To support and promote the evidence informed professional development of the community of medical educators.
The purpose of the group is to:
- Promote and disseminate good practice for the benefit of patient care.
- Encourage the scholarly development and career progression of educators.
- Facilitate networking and collaboration across medical education communities.
We do this by:
- Involvement in planning and running themed sessions at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)
- Developing educators through various events, and through the bestowing of various Educator Development Committee awards
- Running regional and national events to address topical learning needs of medical educators
- Promoting collaboration with other relevant organisations and interest groups supporting educator development
Current members of the EDC
Professor Colin Macdougall (Chair)
I am head of the MBChB programme at Warwick Medical School, having joined the school in 2002. As deputy head until 2016, I was previously responsible for learning and teaching (including the new curriculum), international aspects of the course and students with disabilities.
Nationally, as well as being chair of the ASME Education Development Committee, I am an elected member of the BMA’s Medical Academic Sub Committee (MASC). I am also an assessor for the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and continue to work in Paediatric allergy.
I’m a Consultant Rheumatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. I’m also an Associate Lecturer and the Clinical Sub-Dean (Curriculum) for the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Undergraduate Clinical Supervisor Programme there (a programme for junior doctors to run regular small group teaching for clinical medical students). I have previously worked as the Director of Medical Education at Hinchingbrooke and am a Postgraduate Educational and Clinical Supervisor for rheumatology trainees. I have been involved in developing and delivering several educator development programmes including the Cambridge PGCert in Medical Education, the iFME (integrated foundations in medical education) regional training programme, our undergraduate student teaching to teach programme, the HEEoE Teaching the trainers course and a faculty development programme for the University of Jaffna (Sri Lanka). In addition to my work with the ASME Educator Development Committee I also work with the ASME Leadership Development Group helping to deliver the ASME Developing Leaders in Healthcare Education Programme (DLHE). If you want to discuss any of these programmes in more detail do get in contact with me.
I am a GP in the East Midlands. I am also Director of BM BS Education Governance and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham.
I have been a member of the EDC for six years and currently help lead the development of regional medical education meetings.
I have been a researcher and educator in medical education for almost twenty years, with a particular interest in general practice education. I hold two roles – one with the GP Education Unit, Southampton supporting research and development into GP education with trainees, programme directors and associate deans in Wessex. The other is Programme Lead for the MA Medical Education and Convenor for the University's Medical Education Research Centre. The programme supports the professional development of healthcare educators through the study of educational theories and approaches, and practitioner-led enquiry into educational practice. In this role I support educators from a range of specialties, healthcare backgrounds and roles in theorising their practice in order to better understand it using academic literature, professional conversations with peers, and research. I am also part of the wider community of medical educators through links with professional networks, conferences and peer-reviewed journals where best and innovative practice is shared.
I work in Manchester as a Rheumatology Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer. I am also the Associate Academic Lead for Year 4 at Manchester Medical School.
I joined the EDC two and a half years ago after attending a workshop run by the EDC at the ASME ASM in Edinburgh where I felt inspired to get involved.
Jim qualified in 1984 at Cambridge University and then joined the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer for six years, training in medicine & gastroenterology. After leaving the Navy he decided to enter General Practice, and became a partner in a Chichester practice for 22 years.
In 2001, he joined the precursor of BSMS (the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine) to develop Postgraduate Masters courses, but with the announcement of a new Undergraduate School, rapidly became involved with its development, in particular the clinical aspects of the new curriculum. Latterly, he has returned to postgraduate teaching and currently directs the Postgraduate Programme in Medical & Clinical Education.
Although principally a clinical & teaching academic, Jim maintains a deep interest in medical pedagogical research, his personal interests relating to the application of complexity & complex systems theory and their practical application to teaching and learning. He has also validated and led Masters’ programmes in both Leadership and Commissioning & Professional Development, and has also pursued research in these areas. More recently he has been involved in collaborative research into Postgraduate Supervision, Pedagogical aspects of Telemedicine, and the notion of ‘Compassion’ in Healthcare.
I am an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the West Midlands.
I work in a University Teaching Hospital where I am Director of Medical Education.
I am also Associate Postgraduate Dean for Education and Simulation at HEE West Midlands.
