Invited Speakers

Katherine Barraclough

Associate Professor Katherine Barraclough

Nephrologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Katherine Barraclough is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her basic medical training in Melbourne then undertook advanced training in Nephrology in Vancouver, Canada, New Delhi India and Brisbane, Australia. She subsequently completed a PhD through the University of Queensland (2012) undertaking clinical research examining pharmacogenetic, pharmaocokinetic and pharmaocdynamic monitoring of immunosuppressive therapy in adult kidney transplant recipients. Over the years her primary research interests have included individualization of immunosuppression in kidney transplantation and Indigenous Australian renal health and disease. More recently, she has focused her attention on the issue of environmental sustainability within the health care system and the intersection between planetary and human health. She is current Chair of the Victorian Nephrology Environmental Sustainability Special Interest Group and the ANZSN Green Nephrology Working Group. She is also a committee member of the Victorian branch for Doctors for the Environment..

Rakesh Patel

Dr Rakesh Patel MBChB MRCP (UK)(Nephrology) MMed MD SFHEA

Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Education, Course Director MMedSci in Medical Education & Divisional Postgraduate Taught Course and Research Lead in the Education Centre, University of Nottingham Medical School Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Nottingham University Hospitals

Dr. Rakesh Patel is Course Director for the MMedSci in Medical Education & Divisional Postgraduate Taught Course and Research Lead in the Education Centre. Dr. Patel graduated from Leicester with a degree in Medicine and undertook his early medical training across the East Midlands. He completed a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2011. His thesis investigated the experiential-relevance of self-regulated learning in underperformance, and described a conceptual model for understanding the student failing experience at medical school. He completed a Doctorate in Medical Education research and his thesis investigated the use of virtual patients created from web-based simulation for developing clinical problem-solving and decision-making skills among novices at medical school. In 2012, he was appointed NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Leicester. His current research investigates the effectiveness of a multifaceted educational intervention for increasing the prescribing performance and safety behaviours of junior doctors across hospitals in the NHS ( He is an education associate of the General Medical Council and committee member for the Technology-enhanced learning committee of Association for Medical Education in Europe.

Lara Varpio

Professor Lara Varpio

Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director of Research for the Health Professions Education graduate degree program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Dr. Varpio completed her PhD in English in 2007 (University of Waterloo) in collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Research in Education at the University of Toronto. This award winning research investigated Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and their impact on medical trainee socialization (2008 Outstanding Dissertation NCTE; 2007 University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal). Dr. Varpio spent the first 6 years of her career at the University of Ottawa before moving to the Washington DC area to work with USU.

Among the many awards she has won over her career, Dr. Varpio was most recently honored with the 2016 Diana Forsythe Award in recognition for the year’s best paper at the intersection of Social Sciences and Medical Informatics, and with inclusion in the 2016 Yearbook of Medical Informatics as one of the best papers addressing clinical information systems. Dr. Varpio is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, an Associate Editor for Perspectives on Medical Education (PME), and the Special Edition Editor for Lessons Learned from Health Professions Education Failures Surprises for PME. She has served on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ national Medical Education Meeting planning committee since 2013, and has recently joined the Association for Medical Education in Europe’s research committee where she is Chair of the Grants Committee.