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.

Key takeaways

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


Trudie Roberts, Professor of Medical Education, University of Leeds

Dr Philip Xiu, GP Practioner, Leeds


In the opening keynote session, Professor Trudie Roberts addressed the exponentially increasing rate of medical information. Does this mean we have now surpassed the threshold for what the human mind can contain? Should we be more accepting of the doctor’s use of technological devices and the concept of looking up information? According to Professor Trudie Roberts, 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 technology becomes increasingly more important, Dr Philip Xiu mentioned the technological debt currently present in the NHS. According to Dr Xiu, 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 Philip 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

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