UCL Medical School


3TiME conference

Feedback from 2013's conference

TiME 3: Tuesday 11th June 2013

“Really fun and informative day; finally getting to know what medical education is all about!”

“Fantastic, very enjoyable and thought provoking”

We are pleased to report back on a third successful Trainees in Medical Education Conference here at the Archway campus, UCL. The theme of this year’s TiME conference was Transitions in Medical Education. Exploring times of change within medical education from all angles. This year we were thrilled to be the precursor to the UCL Medical Education conference with the same theme that took place the following day.

The day opened with a welcome keynote talk from Prof Jane Dacre, director of the UCL Medical School, who considered some of the transitions facing students and doctors over the years as they progress through their training. Starting off with such challenges as learning to do one’s own laundry when leaving home!

Next we heard from Dr Ann Griffin who talked us through not only changing fashion over the years but also helped decipher some of the transforms that have been happening in post graduate education recently. 

Dr Luci Etheridge then took us on her personal journey of transitioning through a career in medical education.

A variety of workshops took place either side of lunch, and were well received. Familiar topics such as how to go about gathering a winning teaching portfolio and advice about educational research mixed well with newer themes of social media, practical tips on improving clinical teaching and discussions about postgraduate qualifications in medical education.

Following the workshops we gathered together with six experienced clinicians and teachers for our ever popular question time panel.

Panellists debated a range of topics including the future of medical education, the effectiveness of peer assisted learning and a little healthy competition about the best specialty from which to launch your medical education career. The session again proved to be a hit with delegates: “Very heated and interesting discussions” and “Valuable chance to hear from main people involved in medical education”

Our closing talk was from Dr Deborah Gill whose exciting discussion of her Ed D research “Becoming Doctors” resonated with many of the delegates. “Fascinating research”, “Very interesting, I saw myself in what was said.”We finished the conference this year with a few glasses of wine, some stimulating conversation and networking opportunities.

This was the programme for the day




09.30-10.00Transitions: Welcome KeynoteProf Jane Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School
10.00-10.30Transitions in Postgraduate EducationDr Ann Griffin, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School
10.30-11.00The Journey Post Clinical Teaching FellowDr Luci Etheridge, Consultant Paediatrician, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
11.00-11.30Coffee (provided) 
11.30-12.30Workshop 1 
12.30-13.30Lunch (provided) 
13.30-14.30Workshop 2 
14.30-16.00Question Time PanelDr Kaz Iwata, Psychiatry Registrar, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation trust
Dr Anita Berlin, Senior Lecturer, UCL
Dr Deborah Gill, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School
Prof Jane Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School
Dr Aroon Lal, Renal Physician, Basildon and UCL Sub Dean 
Dr Paul McGovern, T&O registrar, Medway Maritime Hosptial and Honorary Lecturer UCL Medical School
16.00-16.30Becoming DoctorsDr Deborah Gill, Deputy Director, UCL Medical School

Workshops Topics included

  • Developing your teaching portfolio
  • Educational research - getting started
  • Getting a Clinical Teaching Fellow job
  • Postgraduate courses in medical education
  • Using social media in medical education
  • Tips to make your teaching shine
  • Getting involved as a medical student