Empowering Knowledge Exchange

On Monday, 18 November 2019, medical faculty and students from several different institutions across the UK came together to discuss knowledge, technology and the future of medical education.

We will be announcing the 2020 Empowering Knowledge Exchange in due course, so stay tuned by registering your interest.

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Key takeaways

We had the pleasure of hosting Professor Trudie Roberts and Dr Phillip Xiu as keynote speakers.


Trudie Roberts, Professor of Medical Education, University of Leeds

Dr Phillip Xiu, GP Practioner, Leeds


The exponentially increasing rate of medical information means we have surpassed the threshold for what the human mind can contain. We need to be more accepting of doctor’s use of technological devices and the concept of looking up information. This starts back in medical school when assessing knowledge:

"We will need to do more ‘open-book’ exams. Instead of banning iPhones to avoid cheating, we need to be texting students to make sure they bring them to the exam hall. And so what if they ask others? Doctors seek other opinions all the time. This better mirrors reality." Trudie Roberts, Professor of Medical Education, University of Leeds

Having said that:

“A good framework is to know how (the basics work), know where (to look for more info), know of (a clue, relevant point, to search off).” Trudie Roberts, Professor of Medical Education, University of Leeds

However, as we roll this technology out, we will need to overcome the technological debt currently present in the NHS. There will be some who are sceptical about realising the potential of AI until the basics are fixed:

“As a GP practitioner it takes more than 15 minutes to start my laptop, due to all the security firewalls, various software updates, and the low spec hardware that is processing all of this.” Dr Phillip Xiu, GP Practioner, Leeds

Dr Phillip Xiu, GP Practioner, Leeds


What do you like about ClinicalKey Student?

Tools like [ClinicalKey Student] help increase tech literacy, knowing when to use what platform. When learning medicine, I always tell students - don’t Google it, ClinicalKey it.

– Terese Bird, TEL Lead, Leicester University

Our curriculum has recently been overhauled so many lecturers are teaching new material, and ClinicalKey Student is great for this.


– Dr Maniccam Thavarajah, Anatomy lecturer, Imperial College

You just search for a term like “mediastinum” and within a second you have all the relevant resources. How long would that have taken us otherwise?


– Waqqas Patel, Student, University of Birmingham

Being able to search for images is great for visual learners.


– Julie Brand, Librarian, University of Central Lancashire

2020 Registration

We hope that you will be keen to participate in the next Empowering Knowledge Exchange. We will be announcing the 2020 date in due course, so stay tuned by registering your interest below.