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Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Dissecting the Consultation

Professor Roger Kneebone


The consultation is the focal point of medicine. A clinician and a patient, held together in a relationship of care, collaborate in identifying that patient's needs and finding a solution. Scientific knowledge and clinical skill only make sense in the context of that interaction. Each consultation is unique, a close-up live performance with a very small audience.

After describing key elements of the consultation, an expert in a different kind of close-up live performance will be introduced - Will Houstoun, a leading magician. After watching Will perform, similarities and differences will be explored through conversation.

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Roger Kneebone is Visiting Professor of Medical Education at Gresham College and Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science at Imperial College London. His clinical career has ranged from trauma surgery in Southern Africa to general practice in Wiltshire and he has a longstanding fascination with education and simulation. His academic interests cross disciplinary boundaries and he is Director of the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) and the Royal College of Music - Imperial College Centre for Performance Science. 

In recognition of his innovative work combining medicine, music and the arts, Roger has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music, received the City & Guilds of London Art School’s first Honorary Fellowship, and been elected a full member of the Art Workers Guild. In 2012 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.

Current Visiting Professor of Medical science

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