ASME announces recipients of our 2020 PhD / Doctoral Grant

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 Research project focuses on using virtual patients to reduce errors in diagnosis The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) has revealed the recipients of its 2020 ASME PhD / Doctoral Grant. This is the fourth time ASME has awarded this studentship. Located at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, the winning project will investigate the effectiveness of personalised self-regulated learning enhanced feedback using virtual patients on clinical reasoning among early medical and physician associate students.   Supervisors include Professor John Sandars and Professor Jeremy Brown of Edge Hill University, in cooperation with Doctor Rakesh Patel and Doctor Christopher Madan at the University of Nottingham. At its core, the PhD programme aims to improve clinical reasoning among early medical and physician associate students. The chosen candidate will explore how a virtual patient platform helps medical educators assess their students’ clinical knowledge. They can also identify core self-regulated learning thinking required before, during and after making...
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HLA-Medics.Academy Summit 2021: International Innovation and Medical Education - Learning Across the Globe

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    TASME was proud to support The HLA-Medics.Academy Summit 2021 on the 29-30th May 2021. The summit sought to deliver the very best of medical education innovation to a local and global audience. The conference started with lessons from yester years from Professor Dame Praveen Kumar from ‘Kumar and Clarke's Clinical Medicine’ on the changing role of the doctor. Kumar described the paradigm shift that has seen clinicians pursue a more varied portfolio career, instead of the traditional tunnel vision clinical route. She explained how burnout and the increasing preference for more flexibility is causing clinicians to pursue a variety of career options. On the innovative platform frontier, PlasticsFella shared their journey of setting up an open source educational model that delivers plastic surgery education through podcasts, evidence based journal articles and interview preparation. As more content was added, the number of users grew significantly. Premium features generate revenue for...
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The TASME Mentorship Award 2021: Transgender and Non-binary Clinician Mentorship

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      I'm Jo, I’m queer and non-binary (pronouns they/them) and I’m a specialist registrar in genitourinary medicine and HIV in London. I’m excited to put in motion my vision for transgender and non-binary clinician mentorship, and grateful to TASME for this opportunity. As trans and non binary (T/NB) people, we face daily struggles both within a healthcare context and in wider society. Barely a day seems to go by without a disparaging newspaper article or Twitter attack. Gender affirming healthcare has been stretched to the limit, with T/NB people facing down either multiple-year waits for first appointments, or bills of thousands of pounds to go private. Even working within the NHS, transgender staff report high levels of bullying and discrimination (Stonewall Trans Report, 2008). Clinicians in primary and secondary care may be tempted to dismiss trans health issues as rare, and therefore not worth devoting precious learning-time to. After...
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Review of ‘Miro’ a collaborative online white-board used at a TASME Workshop

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    Review of ‘Miro’ a collaborative online white-board used at the TASME Workshop ‘Clinical Teaching Problems: Pop Up Peer Solutions’ at the Ten Years of TASME: TASME’s Travel Through Time Conference As part of the TASME Conference ‘Ten Years of TASME: TASME’s Travel Through Time’ in association with MedAll on Saturday 15th May, a few of the TASME committee members decided to run a workshop entitled ‘Clinical Teaching Problems: Pop Up Peer Solutions’. The TASME committee identified some clear challenges when we, as trainees, design, deliver and evaluate clinical teaching so we wanted to create a buzzing hive-mind whereby other trainees could gather to discuss their own challenges and help one another to come up with peer-peer solutions. Before the workshop, the TASME committee collected common clinical teaching problems from their peers, colleagues and from the international Medical Education community via Twitter. The workshop started by introducing some common themes...
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TASME 2021 Conference Prize Winners

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  TASME 2021 conference was a massive success, and one worth of celebrating our 10-year birthday. We would like to thank everyone involved in the day and those who attended! We had some fantastic works submitted and we are highlighting here our prize winners! Oral Presentation Winner – Cailbhe Doherty Congratulations to Cailbhe for his fantastic presentation on “The LEARN Study: a prospective analysis of learner audience retention with multimedia instructional video lectures”. Not only was it a very topical talk for the increasing virtual presence of medical education, but also an extremely slick and well-designed talk. Oral Presentation Runner Up – Anna Harvey A huge well done to Anna who presented “What does success mean to medical students who identify as widening participation? An informal stakeholder scoping study and narrative review”. An excellently presented talk on a topic close to many of our hearts. We are very excited to hear...
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TASME 2021 Spring Conference: 10 Years of TASME

