Professor Sir Kenneth Calman
Sir Kenneth Calman graduated from the University of Glasgow BSc, MB ChB, PhD and MD and lectured in Surgery before his appointment to the Cancer Research Chair of Oncology in 1974. He was appointed Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education in 1984 and he was awarded an honorary DSc in 1996, one of many.
In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Home and Health Department and in September 1991 he became Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health in London, where he served until 1998. During these years he took a keen interest in medical education, supporting the postgraduate deans as they developed increasing responsibility for standards of medical training. Under his leadership, medical training moved from time-served to standards achieved. He was awarded the KCB in 1996.
In 1998 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Warden at the University of Durham and in 2006 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. Sir Ken has chaired and led many committees, including the Commission on Scottish Devolution. He has written widely on medical topics and poetry and was the founder of the Academy of Medical Educators being awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2009.
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.