Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

Hybrid conference

Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

Transitions: navigating and
supporting medical education
in times of change

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Manchester Central

Windmill St, Manchester 

Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 December 2021


1400 attendees across the breadth of medical education joined both face and face virtually at DEMEC 2021.

Missed a session on the day?
Catch up on demand until end May 2022

1400 attendees attended the 4th DEMEC hybrid conference, organised by the leading organisations in medical education and training across the UK who came together to provide a unique and high quality joint national UK Medical Education conference in December 2021.

DEMEC 2021 delivered across 2 days:

  • 5 plenary’s
  • 60 parallel sessions (32 livestream + 28 pre-recorded)
  • 300 digital posters

On demand access remains open for registered attendees until end May 2022.

What the audience said:

“Congratulates on an excellent conference which seemed to work incredibly well across both digital and in-person formats. It was a pleasure to take part and the content/speakers were hugely insightful.”

“Very good updates having been out the loop for the past 18 months. I attended research focused sessions which are extremely useful for my current career in med ed trajectory”

“This is my 4th attendance at DEMEC, this time first virtual. Thank you DEMEC you always deliver high quality conferences and never fail to deliver”

“Good range of innovative and new ideas”

A new feature for 2021 were the Spotlight on Poster presentations, elevating opportunities for poster authors across the conference. Find out more…

The Spotlight posters will also be featured in Clinical Teacher and Clinical Tutor.

At a time of change, risks and opportunities, with a recognised need for collaboration across traditional boundaries, this conference has inspired and motivated its audience as a platform for learning and linking its audience with its peers across the country.

DEMEC 2021 Videos

Why it was important to attend

What are people missing out?

Why we support DEMEC

Key takeaways from DEMEC 2021

How has COVID changed DEMEC?

Dr Dowan KWON

Dowan Kwon - Gender predisposition of medical mannequins from session 1


Naomi Higton - A Falls Mystery escape room from session 2

Dr Stuart SEMPLE

Stuart Semple - Dungeons, Dragons and Forensic Psychiatry


Professor Shafi Ahmed

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, and entrepreneur
Dr Victoria Brazil

Dr Victoria Brazil

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Charlotte Rees

Professor Charlotte Rees

BSc(Hons), GradCertTerEd(Mgt), MEd, PhD, FHEA, FRCPE
Prof Wendy Reid

Professor Wendy Reid

Director of Education & Quality, Medical Director Health Education England
Professor Chris Whitty

Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer

Is DEMEC for me?

DEMEC welcomes everyone involved in medical education including:

  • all those involved in medical education and training at postgraduate and undergraduate level
  • those involved in CPD in medicine
  • those interested in integrated training
  • medical students or trainees interested in medical education and postgraduate training
  • nurses, midwives and allied health professionals interested in inter-professional learning
  • researchers
  • managers
  • policy makers
  • administrators

CPD approved
DEMEC 2021 now approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 9 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s)


Our commitment to sustainability

DEMEC 2021 is running as a hybrid conference in December using live streaming to broadcast the conference. 
Read more…

Venue and location

Manchester Central
Windmill St,
M2 3GX

DEMEC confirms 300 digital posters

Poster abstract submissions are strongly encouraged and are eligible for awards.
Submission deadline: Wednesday 30 June


• Hybrid conference blending face to face and virtual attendance
• 5 plenary talks
• 6 themes
• 60 parallel sessions
• 300 digital posters

DEMEC 2019 stats

  • 1200 attendees across two days
  • plenary talks
  • 56 parallel sessions
  • over 170 posters presented
  • 5,000 tweets.  

“Outstanding content, it added to my knowledge and experience”

“Fantastic conference – I came away with many ideas to consider and implement changes”

“Very valuable addition to my educational knowledge – even those areas with which I was already familiar revised my perspective for the better”

DEMEC 2021 promo video

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Registration for DEMEC 2021 is now closed

Transitions matter: The theory, research and practice of transitions in medical education

Transitions matter. They provide opportunities for intense learning but are also challenging. Drawing on the literature and her team-based research on medical education transitions, Charlotte will talk about: (i) What transitions are; (ii) How transitions can be researched; and (iii) How medical students and trainees can be helped to navigate transitions.

Professor Charlotte Rees
Head of School of Health Sciences
University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia

Building high performance healthcare teams – culture, relationships and translational simulation

Improving teamwork and shaping culture in healthcare is easy to say, but hard to do.
Team training, catchy communication acronyms, and off-site team building might not realise the promise of high performing teams in the complex environment of 21st century healthcare.
Maybe simulation offers more than we think – if used with agility – to explore work environments and the people in them, to test better systems or practices, and to embed ‘best practice’ once we know what that is.
And maybe simulation can actually shape culture, and help high performing healthcare teams get better, together.

Professor Victoria Brazil
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
Gold Coast Health Service, Queensland, Australia

The importance of generalist skills for multimorbidity patient care

The proportion of patients with two or more medical conditions continues to increase. The majority of over 75s now have 3 or more conditions and almost one in five 40-69 year olds have at least 2 conditions. This trend remains a challenge to the entire medical profession. Whilst greater specialisation, particularly in secondary care, has improved clinical outcomes for individual conditions, generalist skills are becoming increasingly important when faced with patients with multiple long-term conditions. Shifting back to maintaining and celebrating generalism in the medical workforce is critical to respond to the changing pattern to health and disease in the population.

Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK

AoME Calman lecture and awards ceremony

In its 15th year the Academy of Medical Educators is thrilled that the Calman lecture will be delivered by the man in whose honour it is held. Sir Ken will be discussing his life and career with members of AoME’s Developing Medical Educators Group. This is sure to be a fascinating, edifying and thought provoking discussion. Sir Ken’s insistence on the need for structure and recognition in medical education led directly to the founding of the Academy and the development of the Professional Standards for Medical Educators.

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Co-chairs: Dr Jamie Fisher and Dr Lewis Hendon-John

Awards presented by Dr Jamie Read