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Volume 25, Issue 4 - Medical Education

Lessons from building an accredited medical conference: Design and delivery

Abstract

Participation in meetings and events by healthcare professionals is part of their continuing professional development, and it is a requirement for organisers to gain accreditation for continuing professional development in order to attract delegates. We describe our experiences of building an affordable educational event without the involvement of an industry sponsor. The programme spanned a range of interlinked health topics, a research forum and opportunity to network with scientists from academia and industry across Europe. Following a de-brief with the conference team and analysis of delegate evaluations, a number of learning points emerged, including the need to start organising early, difficulties in reaching the target audience, the high cost of delivering such an event, scheduling issues, and the degree of team effort required for a successful outcome.

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