Major UK conference to shape the doctor of tomorrow

Medical education regulator holds conference to explore and address the challenges of training tomorrow's doctors

Medical education regulator holds conference to explore and address the challenges of training tomorrow's doctors

The UK's postgraduate medical education and training regulator today holds a major conference to explore the challenges that doctors will face in the next 30 years of practise.

PMETB's What does the future hold? Preparing doctors for tomorrow conference at the Institute of Directors in London gathers together an extensive range of policy makers and healthcare experts to explore how doctors can be equipped to deal with a constantly evolving healthcare environment.

PMETB has an important remit to lead and promote postgraduate medical education in the UK and conference delegates and speakers will help to shape the content and outcomes of future medical training. The conference will explore:

  • the patient's changing and expanding role in healthcare;
  • the likely future shape of the health service and the ways in which healthcare will be delivered;
  • how tomorrow's doctors can be educated, taking into account issues like a changing workforce and the need for greater flexibility; and
  • how PMETB can use its powers to bring about change.

PMETB Chairman, Professor Peter Rubin, said: "This conference presents us with an invaluable opportunity to develop innovative approaches to postgraduate medical education, equipping the next generation of doctors for tomorrow's challenges. Preparing for the future is something that PMETB must act on now. As we begin this work, one thing is certain: in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the doctors of tomorrow will be practising in a very different health service to the one we know today."

PMETB Chief Executive, Paul Streets, said: "More than 200 delegates are gathering in London today and we have ensured that they are not simply from the medical arena. The shape of tomorrow's doctor will have an impact that resonates across all areas of healthcare delivery and so we

need to hear and learn from a wide body of opinion. PMETB's conference gives medics, healthcare professionals and patients the power to influence how we train tomorrow's doctors, and ultimately, the quality of the healthcare they deliver."

Contributors to the conference include Professor Sir Ian Kennedy (Healthcare Commission), Professor Sir Ara Darzi (Imperial College London), Niall Dickson (King's Fund); Dr Jo Hilborne (BMA Junior Doctors Committee) and Professor Sir John Tooke (Dean of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry) - the keynote speech will be delivered by Dr Stewart Hamilton, Past President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

PMETB aims to implement the new standards developed as part of this work in 2009/10.

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