Researching Medical Education Conference (RME2021): member spotlight

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Researching Medical Education is a one-day conference for all those interested in medical and clinical education research. The conference is designed and run by the Association for the Study of Medical Education’s Education Research Committee. This year's theme of agility and flexibility reflects important characteristics of successful clinical education research at any time, not just during a global pandemic. The process of research rarely goes completely to plan and can be influenced by factors beyond the researcher's control. RME 2021 presents an opportunity to share and discuss research approaches that allow for adaptation and to consider the practical and ethical implications of maintaining flexibility in research. In the run-up to RME 2021, our events team interviews some of the ASME members who will be attending the event, to help you to get to know some of the delegates and what they have to say about RME.   Member Spotlight 1: Dr Eliot Rees...

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The TASME career group is recruiting committee members


  TASME is recruiting for its Events, Communications and Awards Teams.    Role Title: TASME National Committee Member – Communications Team Accountable to: TASME Directorate, and ASME Director of Career Groups and ultimately the Board of Directors Location: Post holder’s normal base Duration: Two-year appointment, subject to satisfactory annual reviews. An additional one-year term can be undertaken for TASME only. It is estimated the role requires approximately 1.5 days per month to undertake the duties associated with the position. Vacancies: 1 To download a TASME 2021-22 Communications Recruitment Information guide, please click here   Role Title: TASME National Committee Member – Events Team Accountable to: TASME Directorate, and ASME Director of Career Groups and ultimately the Board of Directors Location: Post holder’s normal base Duration: Two-year appointment, subject to satisfactory annual reviews. An additional one-year term can be undertaken for TASME only. It is estimated the role requires approximately 3 days...

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Quality Improvement in medical education: what is it and why is it important?


Written by Will Doherty, an Academic FY1 at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Will is on the Communications subteam of JASME (Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education).   William Doherty Twitter: @wj_doherty Quality improvement (QI) is an often-nebulous concept which eludes the understanding of medical students. It is a model frequently taught at medical schools with limited success. My first real experience of QI came during my fourth year at university when I was thrown in at the deep end of a data-based clinical audit. With no prior experience and a very limited understanding of QI principles, I found myself in the driving seat of this project. I was set the task of finding a group of clinical standards and collecting departmental data to compare against these. Which clinical standards were relevant? How do I go about collecting data? These questions troubled me as I took on this project. When in...

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Clinical Education in times of Covid-19: An international photo elicitation study

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ERC Research Paper Award 2021 Winner Announcement

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  The Research Paper Award is hosted each year by the Education Research Committee (ERC) and is underpinned by the ASME goal of promotion of high-quality research into medical education. The shortlisted finalists for this prestigious award presented their papers at the ASME Annual Scholarship Meeting (ASM) on Friday 9th July 2021 as part of the virtual conference programme. Judged by a panel of ERC committee members and watched by the virtual delegates, the finalists presented their research papers followed by a Q&A with the virtual audience. ASME are pleased to announce the winner of the ERC RPA 2021 as Megan Brown from Hull York Medical School who presented her research How do Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships works, and why should we care?: An international qualitative analysis of identity performances with Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships   Megan stated: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the ERC Research Paper Award 2021. Matt...

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ASM 2021 Prize Winners List


    ASM 2021 TASME Teaching Innovation and Excellence Prize WINNER: Christopher Smith North West School of Intensive Care Medicine The creation and evaluation of an innovative assessment strategy for a new curriculum in Intensive Care Medicine ASM 2021 TASME Communication Prize WINNER: David Hettle & Danielle Davies North Bristol NHS Trust Not all those who wander are lost: Clinical Teaching Fellowships & their role in doctors' career development as clinicians and educators   ASM 2021 TEL Communication Prize WINNER: Shaunna Kelly, Catherine Bruen, Dr Brian Creaner, Dr Caroline Delaney, Prof Teresa Pawlikowska, Dr Michelle Flood Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Design and Evaluation of a Virtual Patient for Early Training in Disclosure of Medical Error     ASM 2021 JASME Communication Prize WINNER: Alicia Boam, Julie Browne, Katie Webb & Osa Eghosa-Aimufua Cardiff University Keeping up appearances - the employment of mixed qualitative methods in exploring the experiences of women medical...

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JASME is recruiting for committee roles


   JASME Committee Applications 2021 JASME (Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education) engages with medical students and junior doctors across the country. We are currently looking for new enthusiastic members to get involved with the committee and take on a management role within the organisation. We are a voluntary committee but as many of our committee members will agree, it is a great opportunity to develop your education, management, and leadership skills at a national level. Please note that the usual term on the committee is 2 years, with further progression available.There is a detailed list of the roles available and their descriptions found on our social media, as well as some general expectations of our committee members. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - @JASME_UK) or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ts can include medical students and allied health professionals...

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The President's Medal 2021

The President's Medal I am delighted to announce that this years' recipient of the ASME President's Medal is Emeritus Professor John Cookson.  John has had a long and distinguished career in medical education and has made a substantial contribution both at a national and international level.  He continues to be at the forefront of education in his role as Development Dean for the three counties medical school, University of  Worcester. This appointment capitalised on his vast experience, principally in undergraduate education across three other medical schools. He is a long-serving member of ASME and has, for many years, been the backbone and driver of the psychometrics special interest group bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm, and contributing to the strategic direction of the ASME board. John qualified as a doctor at Birmingham medical school and went on to become a  consultant physician with a special interest in respiratory disease in Leicester. His...

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ASME Small Grants 2021 Recipients

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The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), which includes in its goals, the promotion of high quality research into medical education, annually invites Members (including undergraduate student members and employees of institutions that are members of the Association) to submit bids for small grants to support a research study in the field of medical or other healthcare education. ASME welcomes submissions from new as well as established researchers. ASME particularly welcomes applicants from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. Some educational research projects require modest amounts of funding to cover expenses such as focus group attendance, travel, and simulated patient fees. These grants are intended to assist such projects. All recipients of the Small Grants award are contractually obligated to produce an end of project report to the ASME Board and to make, via open licence, any teaching / learning resource produced, available via ASME’s website to its membership.  The maximum award per individual...

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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


    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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