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Professor Olanrewaju Sorinola's Inaugural Lecture

WIHEA and the Warwick Medical School jointly hosted the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Olanrewaju Sorinola on Tuesday 9 April 2024

Journeys and Values: An Optical Illusion or A Concrete Worldview?

Tuesday 9 April, 12:30-14:00

Prof Sorinola reflected on his life journey which has taken him through three continents and discuss how he became a clinical academic. He shone the light on various challenges encountered, highs and lows, how he overcame them and what kept him motivated. He then explored values – what they are and how they affect and influence our worldview. He challenged the notion that we already know everything there is to know about our values and how his passion for equity, inclusivity and achieving excellence for all has led him to thinking differently and challenging the norm. He then concluded by answering the question in the title of his talk with another question: if your life was a book, what would the chapters be?

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Professor Olanrewaju Sorinola, PhD, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, is Professor of Medical Education at University of Warwick Medical School and Consultant Urogynaecologist at South Warwickshire NHS university Foundation Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was Chair of the International Urogynaecological Association Public Relations Committee (2015-2020), a role that saw him educating people worldwide on pelvic floor problems. He has published extensively in urogynaecology and obstetrics and been invited speaker at various national and international conferences.

Professor Sorinola interests spans beyond his clinical role. His interest in medical education is well known. He did his PhD in medical education with a realist evaluation of faculty and learner outcomes. Professor Sorinola has a renowned reputation nationally and internationally for improving outcomes for learners and reducing inequalities. His passion for equality, diversity, inclusivity and achieving excellence has led him to research, publish and international recognised with award at the International Education Conference, Malaysia 2022 and distinguished adjunct Professorship awarded to him at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (one of Australia’s prestigious Group of eight Universities) in 2022.

He hasn’t rested on all his accolades and his work continues nationally and internationally as Co-Chair of the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) faculty development committee, Board member of the UK Medical Schools Council EDI Committee, Chair of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine (SEM) EDI Committee, member of the University Social Inclusion Committee, Chair of Warwick Medical School Awarding Gap committee, a Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Fellow (2019-22), Co-Lead of the WIHEA Anti-Racism Pedagogy and Process in HE Learning Circle, and he just completed his term as WIHEA Advisory Group member in Jan 2024.

A live stream link to the Inaugural Lecture will be available shortly