Why ICRE attracts international MedEd enthusiasts
Colleagues in the UK have often asked me what ICRE is and why I wanted to become a chief resident for ICRE 2019. Training programmes to become hospital specialists in the UK are notoriously known to be the longest with some lasting more than a decade following graduation.
As a resident I was keen to diversify my role as a doctor – I was not content with just completing training and working clinically. In order to improve the quality of patient care, I came to the realization that improving the way we train doctors is paramount.
I have always had a passion for medical education and have wanted to embed it as a vital role in my future career as a physician and an educator. With this in mind I took time out of the programme to complete an education fellowship and postgraduate qualification at the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Then came along the transformative opportunity to become a chief resident for the largest conference in residency education, the 2019 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). I wanted to engage and learn from medical education experts with a similar vision and drive to improve medical education.
ICRE 2019 will also be a great opportunity to widen horizons with residents and chief residents in order to share and reflect on training experiences. As a first time visitor to Canada I want to find out why Canada is one of the best places to live in the world, experience the Canadian culture and the arctic temperatures!