Physical Examination

Thursday, 02 February 2023


MedChi Hall, Aberdeen

Does the Physical Examination have a Future?

Professor Andrew Elder, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the first geriatrician to take this role.

Educated at Edinburgh Medical School, he has been an NHS consultant in medicine for older people since 1993 and in 2015 was appointed as an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh Medical School.

Recognised as expert in the teaching and assessment of clinical skills, Professor Elder has taught or assessed bedside clinical skills in over twenty countries in the past ten years and he was Medical Director of MRCP(UK) — the world‘s largest postgraduate medical examination — from 2013 to 2018.

He has been a visiting professor at a number of US Institutions including Stanford, California, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington University St Louis, and was the inauguraI Visiting Professor of Bedside Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore.

In 2021, he was awarded Mastership of the American College of Physicians, becoming the first doctor practising in Scotland to attain this honour since its inception in 1923. In 2022, he became a Fellow Ad Hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He believes that compassion, communication and core clinical skills remain fundamental to high quality care and therefore have prime importance in contemporary medical education.

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