By Professor Deirdre McGrath, Conference ChairThe University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) recently hosted over 100 delegates representing students and faculty from health sciences and medical schools and postgraduate training bodies across the island of Ireland for the 8th Annual Scientific Meeting of INMED. The title of the conference was ‘New horizons in health professional education: Complexity, Culture and Communication’ which was opened by Professor Don Barry, President of UL and Professor Peter Cantillon, President of INMED.

The shifting emphasis in health professions education toward workplace as opposed to classroom education has revealed the inherent complexities of apprenticeship learning and represents an important shift in health professional education research. How we make sense of complexity and how we use the knowledge to create better learning environments for undergraduate and postgraduate learners were discussed at INMED 2015.

We were honoured to have internationally renowned speakers Dr Jonathan Silverman (University of Cambridge and President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare), Professor Tara Fenwick, (Professor of Professional Education, Stirling University,) and Dr Anne Marie Cunningham (Cardiff University) present who spoke about the conditions needed for healthcare trainees to develop their communication skills, the complexity in the professional learning environment and the use of social media by medical students today, the need for educators to embrace these tools and the importance of digital professionalism.

GEMS students also provided an excellent workshop on complementary and alternative medicine, describing how this subject has been acknowledged and incorporated into medical curricula in other European countries.

Prize winners:

Poster prize:

Dr Laoise Griffin and team from UL GEMS,

Do, Review, Learn, Apply: intern-led teaching, analysis of a case based approach

Student poster prize

CW Ahern and team from UCD

A novel mind-map slide-show hybrid for the standardised, interactive and graphical presentation of pathology topics

Oral presentation prize

Simon O’Hare from the Medical Council of Ireland

Can trainees view D-RECT quality improvement of postgraduate training in Ireland?

In addition to the educational event we hope that all who attended enjoyed the UL GEMS hospitality and had an opportunity to view our superb campus while here in Limerick.

Professor Deirdre McGrath

Conference Chair

Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick