It was great to meet so many new faces and see the enthusiasm within the room. It was also exciting to have not just psychiatrists, but exam actors, medical nursing educationalists, nursing colleagues and occupational therapists as part of the conference. This is the start of making the AUTP the home for any professional, with an interest in psychiatric medical education, providing conferences, education, a place to share ideas and network. It was really exciting to start putting this into practice!
The first speaker was the influential Prof Femi Oyebode, professor of psychiatry at Birmingham University and author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind. He shared his personal journey of his career in medical education, and thoughts about what he wished he had known. He gave very interesting insights into the history and developments of teaching structures e.g. workplace-based placements and now established formal educational roles for doctors. It was fascinating to hear how much change there has been in the last few decades.
Following Prof Oyebode, we were lucky to hear from Dr Hamid Alhaj. Dr Alhaj is a consultant psychiatrist, director of medical education in Sheffield and also the Director of Research for the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care. He gave us an excellent talk on the importance of medical leadership and how this interacts with medical education.
Finally, before lunch, the Purple List gave us a performance of their widely acclaimed play, “A gay dementia venture”. Apart from being incredibly thought provoking and hard hitting, it is a unique example of bringing theatre into medical education, as HYMS have done. This truly innovative new teaching method has received brilliant feedback from medical students.
After lunch, one of our prestigious AUTP scholars, Dr Emma Brooks, presented her progress and questions around her project on running simulation sessions for psychiatric emergency teaching. This stimulated lots of interesting discussion, ideas and feedback from the room, including thoughts on use of video simulation and patients with lived experience. It was great to hear this update and on how the project is taking form!
Surg Lt Cdr Luke Baker then led a session on what the delegates want from the AUTP as we develop the charity and continue the relaunch. This was a great session generating plenty of enthusiasm and new ideas including: suggestions for engagement; methods of sharing good practice e.g. displaying posters at conferences; saving a stand at Congress; and linking with other organisations; to name a few! We will certainly be taking these forward!
The final session before the AGM, was small group workshops on how different groups can be used to teach in psychiatry. The groups were medical students, doctors, allied health professionals and patients. Each small group discussed the pros and cons, and then presented their thoughts to the rest of the conference in the form of a 5-minute teaching session. We enjoyed watching one group put across their discussion points in the form of role play! The session led to a really interesting and lively discussion.
We received some initial feedback about what delegates took away and enjoyed the most…
We are busy working on the next conference for May or June, so please send us any suggestions and keep checking this website for more information!