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IME Postgraduate Medical Ethics Education Symposium

Ethics Education after Medical School

5 June, St Catherines College, Oxford Click here for venue details

Medical ethics is un-controversially a core element of contemporary medical practice. It is a component of all medical school curriculae. Ethics is also present, albeit in a patchy manner, in postgraduate medical education. Here it appears as a part of training newly qualified doctors, for doctors in specialist training and for continuing professional development. It appears as a refresher of principles underlying acceptable and praiseworthy practice, for purposes linked to professional roles such as leadership, education, and research, and as a survival skill for doctors who have to deal with every day issues. Postgraduate medical ethics education comes in myriad forms ranging from a seminar at a hospital grand round, to an array of postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees.

This event will offer an opportunity for academics, educators and clinicians to better understand the purposes, nature and problems of postgraduate ethics education. Dr Steven Bolsin, our international guest keynote speaker, will address the connections between medical ethics and patient-safety.


0930 Registration

1000 Welcome by IME education committee chair, Ms Georgia Testa (University of Leeds)

1005 Plenary 1 What is the point of ethics education for qualified doctors? Five orientations for postgraduate medical ethics education Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Academic Clinical Lecturer Oxford) and Dr John Spicer (HEE)

1035 Plenary 2 The online medical ethics casebook Dr Mikey Dunn (Ethox, Oxford)

1105 Coffee& networking

1130 Plenary 3: Ethics education in The UK Foundation Years Dr Laura Machin (Lancaster Medical School) and Miss Lorraine Corfield (Lead Healthcare Law and Ethics, Keele Medical School) (Inclusive of 5 minute Trainee Response by Dr Joshua Parker, Foundation Year Doctor)

1210 Plenary 4: Case study: Ethics in GP Specialist training Dr David Molyneux (RCGP CSA examiner, GP in Trawden, Lancashire) (Inclusive of 5 minute Trainee Response by Dr Selena Knight, Academic Trainee in General Practice)

1245 Lunch, Posters & Networking

1400 3 x Parallel Workstreams (Open discussion to capture a sense of learner needs, intellectual content, pedagogical approaches and opportunities/barriers for ethics education of/for doctors):

The UK Foundation-Years and Ethics Education

UK Speciality-Training and Ethics Education

Ethics Education and Continuing Medical education

(Depending on numbers and interest we may combine a+b or b+c on the day)

1445 Coffee & networking

1515 Reconvene and reports from work-streams

1530 Keynote: Modern medical ethics and patient safety Dr Stephen Bolsin

1630 Next steps discussion and close of meeting (Chair Dr Andrew Papanikitas)

1700 Networking Reception (please let us know if you plan to remain for this by selecting the sub-event during the booking process)

Registration: £30 (includes 3-course lunch and refreshment breaks).

IME member rate: £26

Trainees from all medical disciplines are welcome at this event.

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If you plan to arrive on Sunday 4th, please do let us know by emailing There will be delegates and speakers around at this time and it would be a great opportunity to network.

Accommodation in Oxford on Sundays is surprisingly reasonable - click here for hotels

*Please note there are no car parking facilities and delegates are advised to use the park and ride facilities or public transport.

IME Summer (Research) Conference - 15 & 16 June 2017

The primary aim of this conference is to enable academics and students to present the results of their research activities in analytical and empirical medical ethics.

The conference will take place at Liverpool Medical Institution, 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SR

Day 1
10.00 - 10.20 Registration & Coffee [& Posters]

10.20 - 10.30 Welcome (Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper)

10.30 - 12.00 UKCEN-IME Crossover Panel [Dr Anne-Marie Slowther, Prof Julian Hughes and Dr Lucy Frith]

12.00 -12.45 Keynote [Prof Rosamund Scott]

12.45 -14.00 Lunch [& Posters]

14.00 - 15.40 3 Parallel Sessions [4 x 25 minutes] (Please select when booking)

15.40 - 16.00 Coffee [& Posters]

16.00 - 17.15 3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes] (Please select when booking)

19.00 - 21.00 Social (including buffet)

Day 2
09.30 -10.00 Registration & Coffee [& Posters]

10.00 - 10.45 Keynote [Prof Stephen Wilkinson]

10.45 -12.00 3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes] (Please select when booking)

12.00 -13.15 Lunch [& Posters]

13.15 -13.30 Short Presentation [Prof Sally Sheard]

13.30 - 14.15 Keynote [Prof Brian Hurwitz]

14.15 - 15.45 3 Parallel Sessions [3 x 25 minutes] (Please select when booking)

15.45 - 16.00 Conclusion [Dr Wing May Kong]

Bookings NOW open at

Delegate fees:

Students - £15 for one day attendance, £20 for two days

Members - £25 for one day attendance, £45 for two days

Non-members - £55 for one day attendance, £90 for two days

Parallel session detail:

Session 1 will feature 4 x 25 minute presentations, Sessions 2-4 will feature 3 x 25 minute presentations:

Session 1a (Thursday 15th pm session)
Post-research ethics analysis: a tool for ethical reflection in humanitarian crises; Dr Sapfo Lignou, Post-doctoral research Fellow in Humanitarian Research Ethics, Anglia Ruskin University
Empirically-informed medical virtue from the inside and out and back again; Justin Oakley, Associate Professor, Monash University
The Ethical Precautionary Principle; Ciara Staunton, Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University
Conceptualising Surgical Innovation; Giles Birchley, Senior Research Associate in Surgical Innovation and Bioethics, University of Bristol

