Medical Academics Committee

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Academic trainees

Academic trainees are represented in the BMA by the Joint Academic Trainees Subcommittee (JATS) of both MASC and the JDC.

An academic trainee is defined as being a junior doctor with an academic or research component to their training.

JATS has the responsibility of considering and taking forward issues of concern to academic trainees and of ensuring that academic training is considered by the parent committees.


Election to the JATS

There are places for four academic trainees to be elected to the JATS at the Clinical Academic Trainees' Conference.

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for JATS are as follows:

  • To consider matters particularly affecting academic trainees
  • To advise the MASC and JDC on matters affecting academic trainees, including on possible courses of action and to facilitate the sharing of relevant information between MASC and JDC
  • To lead on developing BMA policy specifically for academic trainees, with the exception of contractual negotiations, on which the subcommittee will advise both MASC and JDC
  • To take forward any action as directed by MASC and JDC
  • To lead on developing guidance for academic trainees for approval by MASC and JDC
  • To lead on developing and enhancing communications with academic trainees
  • To organise the Clinical academic trainees conference.


Committee representative


  • JATS chair: Bala Karunakaran

Deputy Chairs

  • JATS deputy chair: Yanushi Wijeyeratne


Clinical academic trainees conference

Details of past annual conferences and conference presentations available for download.

  • 2017 conference

    This year's clinical academic trainee conference took place on 4 February in London, and give medical academics and students an opportunity to network, learn and make the most of their academic training.

    Conference highlights

  • Resources from past conferences

    The 2013 conference theme was "Going viral: The growing role of social media and new technologies in research and education".

    A selection of the day's talks are below:

    How is new technolgoy helping to achieve the James Lind Alliance's mission?
    Dr Richard Morley, James Lind Alliance
    Download the presentation (PPT) 

    Social media, the internet and potential for research
    Professor Alan Eardley, Professor in Enterprise Computing, Staffordshire University
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Getting involved in the BMA
    Dr Gurdeep Singh Mannuu, Medical Academic rep to the BMA Junior Members Forum 2013
    Dr Doug Pendse, Deputy Chair, Joint Academic Trainees Subcommittee
    Download the presentation (PPT)


    The 2012 conference gave Academic trainees opportunities to network and have their questions answered by leading clinical academics.

    A selection of the day's talks are below.

    Funding Talk
    Professor Ian Hall
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Funding Talk - Academic Foundation Trainees
    Dr Dolores Conroy
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Funding Talk - Academic Clinical Fellows
    Dr Dolores Conroy
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Funding Talk - Clinical Lecturers and Post-Doctorates
    Dr Dolores Conroy
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Medical Education
    Dr Duncan Shrewsbury
    Download the presentation (PPT)

    Professor Elizabeth Simpson and Ms Colby Benari
    Download the presentation (PPT)