I was delighted to be asked to speak at one of the Royal Society of Medicine's Medicine and Me seminars recently. I didn't know about these sessions. The RSM describes them thus:
Medicine and Me is a series of events that aim to provide an open environment in which the patient’s voice is given top priority. They give patients the opportunity to learn more about the latest treatments and research for their particular condition as well as allow healthcare professionals to hear first-hand from patients and their families about their concerns and experiences.
I was one of 4 speakers with various smell/taste disorders resulting from a virus, sinus problems, head trauma and (me) genetics. We each spoke for about 10 minutes, then a medical professional followed up with the latest news and research in that particular area. There was then an opportunity for questions and discussion with the many other patients who attended. It was a fascinating day and I highly recommend these sessions if you, or someone you know, is affected by a particular medical condition they are discussing.