The “Excellent Medical Education” Programme is a set of national prizes established jointly by ASME and the GMC for the first time in 2015 and they are intended to fund high-quality medical education research, development and innovation. 

This is in response to recognition of the need for further research-based evidence related to medical education and training, through supporting capacity building and increasing the volume of high-quality medical education research. Applications using quantitative or qualitative, established or innovative methods will be welcome. 

All ASME members who are based in the UK are eligible to apply, provided their organisation is capable of fulfilling the role of a research sponsor (e.g. an NHS organisation, academic institution). 

ASME and the GMC do not name specific topic areas and welcome applications on a wide range of issues, across the continuum of medical education:

  • Undergraduate  
  • Postgraduate / Continuing Professional Development  

In 2020, three awards were available up to the value of £5000, across the 2 categories of medical education outlined above. The programme is intended to support research which is related to the innovation, development, implementation and sustainability of excellent medical education which has an impact at either the individual (medical students, doctors in training, SAS doctors and consultants, and/or patients) or systems level (e.g. informing or leading to organisational change).    

We are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients as follows:

JOnesLinda Jones, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Medical Education Dundee with their submission Considerations for practice: effective use of online discussion Boards, awarded in the CPD category

“Here at Dundee we have been passionate about online learning since before the pandemic. We undertook a scoping project, using appreciative inquiry, to identify  and amplify what works best in the design, delivery and moderation of discussion boards locally. Winning this award allows us to gather more data from our undergraduate population, build on findings, capture and share our experiences of optimising use of discussion boards with our with our post graduate medical education community. We hope the outcomes will inform faculty development, provide techniques and approaches that will enable and promote online peer support and learning  to the wider higher education audience. Thank you, we are delighted to have won this excellence in medical education award.”


Picture Zoe MoulaZoe Moula, Research Fellow, Medical Education Innovation & Research Centre (MEdIC), Imperial College London, with their submission Deconstructing ‘BAME’: Protecting, embracing, and promoting authenticity in medical students from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, awarded in the Undergraduate category

“I am truly grateful to receive the ASME/GMC Excellent Medical Education Award 2020, an incredible opportunity for an early career researcher and a testament to the Medical Education Innovation Research Centre’s (MEdIC) longstanding commitment to the collaboration between students and staff. The grant will be used to involve medical students as co-researchers in the development of strategies that promote cultural diversity and authenticity in medical schools. The funds will be also used to create an online gallery of students’ stories – the ‘Stories of authenticity’ – and the short film ‘Speaking authentically’, which will encourage honest conversations around the importance of protecting and embracing our very own identity.”

Dom Proctor HeadshotDominic Proctor, FY1 Doctor, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with their submission Investigating UK Medical Student Attitudes Towards Working Abroad: A Realist Evaluation, awarded in the Undergraduate category

“This is a fantastic opportunity to pursue a project that we feel may have significant implications for policy and practice, and we would like to thank ASME and the GMC for making it all possible.”



 More information on all of ASME’S awards can be found here: https://www.asme.org.uk/awards


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