Researching Medical Education Conference (RME2021): member spotlight
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
Eliot Rees in a Lecturer in Medical Education at Keele University
and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice at University College London.
He has recently been appointed Deputy Chair of ASME’s Education Research Committee (ERC).
A: When did you first join ASME and why?
E: I joined ASME in 2012 after attending my first conference. I immediately realised ASME was a community of passionate and innovative educators and would open my eyes to problems and potential solutions in medical education.
A: Why did you first attend ASME’s Research in Medical Education (RME) conference and what did you get from it?
E: I first attended RME in 2017 as I was planning on applying for a PhD in Medical Education. I attended research methods specific workshops and a workshop on supervisor-trainee relationships. What was most useful though was the opportunity to network with colleagues and build relationships. I actually ended up chatting to someone who then became one of my PhD supervisors just a few months later. She encouraged me to pursue the PhD and has been a source of tremendous support throughout.
A: How can this conference help those in medical education?
E: Attending RME isn’t just attending a conference, it’s joining a community of health professions education researchers. It’s a supportive community that wants to see everyone succeed. You can learn about contemporary methods. You can make new collaborations. You can catch up with old friends.
A: What did you enjoy the most in last year’s RME?
E: Last year’s RME was online, so it was a little different. But I loved that this made the conference more accessible to people form diverse backgrounds and career stages.
A: What are you most looking for at 2021’s RME?
E: Seeing old friends and colleagues in the flesh again after two years!
To know more and register for RME 2021, please CLICK HERE.
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