5 minutes with our Key Note Speakers

Professor Jennifer Cleland

What are you most looking forward to about the second international selection

for the health professions conference 2018?

I am really looking forward to re-connecting with existing friends and colleagues from across the globe, and meeting new people.  There are so many presentations that are of interest, and I fully expect to learn lots and come home full of new ideas and enthusiasm.

Please provide a brief synopsis of your presentation

My presentation is on the topic of: Does disadvantage continue: examining the fairness and rigour of postgraduate training selection processes?  Although my title focuses on postgraduate training, I’ll be presenting this as a story, from preparing to enter medical school to applying for postgraduate training.  I’ll use data to support my points, but also share some of my semi-evidence based thoughts on the medical careers pathway.  I’ll also pose some questions as we go along, and I look forward to some discussion at the end. 

Why should your presentation not be missed?

I hope my presentation contributes to discussions as to disadvantage and advantage in medical selection and performance, and encourages people to reflect on the status quo and how things could be changed.

How does attending events like the Australasian student selection for the health professions conference 2018 inform or relate to your current practice?

Events like this keep me up to date and aware of what other groups around the world are looking at on the topics of selection and widening access.  It is a real treat to come to a conference that is specific to one of my areas of interest, rather than a more general medical education meeting.

What else are you looking forward to about your trip to Melbourne?

Getting away from what has been a ridiculously long Scottish winter!  And, of course, lovely Australian wines.


Professor Des Gorman

What are you most looking forward to about the second international selection

For the health professions conference 2018?

Meting people who are trying to solve the same problems that I am.

Please provide a brief synopsis of your presentation

It is a critical review of how well selection processes have been used to shape the health workforce and what should be done.

Why should your presentation not be missed?

Hopefully it will cause the audience to critically evaluate their own practice.

How does attending events like the Australasian student selection for the health professions conference 2018 inform or relate to your current practice?

It is an opportunity for sharing successes, tailoring and opportunities.

What else are you looking forward to about your trip to Melbourne?

Melbourne is a favourite destination – A city that is culturally rich.


Professor Sandra Nicholson

What are you most looking forward to about the second international selection

For the health professions conference 2018?

Conferences such as these provide really good opportunities to meet people who share similar ideas and goals but who also inspire me to try something new or think differently

Please provide a brief synopsis of your presentation

My presentation is designed to prompt and provoke further critical debate concerning widening participation to medicine, exploring why we have largely failed to significantly increase the diversity of the medical workforce, and how we need a step change in medical selection.

Why should your presentation not be missed?

My presentation aims to put the cat amongst the pigeons -who would want to miss that!

How does attending events like the Australasian student selection for the health professions conference 2018 inform or relate to your current practice?

This conference ensures that I am up to date with all the latest selection research before it even gets published.

What else are you looking forward to about your trip to Melbourne?

Catching up with colleagues and not carrying an umbrella.