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Patient led conferences: an education for doctors

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7307.279 (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:279
  1. Miles Levy, specialist registrar in endocrinology
  1. National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

    Scientific conferences are an excellent way of keeping up to date with the latest developments in your subject. They are also a useful means of recharging your batteries away from the relentless timetable of clinical service, and an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues in the same specialty. Having become interested in pituitary disease, I decided to go to the Pituitary Foundation's annual conference. This foundation is a patient led organisation that provides support, advice, and education for patients with the whole spectrum of pituitary pathology.

    In contrast to previous conferences I have attended, where familiar faces of past and present colleagues abound, I found that I was one of only a few doctors present (apart from the few eminent professors …

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