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Richard Thomson, Catherine Bennett and Jo Horsburgh are also EDC members.
If you are interested in the EDC, or have ideas on things we could be doing for you please contact [email protected]
Frequency of meetings - the EDC will meet at least three times per annum.
Click on one of the below tabs for information about these past conferences
Best Practice in Undergraduate Medical EducationThe Midlands Regional Perspective
April 5th 2017 Leicester University Medical School
The Best Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education conference was a huge success, with many interesting workshops and oral presentations. Please click on the links below to view or download copies of the presentations.
How can we produce medical educators of the future? Joanne Wallace
Primary Care – Developing a new Curriculum: a white knuckle ride Drs Anil Sood, Emma Hayward, Chris Williams
Medical Education Research Networks RK McKinley, Director of Medical Education Research and Scholarship
Work-life balance. What does this mean to medical students at different stages of training, and are they achieving it? Aled Picton
Behavioural responses of first year students to a core curriculum, experiential, mindfulness course. J Hales
Introduction of a Medical Student Sabbatical Post: How Can We Improve Student Experience? Olivia Macnamara, Simon Gay, Pam Hagan, Gillian Doody
Patient Feedback: Acceptability to Students Dr Kate Owen
Exploring the experiences and impact of mentoring and buddying for undergraduate medical students Dr Hayley Andrews
Dr Potato Head: is GP tutor enthusiasm perceived differently by students and faculty? Dr Tracy Lovatt and Dr Maggie Bartlett
Prof. Richard Holland, Head of Medical School (elect) presentation
The First ASME Northwest Medical Education Forum
On 6th April 2017 more than 70 delegates from Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and UCLAN medical schools gathered at the Roscoe Building at the University of Manchester for the first ASME Northwest Medical Education Forum.
This gathering was encouraged and supported by ASME’s Educator Development Committee and the occasion was appropriately marked by Professor Val Wass, the 2015 ASME Gold Medal Award winner and former Professor of Community Based Medical Education at Manchester, who delivered a stimulating and challenging presentation entitled “Doctors without borders”.
Workshops on a broad range of medical education topics, numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and superb hospitality provided by Manchester Medical School served to complete a thoroughly excellent day. It is clear that Medical Education is thriving in the North West and thoughts are already turning to the organisation of the next meeting.
Val Wass (pictured left)
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ASME announces 2016 Education Development Group award winners
The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) has announced the winners of its Educator Development Group (EDG) award, with the winners receiving £1,000 in funding each.
The inaugural EDG Educator Development Awards provide funding for an individual to further develop themselves as a medical educator and is aimed at those who are in the early or mid-stages of their career. The award can be used for travel and attendance at conferences and institutions at home and abroad.
Dr Reem Abraham, Professor of Physiology at Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka in India, is the first ASME member from an emergent country to receive an ASME award. Dr Abraham plans to travel to Maastricht to work on her Problem Based Learning (PBL) program.
Dr Abraham says: “I am completely over the moon that ASME has given me such a fantastic opportunity. Without this grant I would not have been able to make the journey to Maastricht and so would not be getting the chance to further my studies.
“This will allow me to review, reorganise and reflect on the existing PBL practices at Manipal University.”
Dr Tracy Lovatt, lecturer in Medical Education at Keele University School of Medicine, will use the award to undertake a postgraduate Institute of Leadership and Management course at Bristol University.
Dr Lovatt says: “As a lecturer in medical education, and with a role in staff development, I observe teaching practice in Keele School of Medicine and local hospitals. This grant will give me the opportunity to gain experience in educational coaching, along with teaching skills, organisational skills and professional approaches. This, in turn, will not only aide my personal development, but it will offer Keele University School of Medicine an insight into effective coaching and mentoring teaching methods, and their impact on student learning.”
This award is part of ASME’s commitment to producing opportunities for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skills. ASME is a membership organisation which aims to meet the needs of teachers, trainers and learners in medical education by supporting research-informed, best practice across the continuum of medical education via its grants, journals, conferences and meetings.
Professor Jennifer Cleland, Chair of Council for ASME, says: “We are thrilled to make a positive impact on the careers of up and coming medical educators. This year’s awards are testament to the benefits ASME membership can bring, whether you’re based in the UK or further afield.”