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I was on the organising committee and chaired one session of the "Topical Issues in Biomedical Sciences Education" conference in QUB in September 2007.
Conference description given below
The Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Anatomy) are fundamental to the teaching of not only Medicine but also Nursing, Dentistry and Physiotherapy, amongst other clinally-related disciplines. In addition to this, graduates from these courses participate in basic and applied research which underlies many of the most important advances in our understanding of the human body in health and disease.
In recent times the provision of Biomedical Education has been pressurised by a number of factors. There has been a huge increase in student numbers to meet growing demands for Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare professionals. The teaching of Medicine itself has been revolutionised, in order to encourage new Doctors to become lifelong learners and to cater for an increasingly discerning and knowledgable public. This has been addressed in the General Medical Councils document “Tomorrows Doctors” and has resulted in a change in many medical courses from a traditional format to a more applied, multi-disciplinary “case based” one. These pressures, have affected assessment on Medical courses too, with standardised assessment now, (sometimes controversially) widely used as a tool to provide reproducible and fair grading of courses. In the other Medically related professions, too, modern academics are becoming more pressured to educate increasingly professional, knowledgable and accountable carers. Indeed, professions which demand high ethical standards and accountability need such standards reflected in Biomedical education.
These, and other topical issues will be addressed in our conference in 6 keynote lectures given by noted experts in the respective areas.