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The CCMAA Conference and Dinner Saturday April 14th 2018

The biannual CCMAA conference in April was focused on the themes of ‘Ethics, the Law and Patient’s Choice’ We had a good attendance of Christ’s College Alumni as well as a smattering of current medical students. We were delighted that the Master of Christ’s, Professor Jane Stapleton, joined us and provided an introductory talk about her academic career. Her academic life started with a Chemistry degree and research but then moved into tort Law with many areas touching medico-legal issues such as compensation for the harm from some pharmaceutical treatments and cancer. Her publications include ‘Diseases and the compensation debate’ (1986) and ‘Products liability’ (1994). She is also co-editor of the OUP Clarendon Law Series. So what had been timetabled as an introduction to alumni turned into a very interesting and informed contribution to the debate!

 

At the start of the Conference there was a brief report on the work of the CCMAA Committee and the President Dr Tony Jewell (m1969) was able to report that the finances were in good shape with an overall balance of £32,000 of which £11,600 is ring fenced for the Tim Heymann Memorial Travel Prize bequest. We have two new Patrons appointed – Professor Martin Johnson and Prof Sir Keith Peters who are both very distinguished academics in their fields and have supported the CCMAA from the early days. It was also reported that Dr Jonathan Gillard has agreed to act as our Treasurer and that Dr David Thomas was to stand down as Secretary to focus on his rapidly growing medical research endeavours with the Wellcome Trust Fellowship Award. Following the Conference we are delighted that Dr Isabel Huang Doran, a newly appointed Christ’s College Fellow, has stepped in as our new Secretary.  Finally we are always looking to create opportunities for alumni to interact with current medical students and having some financial resource helps to encourage their participation. You can make a donation using the DONATE button at the top of the page, and there are Gift Aid benefits for UK donors.

 

The provisional date for our next biannual conference is 18th April 2020.

 

The first Tim Heymann Memorial Travel Prize was awarded at the Conference to Alisha Cheuhan who received the cheque and provided us with a short power point supported talk about her elective in New South Wales, Australia. A report of her elective is provided elsewhere on this website but we were delighted to hear about the positive experience Alisha had and that Tim’s widow Amanda Rowlatt and members of her family were present to hear the talk and join the presentation and award Alisha her cheque.

 

Following the Master’s introductory talk and the prize presentation we heard from Kevin Turner FRCS (m1987) who following his initial training at Christ’s did further training in Oxford, Edinburgh and Melbourne being currently appointed as a Consultant Urologist in Bournemouth. During his training he was elected as Hunterian Professor of the RCS for his research into kidney cancer, is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Urological Surgery and examines for the FRCS. For this Conference Kevin focussed on his advocacy work to support surgeons when ‘things go wrong’. He has conducted research into how surgeons are affected and explores how resilience can be taught so that surgeons are prepared for these rare events and can make a distinction between errors and complications. His power point slideshow is available on the website.

 

Following Kevin, we had Dr Larry Amure (m1976) reflecting on ‘Simon’s Choice’, which was the subject of a BBC documentary about Simon Binner (m 1976) who died of Motor Neurone Disease in the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland. Larry was a contemporary of Simon’s and had kept up with Simon each year when the Christ’s College friendship group met. As a GP, Larry was in a unique position to discuss the difficult choices that were being made by Simon and within his wider family and friends. The DVD of the BBC programme was screened before the Conference and on the Sunday morning and we are grateful to Larry for attending these screenings and discussing key issues. We hold a copy of the DVD to loan out to Alumni if interested – please contact the officers. Larry referred to a useful BMJ publication ‘Assisted Dying – why is the profession so out of step with the public?’ (BMJ 10th Feb 2018)

 

Following on from Larry we heard from Dr Tom Boyd (m1970) who is a General Practitioner Expert Witness. He was a principal in GP for 30 years and was involved in the MRCGP examinations and was an Associate Postgraduate Dean. Since then has worked as a GP locum and developed his expertise in medico legal matters. He has built up a huge experience having provided over 1400 reports on medico legal matters to claimant’s solicitors, medical defence organisations, the GMC, Crown Prosecution Services and others. Tom drew on this wealth of experience to steer an interactive session ‘Reasonable and responsible clinical practice – you decide’ The audience was drawn into debating the various case studies and the votes were not unanimous!

 

The final plenary session was Chaired by Prof Theresa Marteau a Fellow of the College, on specific propositions from the day. The speakers formed the panel to respond and the Chair of the students Medical Society, Jasmine Bawa joined in too. There was no shortage of views from the panel and audience, which shows why this area of discourse is so important.

 

The Conference dinner in College was the usual high standard and Dr Mike Knapton (m1977) delivered the after dinner speech which drew on some of his experiences as a GP, guiding patients through their end of life experience in a perceptive and sensitive way. Dr Arnold Fertig (m1968) delivered the vote of thanks for what had proved to be a very stimulating day.

 

One of the speakers Dr Robert Weir QC  (m1988) had been unable to complete his journey following a RTA which thankfully he escaped injury. He has kindly agreed to attend College to talk about “Medical negligence – ethics and the law’ in the autumn. The date and time and place will be posted on the website and advertised in College.

Details of previous meeting programmes, talks, speakers and attendees can be found below.

 
CCMAA Programmes & Meeting Reports
Name Owner Date  
Spring meeting of the CCMAA, April 2016   Catherine Twilley 18/09/2018 10:07:03    

Report on winter meeting held in December 2015   Catherine Twilley 18/09/2018 10:03:56    

Joint CCMAA & CCMS Meeting 7 March 2015   Bethany Blakeman 17/05/2016 12:10:58    
Meeting report

CCMAA Meeting September 2014   Bethany Blakeman 17/05/2016 10:21:12    
Meeting report

CCMAA London Event 2014   Bethany Blakeman 16/05/2016 15:37:31    
Meeting report

Joint CCMAA and CCMS February 2014   Bethany Blakeman 16/05/2016 15:35:05    
Meeting report

CCMAA Spring Meeting 2016   Bethany Blakeman 16/05/2016 15:16:59    
Programme for the Spring Meeting held at Christ's on 9 & 10 April 2016

CCMAA Winter Meeting 2015   Bethany Blakeman 16/12/2015 15:10:53    
Programme from the Winter Meeting 2015 held in London.

List of attendees CCMAA-CCMS meeting 7-4-15   Tom Turmezei 29/04/2015 11:31:40    

CCMAA 6-9-14 Programme   Catherine Twilley 29/09/2014 11:58:12    
Programme from the CCMAA event on 6 September 2014
 
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