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Ethics: Do we still need it? IME 11th Annual Spring (Education) Conference


Institute of Medical Ethics

11th Annual Spring (Education) Conference

Ethics: Do we still need it?

Friday 3rd February 2017, Woburn House, London WC1H 9HQ



With the greater prominence being given to professionalism in medical schools’ curricula, is there is any need for a distinct and separate ethics and law curriculum? Is it enough for undergraduate teaching to focus on the GMC’s ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’ and ‘Achieving Good Medical Practice’? What is distinct about ethics, and how do we teach and integrate it? How do we teach ethics so that it is relevant to, and prepares students for, the experience they are likely to face once they are qualified doctors?  

Speakers will explore what professionalism means and whether ethics is subsumed by it, whether anything is lost if we subsume ethics teaching into professionalism, and the case for taking ethics to be a distinct and essential component of the curriculum that requires more than ensuring knowledge of, and compliance with, the GMC’s documents. In addition, they will address how medical ethics can be taught effectively, within the constraints of a crowded curriculum, and in order to prepare medical students for the realities of medical practice. Our speakers include academics and clinicians.

The IME is in the process of updating its core curriculum for medical ethics and law, which was last revised in 2009. There will be the opportunity for delegates to discuss and provide feedback on sections of the draft update, as well as exchange ideas on effective methods of teaching and integrating medical ethics and law.

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








Welcome and introduction to the conference



Prof Sam Leinster (UEA) – Is medical ethics part of or distinct from professionalism?



Dan Bromage (Junior Doctor) – Personal perspectives on learning and teaching ethics in practice






Julian Sheather (Deputy Head of Ethics, BMA) – Ethical issues most frequently raised by BMA members



Ruth Bromley (Manchester) – Forum Theatre as a method of teaching medical ethics



LUNCH (includes the opportunity to vote for the winner of the Mark Brennan Prize from student posters on display)



*Workshops on the IME’s updated core curriculum for medical ethics and law



Al Dowie (Glasgow) – The hidden curriculum



Wing May Kong (IME) – concluding remarks and awarding of Mark Brennan Prize






*Delegates will be asked to select a workshop when registering for the conference. Coffee will be available in the discussion rooms.

Workshop topics:

Candour, truth and honesty

Justice and public health

Professionalism vs ethics

Decision-making and capacity

The context of modern medical practice

The end of life 


Call for Abstracts - IME Summer Conference 15 & 16 June 2017

4th IME Summer Conference 2017

15th – 16th June, Liverpool


Posters, Oral Presentations & Panel Proposals.

The Institute of Medical Ethics invites abstracts for its forthcoming conference in Liverpool 15th and 16th June 2017. The conference is a two-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research and the medical humanities to present their current work.

The conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law, public policy and the medical humanities. In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, we also encourage submissions from postgraduates and students who are intercalating in medical ethics or the medical humanities.

Formal contributions to the 2017 conference can take the form of posters, oral presentations or panel proposals. Single papers will have 25 minutes, to include questions. Panels will run for 75 minutes and should consist of two or three papers with sufficient time for audience discussion.

Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted online here

The deadline for submissions is midnight on the 31st January 2017  

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Dr Lucy Frith (Deputy Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi, Ms Emma Nottingham, Prof Richard Huxtable, Dr Nathan Emmerich, Dr Tom Douglas and Dr Felicity Boardman.