In a unique communications partnership, the Royal Society of Medicine and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme.
‘Doctors of the Future’ looks at the transformations in medical education as well as innovations in medical research and technologies that will shape the healthcare of tomorrow. The programme premiered at the 12th Medical Innovations Summit on Saturday 16th April 2016 at The Royal Society of Medicine. Watch the reaction to the programme here.
Introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, the programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports, along with sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector.
Widening access to medical careers is a key concern of the Royal Society of Medicine, which is currently working with schools on a pilot project designed to offer support and career guidance to students throughout their time at secondary school. A report from the Medical Schools Council found that 80 percent of all medical students in the UK stem from just 20 percent of schools. In an interview with Natasha Kaplinsky, Mr Babulal Sethia, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, and Dr Fiona Moss, Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine emphasise the importance of fostering a culture of aspiration to attract young people from different backgrounds into the healthcare professions. There is also a need for continuous professional development throughout doctors’ careers. The programme features a special report on the Society’s Medical Careers Day with interviews from students considering their options for higher education.
Technological advances are also at the centre of ‘Doctors of the Future’. The Society’s Developments in Digital Health 2016 event in February provided the opportunity to discuss the latest innovations in digital health, as well as the potential benefits and challenges to the health service of these developments.
A total of eleven sponsored news-style reports feature in ‘Doctors of the Future’, championing medical education, research and innovation:
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)