We are delighted to announce that Professor Abraham Verghese and Professor Jennifer Cleland will be joining us as keynote speakers for Transform MedEd 2020, with Professor Peter Abrahams as our after-dinner speaker. More speakers will be announced on this page over the coming months.
Professor Abraham Verghese Author & Professor of Medicine and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice-Chair of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States Professor Abraham Verghese is Professor of Medicine and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice-Chair of Medicine at Stanford University and an internationally best-selling author. His novel, Cutting for Stone, reached number two on the New York Times best-sellers list in 2011 and remained on the list for over two years. His two memoirs, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story and The Tennis Partner draw upon his experiences working with terminal AIDS patients and exploring the issue of physician drug abuse. Abraham has a special interest in clinical skills and the bedside exam, and the importance of the ritual and what is conveyed by the physician’s presence and technique at the bedside. His research explores how rituals transform the patient-physician relationship and how medical errors occur as a result of oversights in the bedside exam. He is a recipient of multiple accolades including The Heinz Award in Humanities (2014) and the National Humanities Medal (2016).
Professor Jennifer Cleland John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research, and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation (CHERI), University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC), United Kingdom
Professor Jennifer (Jen) Cleland is John Simpson Chair of Medical Education Research, and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation (CHERI), University of Aberdeen, and Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC). She is a psychologist by training, studied Psychology at Stirling, earning a PhD and MSc (Occupational Psychology) from Queen’s University, Belfast, and receiving a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Edinburgh. She was a Clinical Psychologist in Liaison Psychiatry, NHS Grampian, UK, before moving into academia full-time in 2011. Jennifer (Jen) is an internationally recognised expert in medical education research. Her particular areas of knowledge are selection, assessment and performance; medical careers decision making; education and systems reform. She is lead Editor, with Steven Durning, of Researching Medical Education, a core text for MHPE programmes globally. She was the Chair of the Association for Medical Education (ASME) from 2013-2018 and Chair of the Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Committee (2014-2018). She is a member of AMEE Executive; an Invited Member of the Wilson Centre, Toronto; Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the USA; the University of Southampton, UK; and Curtin University, Australia. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.
Professor Peter Abrahams Professor of Clinical Anatomy, Warwick Medical School, United Kingdom Life Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Trained as a medic in London after teaching with VSO in the jungles of Borneo, Peter Abrahams is passionate about how technology can enhance teaching. In 1997, he was awarded the BMA electronic publishing prize for Interactive Skeleton CD-ROM. In 2005 with Craven and Lumley, he won The Richard Asher Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine, for the best new medical textbook. Also an anatomical consultant for the WHO, his major educational contributions include the McMinn ‘Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy’ in its 8th edition and with Weir ‘Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy’ in its 5th edition. In 2006, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) recognised his contributions with ‘Honoured Member - for authorship of anatomical textbooks and electronic resources in many languages’. Alongside this, Peter heads up the Anatomy Section of The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre, making it the first centre in the UK to order a complete collection of plastinated prosections and cross sections for anatomy teaching. For full profile, click here
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