BeSST Virtual Conference 2021
Future Directions in Social and Behavioural Sciences in Medical Education
Friday 10th September
The BeSST (Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine) virtual conference will be an opportunity to come together as a community of practice to: share experiences; learn from examples of good practice and innovation; discuss challenges; and explore future directions in teaching social and behavioural sciences in medical, and more broadly, health professions’ education.
To register for a free place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/97713921971
Submit a paper
We welcome papers on a wide range of topics related to social and behavioural sciences (SBS) in health professions’ education. We are particularly interested in the following:
• What is SBS? Is this umbrella term meaningful or useful; what is the relationship between ‘social’ and ‘behavioural’ in SBS teaching in medical education?
• Integrated curriculum: what do we mean by this; what works and what doesn’t; where next?
• Clinical/SBS Partnerships: what are effective partnerships between clinicians and social scientists in SBS teaching; what are the challenges and how are these overcome?
• Staff- student partnerships: how can we involve students in designing and delivering SBS teaching; what are the implications of a co-creation approach?
• SBS and competency-based education: should/can social and behavioural sciences in medicine be competency-based; what might those competencies be; is ‘structural competency’ a useful concept?
• Assessment: what are the current and future challenges in assessing SBS in health professions’ education?
• Experiences of being a SBS teacher: how is this role configured in different contexts; what is it like to work in this role; what would improve this experience; what kind of support would you like; how can the community of practice work best for you?
• COVID-19: how has the pandemic impacted your teaching?
• Equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum: how can SBS contribute to EDI curricula initiatives?
We invite papers in the following formats. Indicative timings are given:
• Research/evaluation: presentations of an original research or evaluation study that is theoretically relevant and methodologically sound (10-15 minutes)
• Practice: presentation of changes to practice (what was done, why, did it work?) (10-15 minutes)
• Point of View/Ideas: Is there something you feel passionately about, a topic that you feel needs to be discussed, or something that particularly frustrates you? No evidence is needed, just your opinion! (10-15 minutes)
• Lightning presentation: could be any of the three categories above, but is strictly 5 minutes maximum.
To submit your abstract please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 2nd July 2021 (23:59 hrs UK time).
Please include the following (max 400 words):
• Abstract Title
• Abstract Authors (up to 6 authors may be listed)
• Abstract Presenter and contact email
Present the abstract in the appropriate format:
• Research/Evaluation: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion & Conclusion.
• Practice: Background; Summary of Work; Discussion and Conclusions; Take-home Messages.
• Point of View: There is no prescribed format.