The Inaugural Psychology in Medical Education Symposium (PiMEDS)

Kirby Institute, Level 6, UNSW Medicine,
Corner High and Botany Streets, Kensington Campus
Early registrations: $100 (until Monday 5 August 2019)
General registration: $120 (from Tuesday 6 August 2019)
No charge for UNSW Staff

Final registrations closes 6 September 2019.

Students and junior doctors are expected to counsel and support patients, and face an arduous road in their training. Whether for entry to an undergraduate or graduate medical program, selection is a well-known and very considerable hurdle. Between four and six years of education follow prior to the award of a basic medical qualification, with a further period of up to ten years postgraduate training after that. Very significant barrier assessments are distributed throughout all levels of training. The academic rigours are often the focus of attention, such that in initial selection the historical view has been to select only the highest achieving students. Yet the psychological challenges are significant, and to date, under-represented in the discourse. The Psychology in Medical Education Symposium seeks to address this. Join us at UNSW Medicine where we invite you to be involved in shining a light on the full gamut of the psychological journey of medical trainees.

Morning tea and lunch included


Keynote speakers:

image - The Inaugural Psychology in Medical Education Symposium (PiMEDS) - the Psychological Journey of the medical trainee

Dr Gabriel Reedy is a learning scientist and Reader in Clinical Education at King’s College London, where he is Programme Director for the Masters in Clinical Education. He is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, where he sits on the Governing Council and Chairs the Education Committee. He is also a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and sits on the Research Committee of the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the Scientific Committee of the Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM). His research focuses on how interprofessional clinical teams work—and learn—as they care for patients.

image - The Inaugural Psychology in Medical Education Symposium (PiMEDS) - the Psychological Journey of the medical trainee

After graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1995, Paul wanted less sleep and more adrenalin in his life - although he later found out that starting a family could have achieved the same result, he decided to become an obstetrician and gynaecologist. His career has given him the opportunity to work in 3 different countries’ health care systems- Ireland, UK and Australia.

Paul is currently the head of clinical service for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Osborne Park Hospital, Perth. As an associate professor in UWA he coordinates the medical student professional development and mentoring programs.

Paul has a special interest in patient safety and medical professionalism; his work in these areas has led to him being awarded a fellowship of the Australasian Assoc for Quality in Health Care, membership of the WA Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Australian Medical Council Working Group on Medical Student Professionalism.

Paul is currently completing a PhD on 'What factors influence medical students' professional opinions?'.

Symposium Themes

  1. Selection of medical students and trainees for psychological attributes.
  2. Teaching and assessment (including simulation) of psychology-based-skills in medical programs.
  3. Medical student and junior doctor well-being and workplace relationships.
  4. Psychology in medical education: aligning theory and language to inform approaches to education and research.

Invitation to present

Contact for inquiries


Phone: +61 (2) 9385-2550

Ms Kiran Thwaites

Event date: 
Fri, 13/09/2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Booking deadline: 
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