Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ottawa


This conference was productive including catching up with old colleagues and meeting some new people. There were some good workshops on using the arts and humanities in medical education, ethics, communications skills, and professionalism. I presented an oral on social accountability: see the entry under Medical Education Research entitled “Cultural Reproduction Impedes Social Accountability”.

Also I facilitated a workshop on social accountability with Jim Rourke, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial. I am awaiting the independent feedback although six of the eleven participants have emailed me to say they enjoyed the discussions which is encouraging.

The organisation of the conference left much to be desired but that is another story. The enthusiasm of the participants compensated for the many organisational weaknesses.


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About Iain Robbe

I am a medical practitioner (MB, BS, 1980; MRCS, LRCP, 1980) registered with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have reactivated my licence to practise and I am providing telephone support to vulnerable elderly to assist them during the pandemic. I remain active as a Clinical Medical Educationist participating in a number of projects with the universities of St Mary’s and Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison in New Brunswick, inter alia, and separately with three of the veterinary schools in the UK. My focus is on teaching and research in professionalism, ethics, and communications, and particularly the influences of vernacular architecture on the creation of positive learning experiences in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. I have the degree of Master in Public Health from the University of London (1985) and the degree of Master in Medical Education with distinction from the University of Wales (2001). The guiding principles in my practices are based on andragogy and humanism, and the prime ethical principle of autonomy for the individual and in population health.

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