National conference to address diversity education in medical schools

Posted by ap507 at May 03, 2016 10:55 AM |
‘Diversity in Medicine and Health’ organisation in partnership with the Medical Schools Council to host meeting on Friday 6 May highlighting the importance of diversity education in promoting excellent medical practice among students

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 May 2016

A national conference is to address issues relating to diversity in medical education.

Hosted by ‘Diversity in Medicine and Health’ (DIMAH) and involving medical schools across the United Kingdom, the conference will highlight the importance of diversity in medical undergraduate education on Friday 6 May at the Medical Schools Council, London.

The conference aims to address the way in which diversity education can be best delivered in medical schools in order to develop, promote and provide excellent medical practice for health care delivery to patients from diverse backgrounds.

By accomplishing this, future doctors will be better equipped to improve patient experience and clinical care.

This is the first conference hosted by DIMAH and will be opened by the President of the General Medical Council Professor Terence Stephenson. 

In 2010, a Higher Education Academy workshop, which led to the establishment of DIMAH, identified the slow development of diversity teaching in the United Kingdom. Issues of concern included a lack of clarity in defining ‘diversity education’, difficulty in engaging students in diversity education and a lack of faculty support for the staff asked to teach diversity. 

Nisha Dogra, Professor of Psychiatry Education, honorary consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry and affiliate of the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour at the University of Leicester, has chaired DIMAH since its inception in 2011. 

Professor Dogra said: “Through this meeting we will widen the community of practice around diversity education. By sharing information and experiences with each other we have the opportunity to develop ourselves personally and professionally to improve student learning about diversity and its relevance to practice.”

During the conference there will be an opportunity for the medical schools to showcase their diversity education, see and hear about other medical school’s work and address how the medical schools can learn from one another in order to improve diversity education.

Professor Dogra added: “The take home message I hope is that by working together we can ensure that all medical students receive high quality education in diversity which in turn leads to high quality care that is tailored to meet the needs of individual patients, taking fully into account what is important to the patient and their life beyond but including their illness”.

This will be facilitated by a series of interactive sessions involving small groups of participants along with a networking session at the end of the day.

Besides the medical educators, attendees will also include colleagues from the General Medical Council, An International Association for Medical Education, The Association for the Study of Medical Education and some of the Medical Royal Colleges.

The outcomes of the conference will be used to inform DIMAH’s goals over the next three to five years.

The conference will take place on Friday 6 May at the Medical Schools Council, Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London.


Notes to editors:

For further information regarding the event, please contact Professor Nisha Dogra at or visit

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