COMAR is the BMA’s policy forum for medical academics. We welcome doctors engaged in medical research and medical education in higher education institutions, in the NHS, industry and beyond. All doctors engaged in this work at any stage of their career are eligible to attend. You do not need to be a BMA member to be able to attend.
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Marcia Schofield, Chair of COMAR on why you should attend
COMAR provides an opportunity each year for medical academics from across the UK to discuss key issues, network, share experiences and set priorities for and elect members to the BMA’s MASC (Medical academic staff committee). We have listened to feedback from last year’s conference and our aim this year is to give participants a bigger say in the policy making process.
“Collaborations across disciplines and environments” is the conference theme chosen this year. The programme for the day will include:
- Keynote speech from Surgeon Commander Sarah Stapley (Royal Navy) on research collaborations across disciplines and environments;
- Dr Sonia Kumar, director of undergraduate primary care education at Imperial College London, reflecting on the theme of the conference from a medical education perspective.
- Opportunities to create, submit and debate motions on issues affecting medical academics, giving you the chance to influence the BMA’s work over the coming year
- Panel discussion that will consider the advantages and challenges of academic activity in non-traditional environments; the types of research that lend themselves to being done in non-traditional environments; and how can social accountability be built in to medical research and education.
- Networking opportunities throughout the day
After the conference formally closes we will hold an informal networking drinks reception for all representatives. This should last around an hour finishing at 6pm.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Friday 29 March, and to you helping to create an engaging and valuable day.
Marcia Schofield, Chair of COMAR
If you are attending the conference and would like to submit a motion for consideration by the agenda committee, you can do so by sending it to [email protected]. The deadline for motions is 9pm on Monday 28 January. The agenda committee would particularly welcome motions on the topics being covered by the speakers, on increasing diversity in academic medicine and on the medical academic workforce generally. Read some tips on writing a good motion (which should increase the chances of it being debated).
Attendees will be able to choose to attend upon registration, focused breakout groups to discuss areas of concern to medical academics with the intention of creating motions for debate later in the day. This will help the conference to be responsive to the latest developments and thinking and help influence the work of MASC over the coming year.
Who can attend?
All places will open for registration on Monday 3 December 2018 at 12pm. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a place for a trained and a trainee representative from each university, places from each devolved nation in the UK and each region of England. There are also separate places for pharmaceutical physicians and for NHS doctors with a significant academic component to their jobs.
All places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but do please indicate on the registration form where you will be attending from.
In the event of the conference being over-subscribed, there may need to be an online election to determine who may attend. We will, however, make every effort to ensure that anyone who wants to attend can.
You can find out more information from the MASC secretariat at [email protected].
You do not need to be a BMA member to take part, but non-members will need to be registered on the BMA website.
Attending the conference
Places at the conference are now open on a first come first served basis until the relevant places are filled.
Attendance is free to BMA members and costs £40 (including VAT) for non-members and includes refreshments and a delegate pack.
Non-members are entitled to the BMA rate if they join the BMA when registering. For further information about this call BMA conferences on 020 7383 6137.
If for any reason after registering you should find yourself no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be allocated to someone else.
Understanding conference procedures
Don't worry if you've not been to one of our conferences before and think that it will be full of arcane procedure. We try to be as open and friendly as possible. We will also issue guidance on the form of the conference in advance of the meeting and there will be a teach-in for new representatives immediately before the conference opens. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to attend.
Helping you to attend (BMA members only)
Please contact BMA conferences for more information about care facilities for children and dependent adults, which can be provided free of charge including in your own home by your usual care provider. Please send in the request as soon as possible and in any event no later than Friday 1 March 2019 as we cannot guarantee to provide this facility if notice is given after this date.
Reasonable standard class travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendees on production of receipts. You are asked to make every effort to book tickets in advance and to make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.
The cost of overnight stays will normally only be met if it is necessary for the attendees to leave home before 6.30am. Nonetheless you must gain advance approval for a claim of accommodation costs. If you require the BMA to cover the cost of your overnight accommodation or have queries about it, you must email your request in advance to [email protected].
Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £205 per night. Delegates will be expected to cover any difference themselves.