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IME Education Committee Members wanted

The IME Education Committee is seeking new members.

The primary aim of the Education Committee is to promote good practice in MEL (medical ethics and law) education and assessment, as well as support for MEL educators through conferences, workshops, regional communities of interest, and teaching and assessment materials.

The Committee is currently engaged in updating the core content of learning for undergraduate medical ethics and law (last updated in 2009). A revised document will be disseminated in 2017-18, and there will be further work in linking this document more closely with the separate IME guidance on assessment.

While the focus to date has been on undergraduate education and training, our future plans include a wider focus on the continuity between undergraduate and postgraduate education and training, and the specific needs of FY doctors and post-graduate educators in relation to the development of MEL training and support.

Other matters for which the Committee is responsible include an annual conference and annual national student debate competition.


To apply to join the committee please email a CV plus a covering letter detailing why you wish to become a member of the committee and what you can contribute to the work of the committee to Georgia Testa, Education Committee Chair at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The closing date is 31st August. It is aimed to reach decisions by 15th September to enable new members to attend the first meeting in the next academic year which will take place 2.00-4.30pm at the Wellcome Trust Building, London on 26th September 2017.

Criteria for Education Committee membership

Only current members of the IME can apply for Committee membership.

Members should be directly involved in MEL education or training.

Committee members are expected to commit to serving for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five but are expected to step down if they cease to be an IME member or if they are unable to be actively involved with the work of the Committee.

The Committee meets 3-4 times per year, usually in London. The minimum length of meetings is two hours. Members are expected to attend three out of four meetings. Travel expenses are paid.

Committee members are expected to contribute to:

1. Planning of the annual conference and are expected to facilitate workshops where appropriate.

2. Planning of the annual national student debate competition, judging of the video auditions to select the eight teams who will advance to the national final (half-day event), and judging of the debate teams at that national final.

3. Medium/long term plans adopted by the Committee and take an active role in advancing those plans through involvement in one or more of the Committee’s projects, which may involve additional meetings.

4. Participate in email planning and discussions where needed to advance the Committee’s projects