Fourth International Clinical Skills Conference

Prato, Tuscany 22 - 25 May 2011

Fifth International Clinical Skills Conference

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Clinical Skills Education: Building Bridges between Simulation and Practice

Following the successful Fourth International Clinical Skills Conference held in 2011, a fifth conference will be held, convened by an international, multiprofessional steering committee and co-ordinated by the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Dundee. This conference will meet the needs of interprofessional researchers and practitioners involved in the development of high quality education in all aspects of clinical skills. Building on our experience and acknowledging delegate feedback, the conference programme format has been altered to meet the needs of delegates and presenters. There will be scheduled workshops, plenary and concurrent sessions in the main programme.

Aims of conference

Provide a forum for debate on innovation and the evidence base for clinical skills teaching and learning:

  • Showcase research and best practice in clinical skills education
  • Stimulate innovation in clinical skills
  • Gather expert and beginner clinical skills educators for networking
  • Aid funding for research on clinical skills


Work may be submitted for consideration for presentation as:

  • Full research papers - describing evidence based practice and innovation
  • Brief papers or poster presentations - presenting and discussing work in progress and new ideas
  • Workshops - practical problems addressed in a ‘hands on' fashion
    • Abstracts will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee
    • Abstracts to be submitted online; closing date for abstract submission
    • Monday 6th August 2012 (5:00pm your local time)
    • For abstract specifications please refer to abstract link on conference website

Conference Themes

  • Innovations to advance clinical skills education and practice
  • Excellence in teaching and learning skills - what's working
  • Assessing clinical skills in the workplace
  • Evidenced-based teaching and assessment of clinical skills
  • Evidenced-based interprofessional collaboration in clinical skills education and practice
  • Priorities in clinical skills education - including feedback and evaluation of clinical skills
  • Research in clinical skills - where's the evidence?
  • Professionalism as part of clinical compe


Monash Prato Centre is located in an elegant 18th century building, the Palazzo Vaj, in the historic centre of Prato Italy. The centre is 25 minutes by train from Florence.