The Association for Elderly Medicine Education (AEME) is a non-profit organisation which promotes the continued professional development and education of healthcare professionals who care for older patients, with the aims of improving standards of care and promoting interest and uptake into the specialty of Geriatric Medicine.

We were formed in November 2012 by a small group of Geriatric Medicine trainees from the North East of England with an interest in medical education, who wanted to share their passion for the specialty.

Our founding members were: Mark Garside, James Fisher and Kelly Hunt.

Our current committee members are:

  • Chris Taylor (Chair, Tech, G4J:Connect )

Chris joined the AEME team in 2017. A Newcastle graduate (2011), he completed his foundation training in the northeast before heading to London to complete core medical training and a teaching fellowship. Moving back to the northeast for specialty training, he is currently an ST7 in geriatric medicine based at Sunderland. His main interest within geriatrics is all things Stroke and out of work you can usually find him on a golf course! His twitter username is @toongerisdoc.

  • Emma Fisken (Secretary, COTEcast)

Emma graduated from Newcastle University and completed her foundation training in Northumbria before heading to work in New Zealand for 2 years. Her love of the Geordies brought her back to the northeast and she is currently a Less Than Full Time geriatric medicine trainee in Sunderland. She joined the AEME team alongside Chris in 2017 having been to G4J herself in 2014. Her twitter username is @emma_fisken.

  • Christina Page (Treasurer, Mini-GEMs)

Christina joined the AEME team in 2018 after being an avid G4J fan since it’s conception. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 and has completed all her subsequent training in the North-East. Currently a less than full time geriatric registrar, Christina enjoys all the Northumberland coast and country has to offer, as well as cycling, skiing and arts & crafts with her toddlers! Her twitter is @COTE__Christina

  • Dilani Perera (OPMentor, Communciations)

Dilani joined the AEME team in 2019. Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013, she completed her Foundation and Core Medical Training in Birmingham before moving to the North East in 2017 to start Speciality Training in Geriatrics.  She is currently an ST7 with an interest in frailty and acute geriatrics and hopes to share her passion for elderly medicine to inspire a new generation of geriatric trainees.  Since moving to Newcastle you can often find her enjoying the North East sun by the beach! Her twitter handle is @Shavanthi P

  • Hannah Fairclough (G4J)

Hannah joined the AEME team in 2019 having attended the G4Js conferences in Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle. She classes herself as an honorary Geordie having graduated from Newcastle University (2013) and subsequently having spent all of her training in the North East.  She is currently an ST5 in Geriatric Medicine with her main interest in Movement Disorders. Outside of work she enjoys reading in the sunshine and spending time with family. Her Twitter handle is @HannahFairclou4


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