The ASME Intercalation Prize is a fairly new prize, introduced in the academic year 2018/19. The prize follows the same submission criteria and format as the Sir John Ellis Prize, however, is specifically for projects completed during an intercalated degree.

Projects may include:

  • Original research
  • Detailed literature reviews
  • Educational interventions

Submissions should be a description of a piece of work, survey, research or innovation in which the student has been directly involved, in the field of medical education. Candidates should aim to include the following:

  • Aims
  • Methods
  • Outcomes
  • Discussion of medical educational literature
  • Reflection on personal development

The expectation is of a well-structured, purposeful and disciplined piece of work that will be of general interest to a medical education audience. Curricular innovations and new methods are welcomed but must include justification, appropriate references to literature and elements of evaluation – these may be more eligible for our innovation prizes.

It is expected that all projects have an element of evaluation or results at the time of submission. Those that do not have complete results will be marked according to our published mark scheme and their final score may be limited by this omission. We would recommend delaying submission to follow completion and evaluation of the project where possible.

We are pleased to be able to announce the winner and runner up for the 2020 prize

The winner is Niamh McLaughlin, Queens University Belfast, with their submission ‘Sorry doctor….I didn’t hear that…..’: Phenomenological analysis of medical students’ experiences of simulated hearing impairment through virtual reality


Niamh stated “I am really delighted to have been awarded the ASME intercalation prize 2020 for my work on medical students’ lived experiences of simulated hearing impairment through virtual reality (VR). My supervisors; Professor Gerry Gormley, Dr Janet Rogers and Dr John D’Arcy and I believe that this is important work and it can help medical students further empathise with individuals who live with hearing loss. We believe that VR provides students with a more meaningful and holistic insight into the patient’s illness experiences. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to intercalate and be involved with this research, I hope that our research will contribute to student’s insight to patient illness and the field of medical education.’

Niamh has been awarded a monetary prize of £300, a certificate and free registration for our online RME conference, 12 November 2020

The runner up is Maia Osborne-Grinter, University of Edinburgh, with their submission Mental Rehearsal to Enhance Surgical Performance: The Simulation Centre of the Mind. Maia was delighted to hear she had been awarded the runner up prize. Maia has been awarded a monetary prize of £150 and a certificate