INMED Abstracts 2013

Irish Network of Medical Educators Scientific Meeting 2013

The 6th scientific meeting of the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) took place from Thursday 21st February to Friday 22nd February 2013 at University College Dublin (UCD). The theme of the 2013 conference was Patient-Centred Medical Education: Human Factors, Patient Safety, Learning from Patients.

The main conference days were 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 were 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 


INMED 2013 saw a record number of abstract submissions from throughout the island of Ireland. Speaking at the opening of INMED 2013, Dr Geoff Chadwick, Chairman of the organising committee said:

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.

Abstracts from University College Dublin are available to view via the menu on the left.