Symposium and CFA: Medical Ethics Education after Medical School

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Medical ethics is un-controversially a core element of contemporary medical practice. It is a component of all medical school curriculae.  Ethics is also present, albeit in a ‘patchy’ manner in postgraduate medical education. Here it appears as a part of training newly qualified doctors, for doctors in specialist training and for continuing professional development. It appears as a refresher of principles underlying acceptable and praiseworthy practice, for purposes linked to professional roles such as leadership, education, and research, and as a survival skill for doctors who have to deal with every day issues.

Postgraduate medical ethics education comes in myriad forms ranging from a seminar at a hospital grand round, to an array of postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees.

Dr Steven Bolsin, our international guest keynote speaker, will address the connections between medical ethics and patient-safety.

Organised by the Institute of Medical Ethics, this event will offer an opportunity for academics, educators and clinicians to better understand the purposes, nature and problems of ethics-education for and of qualified doctors.



0930 Registration

1000 Welcome by IME education committee chair, Ms Georgia Testa

1005 Plenary 1 “What is the point of ethics education for qualified doctors? Five orientations for postgraduate medical ethics education” Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Academic Clinical Lecturer Oxford) and Dr John Spicer (Health Education England)

1035 Plenary 2 “The online medical ethics casebook” Dr Mikey Dunn (Ethox, Oxford)

1105 Coffee and networking

1130 Plenary 3: “Ethics education in The UK Foundation Years” Dr Laura Machin, Lancaster Medical School and Miss Lorraine Corfield, Lead Healthcare Law and Ethics, Keele Medical School

1210 Plenary 4: “Case study: Ethics in GP Specialist training” Dr David Molyneux RCGP CSA examiner, GP in Trawden, Lancashire (Inclusive of 5 minute Trainee Response by Dr Selena Knight, Academic Trainee in General Practice)

1245 Lunch, posters and networking

1400 3 x Parallel Workstreams (Open discussion to capture a sense of learner needs, intellectual content, pedagogical approaches and opportunities/barriers for ethics education of/for doctors):

  1.  a)The UK Foundation-Years and Ethics Education
  2.  b)UK Speciality-Training and Ethics Education
  3.  c)Ethics Education and Continuing Medical education

(Depending on numbers and interest we may combine a+b or b+c on the day)

1445 Coffee and networking

1515 Reconvene and reports from work-streams

1530 Keynote: “Modern medical ethics and patient safety” Dr Stephen Bolsin

1630 Next steps discussion and close of meeting (chair Dr Andrew Papanikitas):

1700 Networking Reception (please let us know if you plan to remain for this by selecting the sub-event during the booking process)


Registration:  £30 (includes 3-course lunch and refreshment breaks).  IME member rate: £26

Please register here: <>


**As part of this event delegates are invited to send abstracts for posters relevant to the topic of postgraduate medical ethics education. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to submit a "virtual" portrait orientation A0 poster as a MS power-point slide. These will be printed alongside the abstracts and included in a handbook for delegates. These may form the basis for discussion during the parallel sessions. Abstracts must be no more than 500 words in a MS word document or the body of an email and must be received by May 8th. Posters must be received by May 15th in order to be included in the handbook. These and posters may be sent to<>

If you plan to arrive on Sunday 4th June, please do let us know - there will be delegates and speakers around at this time and it would be a great opportunity to network. (Please email<> so we can let you know of any pre-meeting gatherings.)

*Please note there are no car parking facilities and delegates are advised to use the park and ride facilities or public transport.

May we kindly ask you to circulate this event among potential participants.

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Contact name: Dr Andrew N Papanikitas
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Audience: Open to all