Reflections on my first national medical education conference

Dr Andy Brereton, Clinical Teaching Fellow

Last month I attended the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting in Exeter at which I presented a poster on my research into ward round teaching. It was my first experience of a national medical education conference and here are my reflections:

If this was a trip advisor review, it may have read something like this:

“The setting for ASME 2017 was Exeter university’s beautifully manicured campus. This offered great facilities, a friendly academic audience and a reasonable B+B, a stones throw from the conference. There were some notable highs and lows…

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Physicians Associates at BSMS

  Dr Nikki Dearnley, Clinical Education Fellow, BSMS

In September 2016 BSMS opened its doors to its first intake of Physicians Associate students. As part of my role as a Clinical Education Fellow I am heavily involved in teaching on this course. When I explain to friends and colleagues what my job involves I often get a lot of questions about the role of a Physician Associate, so I am going to use this blog post as an opportunity both to answer some commonly asked questions and perhaps sell to you the benefits of teaching on this course!

What is a Physicians Associate?

Physician Associates are collaborative healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education. They work alongside doctors to provide medical care as a part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician Associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated supervisor, but are able to work independently with appropriate support. Physician Associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They can:

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Report back on successful career event

  Dr Becky Winter, Clinical Teaching Fellow

With over 80 different specialities to choose from you can understand why the GMC ensure career advice is delivered to undergraduate students.  (see full list of specialties here:

The medical school runs a structured career programme from year 1-5 and students also have a mentor scheme in 4th year where they are paired to a registrar in a specialty of their choice, for regular supervision.

Careers event at the AEB

As part of my role as Clinical teaching fellow this year I organised the 2017 BSMS career fair.  This was a brilliant night with over 220 students from years 1-5 and over 80 senior doctors in attendance to represent there specialities.

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