Oxford Debate 'Medical Education Molds the Future of Medicine’


Date: 27-09-2019

Venue: The Academic Lounge. 2 Woodin’s Way, Oxford



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An exclusive format of events in the Academic Union, Oxford. The event is held under the aegis of the European Medical Association. It is a special networking and discussion platform, where regional healthcare leaders, trendsetters, key experts on medical education, scientists, doctors, innovative healthcare facility managers search for ways to improve medical education.

Medical education is undergoing a real seismic shift due to digital technology and the complexity of technical progress in the medical sphere for future healthcare practitioners.Telemedicine, analytics, artifcial intelligence, and chatbots are changing the quality of medical aid. Educational institutions must keep up with the times, introducing innovations and foreseeing changes.

At the same time, the training of a highly qualifed medical specialist is a long and costly process, and it is important to provide graduates with successful employment and continuous professional development. Debate participants will share their opinions on how to meet the needs of medical specialists of the next decades, on innovative approaches to medical education and educational management. The participants will consider the model of a FUTURE-READY DOCTOR for the modern clinics and cooperation opportunities between innovative clinics and colleges of medicine.

The opinions of speakers and experts on the future and potential challenges in medical education may coincide or differ, but they are always extremely interesting for medical sphere professionals.



• The Debates will be live streamed on the offcial channel of the Academic Union, Oxford and will be announced to professional audiences in 54 countries.
• Participants receive the Oxford Debate Expert Certifcate and special honors for achievements in the feld of science, technology, education named ‘The Name in Science and Education Award’.
• Speaking Notes will be published in the dedicated collection of scholarly articles University of the Future” (ISSN 2053-4736).
• Video presentation from participants will be shown on special screens in the center of Oxford.
• The sessions are held in the VIP format (12 participants only) which emphasizes the status of participants and allows maximum convenience and attention to everyone.


• Partner Sessionevery participant will give a brief presentation of his/her educational institution, clinic, and proposals on cooperation.
• Discussionsparticipants will share their opinions on medical education of the future and present their innovations and experiences from educational institutions.
• The Protocol part of the meeting will be devoted to awarding participants with the Oxford Debates Expert Certifcate and special honors for achievements in the feld of science, technology, education called ‘The Name in Science and Education Award’.
• For effective networkingthe Partner’s Dinner and an Oxford city tour are planned. 


Date of the event: September 27, 2019.
The venue: The Academic Lounge (2 Woodin’s Way, Oxford, UK).
The deadline for presentation materials submission: 15 September 2019.
The deadline for submission of Speaking Notes: 30 September 2019.
The publication of the dedicated collection of the scholarly articles ‘University of the Future’: prior to 25 October 2019 – online version, prior to 12 December 2019 – printed version.

Discussions: Part 1
1. What to do to promote Medicine as an attractive and sustainable profession?
2. Is it possible to make any predictions about the future of medical education for the coming decades, taking into account experience, achievements and current trends?
3. Is there a gap between the training of doctors and the future needs of healthcare? What changes in medical education should be done to create the college of medicine of the future?
4. In the era of globalization educational institutions should cooperate, not compete. Are you ready for initiative contacts, all-around partnership and joint projects with other universities all over the world?

Discussions: Part 2
1. Students need to study hard and long to get the right for treating people. Is there any problem with student’s motivation? What are effective recipes to improve motivation to study?
2. Is the statement that “Everything begins from the right selection of medical students” right? In your opinion, what is an effective system of an admission of applicants to medical schools?
3. According to a popular belief when training medical specialists, less attention should be paid to the basic subjects and more to ethics, communication skills and psychology in order to successfully influence patients and their families. Should the training of future doctors be aimed at meeting the multi-faceted needs of the patient, and not only of the medical science?
4. Can patient involvement be the future of medical education? Will patient evaluation help the medical students’ practice form a perfect doctor?
5. How to ensure the effectiveness of graduate employment? Can the factor of such effciency become the main indicator of the quality of higher professional education?
6. The evolution of continuing medical education.


Discussions: Part 3
1. Are global informatization and robotic medicine a challenge for a traditional college of medicine?
2. What medical professions will be the most in demand in the future? What new medical professions do you foresee? How to prepare for changes and keep up with the times?
3. The role and effective implementation of simulation training in medical education.
4. Successful cases of distance learning technologies implementation at the college of medicine.
5. Accelerated medical education programmes reduce the cost of education and solve the issue of doctors’ shortage, BUT does this method provides students with all the experience they need to achieve professional success?
6. The advantage of creating educational and medical centres or clusters. Successful cooperation model examples between innovative clinics and medical educational institutions.
7. How to completely implement educational management programmes at medical colleges?
8. Is it possible to effectively combine personal medical practice with clinic management?


President of the European Medical Association, Honorary President of the Academic Union, Oxford, UK.
Dr. Costigliola graduated in Medicine from the University of Naples and in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care from the University of Pisa. He also attended post-graduate studies in Rheumatology, Dermatology, Proctology, Oncology, Surgery, Drugs Abuse, Emergency Treatment, Disaster Action, Hospital Organization, Medical Teaching Methodology and Computer, Audio-Visual Training for the Medical Profession.
His professional experience ranges from senior military positions as Chief of Medical Services in the Italian Navy for a number of years, the responsibility of the outpatients’ clinic of the Shape Hospital in Belgium and family practice in Italy and Belgium.
Present position: Family Practice, c/o Centre Medicis - Brussels.
Medical Advisor: W.E.U. (Western European Union); NATO Bruxelles Italian embassy, consulate, and representative to EU Membership of professional bodiesPresident of E.M.A. (European Medical Association); President of E.D.A. (European Depression Association); Member of Editorial Advisory Board of ‘Psychiatry in primary care journal’; Member of the Steering Committee Health First Europe; Stakeholder Nutrition & Health 2020; Extensive experience in health informatics programs. Teaching experience.
Speeches and publications at the national and international conferencesDr. Costigliola has extensive experience in clinical trials and healthcare in Europe. He is the speaker of the Belgian Parliament and the European Parliament on medical tourism.


09:00 - 09:15 Registration, coffee break

09:15 - 10:00 Partner session

10:00 - 11:00 Discussions: Part 1

11:00 - 11:05 Break

11:05 - 12:00 Discussions: Part 2

12:00 - 13:00 Discussions: Part 3 

Q&A. Summing up. Presentation of the Oxford Debates Expert Certifcates

14:00 - 17:00 Oxford city tour with a visit to The Turf Tavern, the Oxford’s oldest tavern, the favorite resting place of Bill Clinton, Indira Gandhi and other famous world personalities who studied in Oxford.

19:00 - 21:00 Partner’s Dinner 




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