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ASME’s Education Research Committee are please to announce the finalists of the 2022 round of the RPA. Applicants were requested to submit their research paper describing research that was complete at time of submission. The submissions were judged against the following criteria:

  • Novelty of subject matter or approach within the field of medical education research. 
  • Contribution to the field of medical education research.
  • A clear statement of rationale with a relevant gap in literature identified.
  • Clearly stated research question(s) and/or aims and objectives that are in concordance with the research design.
  • Clear rationale for the methodological / theoretical approach taken.
  • Findings from results clearly reported and the new knowledge generated by the study clearly stated.
  • Relevant discussion and justified conclusions presented with recommendations and / or relevance to practice outlined
  • The paper/submission should be unpublished at the time of application as it has to be original

With all submissions being of high quality, the award assessors awarded finalists places to the following applicants:

RPA FINALIST 22 DARBYSHIREDaniel Darbyshire, Lancaster University: Retention work and strategies: an ethnomethodolgical lens on how emergency physicians make their career sustainable

“I am delighted to be a finalist for the ASME Research Paper Award 2022. One of the many ways this project was developed was by presenting it at the ASME Researching Medical Education Masterclass in 2018 so presenting the finished work at the ASME ASM in Aberdeen feels like a fitting close to the story. It will also be my first face-to-face conference in two and a half years and I can’t wait to listen to the other presenters and hear what the audience thinks of my work.”


RPA FINALIST 22 PATELKajal Patel, University of Dundee: Understanding the learning environment for international Medical Graduates in a Tasmanian setting

“I am delighted to be selected as a finalist for the ASME RPA award! It means so much to be able to share my research findings on a topic I am so passionate about and where there is so little published in the medical education space. I would like to acknowledge my supervisor Dr Linda Jones for her guidance and support during this project.” 



Muirne SpoonerMuirne Spooner, RCSI: The “vibe you get” and the “nurturing attitude”. Factors influencing how learners respond to feedback.

“I’m thrilled to be included in the finalists for this award, which has introduced me to some of my most admired research colleagues. Much thanks are due to my supervisors, Professor Teresa Pawlikowsa and Professor Samuel McConkey. I would like to especially thank the medical students whose voices are the heart of this work.” 


All applicants will be presenting at the ASME ASM 2022 – 6-8 July, Aberdeen, UK  in the RPA finalists’ session and thereafter a winner will be chosen.

More information on all of our awards can be found here: www.asme.org.uk/awards

More detasils on the RPA session will be available soon.