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Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

What Surgeons Can Learn from Polar Explorers and Fighter Pilots

Professor Roger Kneebone, Phil Bayman, Dougal Goodman OBE

Trauma surgery, combat flying and polar exploration require professionals to work in risky conditions where error can lead to catastrophe. One key skill is recognising when a situation is getting out of control and finding a ‘place of safety’; another is to learn from mistakes without allowing self-confidence to be destroyed. 

This lecture explores how high-risk professionals can share insights relevant to medicine, helping clinicians to develop essential skills. 

With Phil Bayman (combat pilot) and Dougal Goodman (polar explorer).

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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.

Professor Kneebone's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 Performing Medicine, Performing Surgery

2019/20 Reframing Medical Education

2018/19 Medical Education and Training

All lectures by the Current Visiting Professor of Medical Education can be accessed here.

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Phil is a former RAF fighter pilot with extensive combat experience, who is a former instructor and performance coach for 100’s of the world’s finest fighter pilots, including many from the world famous Red Arrows.

He specialises in designing and implementing change programmes that embed effective risk management in complex, regulated, and dynamic industry across industry sectors.

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Dougal is a British scientist and was Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology between 2000-2018.

From 1995 to 2000 he was a Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey responsible for the science undertaken by the UK Antarctic Programme, and was awarded the Polar Medal. 

His interests are polar history and development of arctic areas as well as walking from Coulags Croft in Coulags in the highlands of Scotland.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to science.

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