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Young Diabetologists & Endocrinologists’ Forum (YDEF)

The Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum is a forum for young diabetologists who are members of Diabetes UK.

The Forum exists under the auspices of the Professional Working Groups of Diabetes UK. Its constitution and any future changes shall be subject to the approval of this committee.

Aims

The Forum seeks to represent and support the interests of junior doctors who are involved in any aspect of diabetes care or research. In particular, the Forum has three key objectives:

  • Representation – within Diabetes UK via the elected member and on national committees by nomination from within the Forum.
  • Education and training – that might not be available elsewhere. This could cover clinical, research, managerial and other relevant topics both to promote learning as well as the development of skills. A range of teaching and learning approaches would be employed. Information about relevant courses would also be disseminated.
  • Social and networking – the development of contacts across the country to share information and experience will be promoted.

Membership

Members of the Forum must be fully paid-up Professional Members of Diabetes UK. Members will normally be medically qualified, have completed general professional training and be involved in any aspect of diabetes care or research. Associate membership may be offered to others (e.g. medical students) at the discretion of the committee. Members will not have held a consultant or senior lecturer post for more than two years.

Events

YDEF organise and deliver a variety of meetings throughout the year, each one offering a different aspect of diabetes care specifically targeted for members. Course topics include lipids, insulin pumps, foot care, research days and clinical management. The highlight  of the Forum is its annual meeting 'YDEF Day', which is appended to Diabetes UK's Professional Conference. The annual meeting aims to address, and be responsive to the needs of all its members. 

Committee

  • Aaisha Saqib (South London)
  • Anne DeBray (West Midlands)
  • Becky Sagar (West Yorkshire)
  • Clare Whicher (Wessex)
  • Fahad Arshad (Yorkshire)
  • Guilia Argentesi (London)
  • Meera Ladwa (South London)
  • Najaf Haider (Wessex)
  • Peter Jacob (London)
  • Swarupini Ponnampalam (London)
  • Tim Robbins (West Midlands)
  • Tom Crabtree (East Midlands)

The YDEF reports to the Professional Working Groups via the elected SpR member (Chair) – currently Najaf Haider.

Please go to the Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists' Forum website for more information.

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