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Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

What Surgeons Can Learn from Polar Explorers and Fighter Pilots

Professor Roger Kneebone

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).


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

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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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