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BeSST Conference 2023
Sunday 27th August
09.30-15.45 (BST)




The BeSST (Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching in Medicine) hybrid conference will be an opportunity to come together as a community of practice in person and virtually to: share experiences; learn from examples of good practice and innovation; discuss challenges and rewards; and explore the integration of the social and behavioural sciences in health professions’ education.

Conference theme and Programme

This year’s conference theme is ‘Interrogating integration:  social and behavioural sciences within health professions education’. Integration has been at the centre of medical education reforms since the 1990s. It has been (or is currently being) adopted by medical schools globally  in response to demands for more clinically focused, forward thinking curricula which are both patient and student centred.  Within the medical education literature there are over 1300 articles with the term integration in their title. Yet few discuss, in any depth, the process of integration and indeed the extent to which the overarching pedagogical goals of integration can be or are achieved.


Attending the conference 

The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on Sunday 27th August, 09.30- 15.45 (BST) with options to join in person or online.


In person: The room will be confirmed shortly but will be in the Old Medical School (Teviot Place). Accommodation in Edinburgh can be expensive and busy at this time of year so we advise booking sooner rather than later. For those attending the AMEE conference in Glasgow, it would be possible to stay in Glasgow - we have timed the day so it is possible to travel to Edinburgh for the start of our conference and back to Glasgow for the opening of the AMEE conference. 

Online: a joining link will be sent to those registered nearer the time. 

Conference fee (all fees go towards supporting the work of BeSST including the website costs and paying our patient and public involvement advocate for their time on the committee).

£50 (In person)

£30 (Online)


To register for a place please go to

Please get in touch with if you have any questions.

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