The Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education (JASME) is a career group within ASME for medical students and Foundation Year doctors. One of its key goals is to encourage, promote and conduct medical education research initiated by students and junior doctors.
The Sir John Ellis Prize is an established and highly regarded national prize for new student work on a topic within medical education. Besides being awarded the prize, winners will be invited to present their work at a plenary session of the ASME Annual Scholarship Meeting.
This is intended as an individual award for work carried out as part of an undergraduate degree in medicine. Exceptionally, the award may be made jointly to two undergraduate students for a collaborative project, provided each has made a substantial contribution. Applicants must be members of JASME
Groups of more than two students will not be considered for this award; likewise, students who have collaborated with or received significant input from staff or graduate students/fellows will not be eligible. This does not exclude appropriate support and supervision from members of staff, which is encouraged.
All submissions must include a clear statement of the work done by the student and any supervision, support and collaboration involved.
The Sir John Ellis Award is for students who have completed a project during a student-selected component or similar activity. There is a separate award for projects completed during an intercalation year (please see the ASME Intercalation Award). A winner and runner-up in each category will be announced and each will receive a certificate.
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:
- 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.
Submissions must be original and not derived from any other body of work by the student or collaborators. The work must not have been submitted previously for any other award, presented at national or international meetings or published in full or in part in any medium.
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.
Decision making and feedback
All submissions for JASME prizes will be assessed by two independent assessors, using strict criteria. Feedback will be provided by email on all eligible submissions. The decision of the assessors on eligibility and the awards is final and not open to question or challenge.
All information required to enter this award is published on this webpage. No discussions regarding possible entries or results of the judging will be possible.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday 11th February 2021.