The aim of this summer school was to foster debate and engage with like-minded colleagues while offering additional learning relevant to evidence-based health care post pandemic and various social events.
Each event required individual registration so that attendees could pick and choose which events they attended for a more tailored approach.
All events were well attended and it was great to see the level of engagement, participation and energy from all the speakers and attendees. With a global reach of approximately 80 attendees for EBMLive and 70 students during our week two skills workshops, we were able to understand and learn from, a variety of research projects in evidence-based health care, the challenges they faced, and impact they had within different healthcare settings.
During the first week we hosted small groups of likeminded people exploring niche areas of healthcare that were of particular interest. This gave students the opportunity to discuss, challenge and reflect on principles, theories and practice in a safe, intimate environment.
Dr. Kamal Mahtani and Sean Heneghan led a two-day workshop around the principles and skills of becoming an effective leader in healthcare; providing a teaser for new module in health sciences, 'Fundamentals of Leadership', led by both Kamal and Sean in March 2023 (Opening to applications soon!)
Stephanie Tierney led one-day workshop, ' An Introduction to qualitative systematic reviews', where she introduced the different approaches to qualitative synthesis, and Professor Carl Heneghan and Jonathan Livingstone-Banks ran a four-day, accredited module, 'The History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care, exploring the importance of critical thinking & philosophical analysis to understand the logic behind knowledge.
This was an opportunity for our post-graduate students to connect with each other and their supervisors, whilst gaining skills in areas that will help with their studies through a variety of workshops. Topics include maximizing research for impact, open research practices, and developing protocols for systematic reviews, and we've had great feedback from our students, who really valued the opportunity to reconnect following the pandemic.
Our final week was EBMLive 2022 and despite an unexpected heatwave, it was a huge success. With various seminars, workshops and talks for people to dip in and out of, the conference was relaxed, open and collaborative. We hosted over 15 sessions, led by various students and experts in evidence-based health care, including our David Sackett Fellows presenting on their work, followed by a recap from EBMLive's 2019 Doug Altman Scholar, Stephen Bradley, and a panel session led by Dr. Kamal Mahtani, joined by President of Kellogg College, Jonathan Michie, Professor of theoretical epidemiology at the Department of Zoology, Oxford, Suneptra Gupta and Alumni, Professor Khamis Elessi from Islamic University, Gaza, for discussions around leadership in health education and healthcare both during and post pandemic.
We'd like to say a massive thank you to the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, the Department for Continuing Education and Kellogg College for all the hard work and dedication that's gone in to the planning of this event.
Due to the success we've had, we hope to replicate in in the future - watch this space!