Session 1b (Thursday 15th pm session)
The research-clinical hybrid approach of the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project: underlining the need to move towards the development of a research-clinical hybrid ethical framework; Gabrielle Samuel, Research Fellow, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
The ethics of genome editing as a new reproductive option; Giulia Cavaliere, PhD Candidate, King's College London
Check for Updates for your...Children?; Jessica Brown, Postgraduate Student, King's College London
Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: equality, genetic kinship and freedom; Caesar Palacios-Gonzalez, Research Associate, King's College London

Session 1c (Thursday 15th pm session)
An ethical analysis of benevolent deception in the patient-doctor relationship; Rosa Dale-Moore, MA Student, King's College London
Consent is (dis)array: bioethical and clinical considerations in the use of genome-wide technologies in the neonatal population; Katherine Burke,Wellcome Fellow in Ethics and Society and Paediatric Registrar, Cardiff University
The impact of Montgomery on patients with Intellectual Disabilities; Claudia Carr, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
Authority to Consent: Exploring the conflicts and meanings within Medical law and Clinical practice; Supriya Subramani (Doctoral Scholar, IITMadras)

Session 2a (Thursday 15th pm session)
The Worst Anorexic Ever: The Ethical Significance of Shame and Identity in Easting Disorder Diagnoses; Rose Mortimer, (DPhil Candidate),Oxford University
Promoting health, promoting autonomy? Deliberation, action and freedom in an age of wearable technologies; John Owens, Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, King's College London
Is Dr Google in the House? Hard conversations about fetal abnormality; Andrew Watkins, Consultant Neonatologist, Mercy Hospital for Women

Session 2b (Thursday 15th pm session)
Moral distress: creating conceptual analysis; Una Ledger, Nursing Development Lead for Critical Care, Queen's University, Belfast & Belfast Health & Socical Care Trust
Moral Distress and Alienation in US and UK Physician Trainees; Elizabeth Dzeng, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology, University of California, San Francisco
What is 'moral distress' in nursing and how should we respond to it?; Georgina Morley, Doctoral Student, University of Bristol

Session 2c (Thursday 15th pm session)
The Ethics of Experimentation: Cybernetic Augmentation and the Grinder Movement; Alex Pearlman, MA Candidate, Bioethics and Society, King's College London
Patients' Stories, Doctors' Stories: The Paradox of Contemporary Psychiatry; Leonie Mol, PhD Candidate, Global Health and Social Medicine, King's College
Seeing both sides of the mask: ethical and social challenges for patients and healthcare workers in the Ebola Treatment Centre; Trent Herdman, Specialist Registrar, Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Session 3a (Friday 15th am session)
Autonomy, trust, and the supply of organsy; Sarah-Jane Brown, Doctoral candidate, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy
Would the use of "Opt Out" policies be efficient to increase organ donation?; Sarah Rego Goiata, Reseacher, Pontificia Universidade Catolica de MInas Gerais
The human body in the age of mechanical reproduction: 3D bioprinting for purposes "beyond therapy"; Alexandre Erler, Research Fellow, American College of Thessaloniki

Session3 b (Friday 15th am session)
Beyond the Erasure of Autism: A new Philosophical Approach to Autismorgansy; Shachar Brenner, Ph.D. candidate, Tel-Aviv University
Clinical communication and difficult decisions: Can we get our language right?; Andrew Watkins, Consultant Neonatologist, Mercy Hospital for Women
To Test or Not to Test: Will implementation of Non Invasive Prenatal Testing through the NHS create a moral obligation to test for Down Syndrome?; Paige Fitzsimmons, MA Candidate, King's College London

Session 3c (Friday15th am session)
Me before Euthanasia: Narratives and the ethics of representation; Morven Cook, PhD Student, University of Liverpool
Nudging, Informed Consent, and the Patient's Autonomy; Maximilian Kiener, Graduate Student, University of Oxford
Exploring the ethical issues associated with bariatric surgery in pediatric patients; Magdalene Lugowski, PGY IV General Surgery, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Session 4a (Friday 15th pm session)
A Brave New World; might Partial Ectogenesis facilitate greater rights for Fathers of Unborn Children?; Elizabeth Chloe Romanis, Postgraduate Student, University of Manchester
Conscientious objection in healthcare: The Reasonability View critiqued and improved; Doug McConnell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University
Conscientious objection: a morally insupportable misuse of authority; Magdalene Arianne Shahvisi, Lecturer in Ethics and Medical Humanities, Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Session 4b (Friday 15th pm session)
And or Versus? Balancing Integrated Care with Professional Identity in Medicine; Alex McKeown, Research Associate, University College London
Voluntary and beneficial exploitation in bioethics: private and public reasons; Eduardo Rivera-Lopez, Full professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella/Conicet
Critiquing person centred care's principle of co-production; Gabriele Badano, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cambridge

Session 4c (Friday 15th pm session)
Dishonest Means: Citizen Science in the Age of Post-Humanism; Joshua Prenosil, Assistant Professor, Creighton University
The role of regret in medical decision-making; Paddy McQueen, IRC GOI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Dublin
Parents' Attitudes Towards Freedom Of Vaccination Choice and the Ethics of Compulsory Vaccination in the United States; Rachel Siden Alumni/recent graduate, King's College London