What to expect from the ICRE 2019 Plenary Debate

Royal College Staff
September 10, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) will host a plenary debate around three important topics in the realm of diversity in medical education, including the best strategies to promote diversity in these areas. We talked with Dr. Jonas Nordquist, Director of the Karolinska Institute’s Medical Case Centre in Stockholm, Sweden about what to expect. Dr. Nordquist is one of ICRE’s Co-chairs.

Why is a conversation on diversity important in residency education at this moment?

Study after study shows that the medical community does not reflect the populations that it serves, and we also face major issues with gender pay gaps. While many of us are well aware of these problems, most of us are not doing the work to promote diversity beyond mere tokenism. In an increasingly globalized world, how can the medical community reflect the diversity we see around us every day? Hopefully, this debate will bring us closer to some answers.

How will the debate help the medical community move the needle on diversity?

This is the second year we have run the ICRE debate in a new format. Last year, we moved to a more professional debate presentation to create something really useful and relevant for the audience. Our intention is to enlighten attendees with evidence-based information and lively discussion about diversity in medical education.

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Dr. Onye Nnorom, Dr. Maria Elizabeth Montaño Fernandez, Dr. Shuaib Quraishi and Ms. Maxine Mawhinney.

Because diversity is such a sweeping topic, we’ve focused the conversation on three aspects in residency education:

  1. Inclusivity – This is about the best ways to bring underrepresented groups into residency training, whether we’re talking about race, sexual orientation, gender or other identities.
  2. Internal diversity – This addresses the extent to which programs accommodate diversity once applicants have been accepted.
  3. Pay gaps – This issue is a measure of inequality within a program. How can medical educators address issues of pay inequality, and how responsible is a program for perpetuating these inequalities?

Who will participate in the debate?

The debate will feature four panellists – Dame Jane Dacre, Onye Nnorom, Maria Elizabeth Montaño Fernandez and Shuaib Quraishi. They’ll present their knowledge on the topics and enrich the conversation by providing insights. Our moderator, Maxine Mawhinney, will summarize the key points. At the end, we’ll have a question and answer session where the audience can provide their perspectives and knowledge.

Is this an adversarial style debate?

Not at all. We’ve selected a panel where the debaters have various perspectives on diversity. Our intention is to convey the complexity of these issues by providing a rich and evidence-based foundation of knowledge. We want to enlighten attendees and then let them make up their own minds.

We’ll know we’ve succeeded if the debate continues in the coffee room following the session!