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The ASME Board introduced a new award in 2020 – the Board Award, to extend and complement the existing awards offered to our members.

The aim of this award is to fund one high quality research project per year, up to the value of £20,000, which is strongly aligned to ASME’s strategic priorities.  The Board believe this size of award will provide a ‘next step’ for ASME members who have held smaller awards previously.  Each year, we will highlight the strategic priorities that we would particularly welcome applications on, to support the Board to advance scholarship in medical education.  For 2021 we welcomed projects with a focus on support and wellbeing; or preparing learners for online patient consultations.

In addition, for 2021 only, we will fund a second Board award, to support the development and dissemination of practical and scalable tools to enable medical schools to better meet the challenge of supporting the ‘Covid19 cohorts’ of medical students, which may be larger, more diverse and have greater support needs due to pandemic disruption.

We are very pleased to announce that the funding for the two Board Awards 2021 has been awarded as follows:

Advancing scholarship through effective and sustainable medical education research units: a realist evaluation

The team carrying out this work, scheduled to start October 2022, consists of the following members

Dr Eliot Rees, Keele University (principal investigator), Dr Peter Yeates, Keele University (co-investigator), and Dr Paul Crampton, Hull York Medical School (co-investigator).

Dr Eliot Rees

Dr Peter Yeates

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Dr Paul Crampton


On hearing of their award, the team said 

We are extremely grateful to ASME for this award.  This funding will enable us to undertake rigorous research to better understand what contributes to effective and sustainable medical education research environments, both in the UK and internationally.  In addition to the outputs of the research, we will be able to build collaboration with colleagues and further develop skills in realist research.  We look forward to sharing our results with ASME and the medical education community in due course.

Finding the Silver Lining in the COVID Cloud: developing
best practice for early years medical education

The team carrying out this work, scheduled to start August 2022, consists of the following members

Primary Investigator: Dr Nandini Hayes, Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences,  Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Co-applicants: Ms Maria Hayfron-Benjamin, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, Queen Mary, University of London, and Dr Pedro Elston.

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Dr Nandini Hayes Ms Maria Hayfron-Benjmin Dr Pedro Elston   


On hearing of their award, the team said 

We are delighted to receive this ASME funding which allow us to start building a community of practice of early year medical educators. It will also allow us to determine how medical educational practices have changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to explore how these changes are now impacting the early years of medical degrees, as well as enabling us to organise a second national conference for early year medical educators to meet, share good ideas and network.   

The ASME Board passes on their congratulations to both teams and look forward to reading updates on their work in the future.

We are pleased to announce that applications for the ASME Board Award 2022 are now being accepted. For more information,  please click here 

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