RCGP launches new conference for GPs in medical education

The RCGP is breaking new ground at this year's annual conference by bringing together 150 UK medical educators for their own event.

Professor Amanda Howe

The college’s internal network, the Medical Educators’ Group, has joined forces with clinical advisers and representatives from postgraduate training to launch the first meeting, which follows the main Glasgow conference on Saturday afternoon.

Professor Amanda Howe, vice-chair of the RCGP with responsibility for professional development, said large numbers of GPs were now involved in education.

Third of GPs involved in education

‘We think there are 30% to 40% of the GP community playing lead roles as educators and we are keen to bring them together across the different stages.

‘We want to take a whole-system approach to look at what everyone is doing. The college can then see what’s happening and how the college exam affects training and vice versa.’

The RCGP is collaborating on the event with the Committee of General Practice Education Directors (COGPED) and the Conference of Postgraduate Education Advisors in General Practice (UKCEA).

Professor Howe, who also chairs the RCGP’s annual conference organisation committee, said: ‘We are very excited. It’s a first and will hopefully show how much the college appreciates its educators, and will lead to improved networking and communication across the educational community.’

Professor Howe stands down from her RCGP post next month to prepare for a new role as president of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), starting in November 2016. She will be the first woman to take up the presidency.

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