London hosted a Medical Conference with special focus on the importance of diversity education in this field. . . . reports Asian Lite News
‘Diversity in Medicine and Health’ (DIMAH) organisation in partnership with the Medical Schools Council hosted a meeting highlighting the importance of diversity education in promoting excellent medical practice among students, in London. The national conference addressed issues relating to diversity in medical education.
The conference aimed to address the way in which diversity education can be best delivered in medical schools in order to develop, promote and provide excellent medical practice for health care delivery to patients from diverse backgrounds. By accomplishing this, future doctors would be better equipped to improve patient experience and clinical care.
This was the first of its kind conference hosted by DIMAH and was inaugurated by the President of the General Medical Council, Professor Terence Stephenson. Nisha Dogra, Professor of Psychiatry Education, honorary consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry and affiliate of the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester, has chaired DIMAH since its inception in 2011. Professor Dogra said: “Through this meeting we will widen the community of practice around diversity education. By sharing information and experiences with each other we have the opportunity to develop ourselves personally and professionally to improve student learning about diversity and its relevance to practice.”
During the conference was an opportunity for the medical schools to showcase their diversity education, see and hear about other medical school’s work and address how the medical schools can learn from one another in order to improve diversity education. This was facilitated by a series of interactive sessions involving small groups of participants along with a networking session at the end of the day.
Besides the medical educators, attendees will also included colleagues from the General Medical Council, An International Association for Medical Education, The Association for the Study of Medical Education and some of the Medical Royal Colleges. The outcomes of the conference are to be used to inform DIMAH’s goals over the next three to five years.