We persisted with a networking innovation from INMED 2016, entitled Talking Tables. The idea is that the lunch area is a buffet with tables designated by theme to various dilemmas and issues in health professions education. Delegates choose to sit at a table that is pertinent that an area of interest and the conversation is driven by some prompt questions on the table. It provides an excellent opportunity for people with shared interest to meet each other as well as having prompts for getting conversation going. We would like to thank Michael Williams of Queens University Belfast for overseeing this excellent innovation.
We again offered an excellent student led session in which there were eight student presentations on thought-provoking and stimulative topics. The session was so good that it was extended thus delaying our AGM! Later, at dinner in Fallon & Byrne’s a great time was had by all.
Day three of INMED 2017 comprised a one-hour plenary session in which three health professionals spoke about their lengthy and at times difficult engagement with the health service. The purpose of the session was to allow them to engage with curriculum developers so that future graduates will be better prepared to meet the needs of patients. We also offered a qualitative research analysis masterclass led by Professor Lingard. this overlapped with eight shorter rapid infusion workshops on a variety of themes. We close the conference with an excellent keynote presentation on competency-based education by Professor Ian Bates, Professor of pharmacy, University College London.
Following on the successful use of the conference cartoonist last year, this year INMED commissioned a videography of the conference which provides a great montage and memory to the event and which is now available on our website.