About this event

  • Date and time Thu 10 Jun 2021 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare, Medicine and Society

This webinar will explore the role of medical education in connection with the climate crisis, health, and healthcare delivery, and how to address areas of improvement in healthcare education. 

Expert speakers; Tamara Lucas, Executive Editor, The Lancet, Sir Andrew Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineSarah Walpole, Infectious diseases registrar, Newcastle Hospitals, Sustainable Healthcare Education Network, and Renee Salas, Lead Author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018, Emergency Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will identify professional learning needs concerning healthcare, healthcare education and climate change. 

This webinar will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How medical education can facilitate the role of healthcare professionals in addressing climate change and the effects of climate change on health
  • How climate change is taught and learned in under/post-graduate education
  • The relevance of climate change as part of medical education and continuous professional development 
  • Educational needs at the intersection of medicine and climate change and determine how to best advocate for them
  • Where and how relevant education resources are provided 

CPD learning applied. 

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Key speakers

Tamara Lucas

Tamara Lucas

Executive Editor, The Lancet
Speaker's biography
Tamara studied Anthropology BSc at University College London, followed by a Master’s Degree at London’s Royal College of Art (MA RCA). After several years spent working as an anthropologist and curator of ethnography and Indigenous art in the UK and Australia, Tamara moved into publishing, joining Elsevier in 2007, followed by The Lancet in 2013.
Tamara is particularly interested in climate change, food systems and nutrition, and planetary health, and leads projects at the weekly Lancet journal covering these disciplines. These include the annual Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, and various Commissions including the One Health Commission, and the Chatham House Commission on population health post-COVID-19.
Follow Tamara on social media: @tamaralucasoxf @TheLancet

Sir Andrew Haines

Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Sarah Walpole

 Infectious Diseases and Medical Registrar (ST4), currently working in Virology at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Speaker's biography

Sarah’s interests include systems thinking and planetary health principles, and their application in healthcare, health leadership and health professional education. She is an active member of the North East of England’s Integrated Care System’s Sustainability Group and leading on a SusQI project to improve respiratory care at Newcastle Hospitals.  

 

Sarah contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate education locally, including integration of planetary health education into the new curriculum at Newcastle Medical School. Sarah has led a number of national and international collaborations in this field. Most recently, she led the development of the Association of Medical Education in Europe’s Consensus Statement on Planetary Health and Sustainable Healthcare Education 

 

Her previous roles have included Clinical Teaching Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare at the University of Leeds, Medical Activities Manager for Medecins Sans Frontiers in Walikale, DRC and Lead Medical Faculty for Doctors Worldwide’s Postgraduate Fellowship in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.  As a medical student, Sarah founded the student group ‘Healthy Planet’ (which advocates and educates about planetary health issues) and became an active member of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, contributing to the development of the Sustainable Education Network which she later co-directed.  

 

In September 2021, Sarah will be taking up a one-year post as the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.

 

Follow Sarah on social media: @sarahcwalpole 

Renee Salas

Dr Renee Salas

Lead Author of the Lancet  Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018, Emergency Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA

Speaker's biography
Dr Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practising emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 
Dr Salas has served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded its Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centres working at the nexus of climate change and health. She was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium - in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine - and spearheads the broader Initiative. She also serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health.
She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health nationally and internationally, advises and publishes in high impact journals, and her work and expertise are regularly featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press. 
Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.
Follow Renee on social media: @ReneeNSalas_MD

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Ioanna Psalti, Council Member, RSM Medicine and Society Section and Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, RSM GP Section

Why climate change in medical education and why now?

Tamara Lucas, Executive Editor, The Lancet 

Climate change and health: Implications for CPD

Sir Andrew Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Climate in medical education and training

Aarti Bansal, Founder, Greener Practice Network, GP and NIHR research fellow at Hull York Medical School and Sarah Walpole, Infectious Diseases Registrar, Newcastle Hospitals, Sustainable Healthcare Education Network 

The USA perspective on the learning needs of qualified professionals with respect to the environment, and the integration of climate in the curriculum

Renee Salas, Lead Author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018, Emergency Medicine Physician,  Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School  

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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