About this conference
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is pleased to announce their first conference aimed at sharing Anti-Racist Practice in Medical Education: including both pedagogical/curriculum innovations as well as working research papers. The conference will be held completely virtually via Zoom.
The conference looks to past, present and future, and invites abstract submissions of up-to 300 words describing your teaching innovations or research, along the following themes:
- Decolonising Histories in Medical Education
- Promoting Anti-Racist Practice in Contemporary Research and Pedagogy
- Safeguarding the Future: towards Anti-Racist Medicine
Decolonising Histories in Medical Education
This theme will discuss presentations on narratives around Histories of Medicine- some of which we feel like have been ignored in our consideration of how Modern Medicine has come to be. On many occasions, Indigenous Knowledge of colonised peoples around the world has contributed to development of medicine (for example, origin of vaccines, origin of syringes, and many more), and raising awareness of these contributions is essential to changing some of the myths that underpin systemic nature of racism in our current systems.
Promoting Anti-Racist Practice in Contemporary Research and Pedagogy
This theme will incorporate presentations on Anti-Racist work (curriculum changes, changes to working practices, working research papers) that is currently underway at various schools. A lot of early change is happening and we invite colleagues and students who wish to present and discuss their work in progress through this strand.
Safeguarding the Future: towards Anti-Racist Medicine
This strand will invite presentations on how to embed the changes that are happening, and take them forward. Research that focuses on the future of Anti-Racism work in medicine, as well as sharing of pedagogical practices that focus on safeguarding the future of anti-racism work in Medical Education are invited here. For example, concerns have been raised about Artificial Intelligence – it is changing the future of Medicine but, how it is replicating our currently held biases. Similarly, while COVID-19 has drawn attention to structural inequalities that exist, we have also seen a rise in ‘Blame narrative’ which will need to be continually challenged in the future. The descriptors above are brief summaries – if you have concerns about whether your submission will fit in these themes or not, please email Gaurish Chawla at G.Chawla@bsms.ac.uk with any queries.