patient care and putting the patient first. At a time when healthcare resources are stretched, the primacy of our duty to patients and our role as advocates is vital. Perhaps less immediately remarkable but just as exciting is the role of patients in medical education. Not only are patients prepared generously to subject themselves to the ministrations of medical students in the furtherance of their education but they are also keen to become actively involved in the development of tomorrow’s doctors. Surely we have come full circle as we use real patients for simulation?

Other highlights this year are a symposium led entirely by medical students drawn from Irish medical schools, a review of hot topics and key learning points from the meeting and a total of 7 workshops, 4 within the body of the meeting and 3 pre-conference workshops. All this, plus almost 150 original medical education research presentations including submissions from Portugal and Malaysia.

We look forward to a full programme and to bouncing around the ideas that will drive the learning of the next generation of internationally recognised excellence in medical education.

Record Number of Abstract Submissions

INMED 2013 saw a record number of abstract submissions from throughout the island of Ireland: Download 

Speaking at the launch of the INMED 2013 abstract book, Professor Peter Cantillon, Chairman of INMED said:

One of the essential purposes of INMED is to promote and encourage research and development in health care education in Ireland. The steady growth in the number and quality of abstract submissions to the annual scientific meeting since the foundation of the organisation in 2008 is an indication that we may be addressing that purpose.

This book of abstracts, selected for presentation in either oral or poster format, represents an interesting snapshot of what is happening in terms of innovation and inquiry in Irish healthcare education. We have deliberately included educational development projects as well as presentations about research so that attending the conference becomes a place for the exchange of ideas as
well as presenting our contribution to pushing back the frontiers of educational knowledge.

This book of abstracts will be available from the INMED website in addition to video recordings of keynote talks. Together, we hope that the abstracts and recorded plenaries will constitute a useful repository of what INMED 2013 was all about.

More Information

For more information on the programme, keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops, please visit the INMED 2013 microsite.