The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom have selected three winners for their Excellent Medical Education Programme. ASME is based in the UK and along with the publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd. produce the two journals, Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. For more information about the Excellent Medical Education Programme and other awards available through ASME, visit the ASME site at www.asme.org.uk or click here. The press release follows.
Excellent Medical Education Programme winners announced
The three winners of the joint Association for the Study of Medical Education and General Medical Council Excellent Medical Education Programme have been announced, with each receiving £5,000 in funding.
The Excellent Medical Education Programme is a set of national awards established by ASME and the GMC in order to fund high quality medical education research, development and innovation. This was in response to recognition of the need for further research-based evidence related to medical education and training.
Applications were invited relating to the topics Innovation in Education, Sustaining Excellent Education and Developing and Supporting Educators.
- Continuing Professional Development Winner
Mandy Moffat, University of Aberdeen
Submission title – Educational Development in Context: Developing a Regional Community of Practice (CoP) in Psychiatry
Mandy says: “Together with my colleagues, Dr Isobel Cameron and Dr Daniel Bennett, we are delighted to have been successful in winning the ASME and GMC Excellent Medical Education Programme funding bid. We plan to explore and analyse how our activities around a summer educational CPD event influence the wider community of medical teachers across a large geographical area (Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness). With the funding, we can arrange more planning meetings with our colleagues in Elgin and Inverness, provide a summer studentship to one of our MBChB students to carry out key data collection and initial analysis, and explore and examine our approaches to educational CPD in much more detail, going beyond simple evaluation.”
Jeremy Brown, Edge Hill University
Submission title – An investigation into Specialty Trainee Engagement with E-learning in Health Education North West
Jeremy says: “Our Postgraduate project, to be delivered in the next 12 months, will provide an assessment of the e-learning resources that are being utilised and valued by specialist trainee doctors in Health Education North West. It is important that those managing doctors on Specialist Training Programmes are provided with guidance on e-learning packages and whether they are likely to be beneficial for them. There is a massive increase in technology enhanced learning and it can be argued that research is not keeping up with the pace needed to provide the necessary evidence on its impact on medical education practice.”
Jeremy will be working on the project with Prof Nigel J Shaw, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, Edge Hill University; Dr Stevie Agius, Health Education North West, and
Prof Jacky Hayden, Dean of Postgraduate Medical Studies, Health Education North West.
Dr Janet Lefroy, Keele University School of Medicine
Submission title – Authentic Undergraduate Placements in GP: A Recruiting Force for Generalists?
Dr Lefroy says: “We will be extending an existing study of the transition from student to doctor to explore a) what underpins the choice of speciality for training of Foundation2 doctors from Keele and other medical schools, and b) the influence of undergraduate curricula, in particular exposure to specialities, including general practice, on the doctor’s thinking about career options. The Medical Education Research Group at Keele is grateful to ASME and GMC for funding the award and we are excited to be embarking on this study in autumn 2015.”
Dr Lefroy will be working on the study with Bob McKinley, Ruth Kinston, Simon Gay, Stu McBain and Sarah Yardley.
Nicky Pender, ASME chief executive, says: “We have been impressed with the standard of submissions for the awards and wish all three winners luck with their projects. We very much look forward to seeing the results.”
Dr Vicky Osgood, Director of Education and Standards at the GMC, said: “We value the Excellent Medical Education Programme and support all manner of research, development and innovation in this field. It was pleasing to see so many entries for the programme and the winners are fully deserving of their prizes. This programme will help to continue to improve medical education and training through innovative research projects. We hope this will inspire others in future to take part in such a valuable initiative.”