IME conferences

Improving Medical Ethics in the 21st Century

16 November 2015, Wellcome Collection, London

Following up the 40th anniversary edition of the JME of January 2015 on 'What is it to do good medical ethics?' we are holding a one day conference discussing the topic.

Speakers have all been asked to focus on challenges to good medical ethics and to propose practical ways of meeting them. Speakers in the first two sessions will offer patients', philosophers', lawyers' and doctors' perspectives. The third session will address ethical governance of medical research. The Chair's summing up and proposals for 'next steps' will end the conference. A drinks reception will facilitate further informal discussion amongst those who can stay on.


09.00-10.00 Registration, coffee, informal discussion

10.00-10.10 Professor Sir Kenneth Calman - Chair's introduction

Session 1

10.10-10.35 Baroness Joan Bakewell - Doctors' commitments and patients' commitments

10.35-11.00 Baroness Elisabeth Butler Sloss - Ethical tensions between best interests and autonomy - the role of the law

11.00-11.25 Dr Wing May Kong - Nurturing moral imagination for medical practice

11.25-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

Session 2

13.00-13.25 Professor Tom Beauchamp - Using principlism in medical practice

13.25-13.50 Professor Jonathan Glover - Intuition, emotion and moral nose in medical ethics

13.50-14.15 Professor Ann Gallagher - Care as the core of medical ethics

14.15-14.50 Discussion

Session 3 - Improving medical ethics oversight of medical research

14.50-15.15 Professor Sir Iain Chalmers - The need for better science

15.15-15.40 Professor Julian Savulescu - The need for better philosophy

15.40-16.05 Dr Hugh Davies - A Health Research Authority perspective

16.05-16.45 Discussion

16.45-17.00 Sir Kenneth Calman - Chair's summing up and proposals for future developments

17.00-18.00 Drinks reception and informal discussion

Delegate numbers are strictly limited so early booking is advisable.

Delegate Fees

£25 IME members 

£55 for non-members (IME Membership is only £75 for full membership (£65 for Concessionary members) with a £10 discount available when paying by Direct Debit. Sign up here before registering to get the members delegate fee)

To book see here.

10th IME Education Conference - 'Honesty, Candour and Transparency: Clinical Implications' - Save the Date!

Friday 11 March 2016, Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

The aim of the conference is to explore the clinical implications of the professional duty of candour, which applies when things go wrong with someone's care, and the GMC's more general requirement to be honest and open with patients or carers when discussing care, treatment and prognosis. How transparent is the profession required to be, and why?

Medical students need to be aware of the guidance as well as the challenges of applying it in practice.

How do we teach students effectively to deal with these challenges in the future but also now, as students who may witness poor practice or errors that affect patient safety?

Speakers will explore legal and ethical aspects of these duties and the complexities encountered in actual clinical practice, drawing from experience in different specialties.

There will be the opportunity to discuss personal ideas and experience with a focus on guiding the development and delivery of teaching on these issues.

The conference will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching medical students, whether academics or clinicians. Medical students themselves are welcome.

Further information will be available here soon. 

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3rd IME Research Conference - Save the Date!

Saturday 18 June 2016, Edinburgh

The primary aim of this conference is to enable academics, clinicians and students to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.

Further information will be available here soon and a call for abstracts will be announced in October 2015.

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For further information please contact:

Dr. Carwyn Rhys Hooper, Chair of the IME Research Committee and Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, St George's, University of London