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  On 15th May, the TASME community came together to celebrate TASME’s 10th Birthday, at the TASME 2021 Spring Conference, and what a celebration it was! TASME’s first virtual conference was attended by almost 300 delegates and was a packed day, rich with discussions and ideas across a wide range of education topics; from educating Out of Hours, to Experienced Based Learning, Inclusivity in the Curriculum and how to make the most of Social Media in Medical education. We heard from a panel of educators about their diverse journeys and destinations in medical education and their personal Top Tips. We were treated to three inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speakers; Dr Emma Vaux who enthused the audience to consider that they are Never too Busy to Learn, and gave practical tips to creating a working environment geared for learning. Professor Louise Dubras, who navigated the choppy waters of journeys in education, giving...
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The meaning of success

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 Anna Harvey is currently between her final year of medical school at King’s College London and an Academic Foundation post in the Northern Deanery. Her areas of interest in clinical education research are mainly around identity development and she hopes to be able to investigate this further during her academic time. Outside of medicine she aspires to adequacy in her other identities: daughter, sister, auntie, partner and friend. “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others. To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived: this is to have succeeded.”   This passage, generally attributed to...
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"Low-Cost, High-fidelity 3D Printed Task Trainers" – Finding the right support for an idea

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Krishan Nandapalan Krishan is a 4th year medical student at Newcastle University with a keen interest in acute medicine and the use of technology in healthcare, especially 3D printing. In his spare time, he likes playing games of all kinds and doing DIY projects. Krishan was awarded the ASME EDC Education Innovation Award 2020 for his work around 3D printing task trainers. Over the past year, I've been designing and 3D printing task trainers: models that healthcare professionals use to practise clinical procedures, like venipuncture arms. This started as what I'd call a 'project' borne out of my free time but grew into a venture that includes winning the ASME EDC Education Innovation Award 2020, preparing to publish research, and starting a business. Starting and progressing this project wasn’t always easy and I received considerable support from others along the way so I want to talk about the impact they had on...
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You could be an ASME Director

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ASME NEEDS YOU! Want to make an active contribution to ASME and its Aims and Mission?  ASME’s Board of Directors would like to invite applications from the membership to apply to join the Board as a Director for 12 months.  This is to enable interested members who wish to make an active contribution to ASME, gain experience and insight into how a Board operates, influence policy and/or ideas and to provide a fresh and possibly alternative viewpoints/ideas to the Board. The role will involve working with our Director of Networks on a project related to our Special Interest Groups.  Election of Directors by the Membership - process Should a member wish to nominate either themselves or another member to join the Board as a Director (limited to one position), they should submit a 300 word statement outlining their background and experience and what they consider they would bring to ASME generally...
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ASME/Pride

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As we enter Pride month, ASME would like to highlight our strong commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. Medical Education is an inclusive, supportive space and we at ASME are passionate about representing & providing a voice within MedEd for issues affecting all genders and sexualities. With this in mind, we would like to hear from our members and beyond about the challenges and opportunities affecting LGBTQ+ students, doctors, healthcare professionals, educators and patients in 2021. We would love to share your voice on our regular ASME blog - please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your perspectives this Pride month.  

Announcing the New Leaders Award 2021 Winner

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  The New Leaders Award is an annual prize which recognises outstanding leadership in the field of medical education for those early in their medical education career. The award is designed to provide recognition for those who have taken a leadership or management role in undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing  professional development that has had clear benefit and impact on improving the quality of learning, teaching or the patient experience.  By early career, we mean medical students, doctors in training, lecturers, supervisors, support staff or mentors who have been formally involved in a leadership or management role or activity in medical education for less than five years. We are pleased  to announce the winner of the 2021 award: Dr Peter Leadbetter, Edge Hill University with the submission Leading the Foundation Year for Medicine: a widening participation initiative Personally, I am "over the moon" to receive this award in an area I am so passionate about. It is heart-warming to receive external...
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Winners announced: ASME Institutional ‘Commitment to Scholarship’ Awards 2021

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ASME Institutional ‘Commitment to Scholarship’ Award ASME’s mission is to Advance Scholarship in Medical Education.  Many of our awards have supported individuals to achieve excellence in medical education but, of course, the organisation in which the individual is embedded can make a huge difference to their ability to achieve this excellence.  Therefore, we are delighted to introduce the ASME Institutional ‘Commitment to Scholarship’ Award. This award is a non-monetary prize awarded to an institution that is a member of ASME and claims exceptional commitment to ‘Advancing Scholarship in Medical Education’ (i.e. research, evaluation, innovation, practitioner inquiry), including translation of medical education ‘evidence’ into policy or practice. A maximum of three awards were available for 2021, one from each of the following application categories: 1) Higher Education Institution (e.g. school/college of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, etc) 2) Healthcare provider (e.g. NHS Trust) 3) Other (e.g. charity, placement provider, royal college etc)....
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