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Supporting the vulnerable practitioner

Woburn House Conference Centre

The 2nd IME Ethics Education after Medical School Symposium

“Supporting the vulnerable practitioner”


Medical ethics is un-controversially a core element of all medical school curricula.  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 (PGMEE) comes in myriad forms ranging from a seminar at a hospital grand round, to an array of postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees.


This event will offer an opportunity for academics, educators and clinicians to better understand the purposes, nature, problems of, and good practice in postgraduate ethics education.  This event is of relevance to all postgraduate medical trainees and educators.


2018 Programme


0900 Registration and Coffee


0950 Welcome by lead symposium convenor Andrew Papanikitas (University of Oxford)


Part 1: The state of postgraduate medical ethics education (Chair Ruth Bromley)


1000 Plenary 1 Vulnerability, teachers and learners –‘accounting’ for ethics education after medical school, Andrew Papanikitas, University of Oxford

1030 Plenary 2 Understanding ethics education for specialist training, Selena Knight, Academic Clinical Fellow, KCL

1100 Plenary 3 Ethics Education, learning needs, and the Foundation Years, Laura Machin (Univ of Lancaster) and Lorraine Corfield (Univ of Keele)


1130 Coffee, Posters & networking (30 minutes)


Part 2: The vulnerable practitioner (Chair David Molyneux)


1200 Plenary 4: The Moral Exploitation of Junior Doctors, Dr Joshua Parker

1230 Plenary 5: Ethics and the Specialist-Trainee in difficulty, Dr David Molyneux


1300 Lunch, discussion of posters & networking (1 hour)


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


a)      The UK Foundation-Years and Ethics Education (Led by Laura Machin and Lorraine Corfield)

b)      UK Speciality-Training and Ethics Education (Led by David Molyneux and Selena Knight)

c)      Ethics Education and Continuing Medical education (Led by John Spicer and Andrew Papanikitas)


(We currently plan to run all three breakouts, delegates may be asked to contribute to a particular group based on their expertise, interests or submitted abstracts)


1440 Coffee, Posters & networking


Part 3: Solutions

1510 Keynote: Ethics in postgraduate medical education, Professor Simon Gregory, Health Education England

1540 Keynote: Ethics education and support – the role of the CEC, Dr Joe Brierley, Great Ormond Street Hospital

1610 Keynote: Practitioner Isolation and Ethics clubs -the role of discussion groups in ethics education, Dr John Spicer, Health Education England (South London Team)


1630 Summary and close of meeting Dr Wing May Kong, Chair, Institute of Medical Ethics


1700-1730 Close of meeting and registration for The IME Lewis Headley Lecture by Fergus Walsh (please book this separately)


Call for Abstracts and Pre-meeting networking


As part of this event delegates are invited to send abstracts for posters relevant to the topic of postgraduate medical ethics education or the main theme of the day – we will accept empirical or theoretical work as well as suitably anonymised or hypothetical cases. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to submit an A4 poster as a pdf. These will be printed in the meeting delegate materials to discuss in breaks and potentially during the breakout sessions as well. Abstracts will be 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 7pm August 15th. Posters must be received by 7pm August 31st in order to be included in the handbook (delegates who do not meet this deadline are welcome to bring A4 printouts themselves). These and posters may be sent to andrew.papanikitas@phc.ox.ac.uk



If you plan to arrive preceding evening, 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
andrew.papanikitas@phc.ox.ac.uk  so we can let you know of any pre-meeting gatherings.)

Delegates are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Please note there are no car parking facilities and delegates are advised to use public transport.




Woburn House Conference Centre
20 Tavistock Square


Delegate Prices

Non-member: £60

IME Member: £20

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Please note: If you are booking for other IME members, you will need their membership number(s).