ASME Research Methodology Group: Lunchtime Journal Club

23rd February 2024


The purpose of the RMG Special Interest Group is to provide a forum for discussion of research paradigms and approaches to support the work of the Educational Research Committee (ERC) and wider ASME aims.  In line with that, the ASME RMG Journal Club is an opportunity to meet together online to look at a recent medical education journal paper in the field, with a particular focus on methodologies.

It will meet on the last Friday of every month, February – June (and then break for summer).  The next meeting of RMG’s 23/24 Lunchtime Journal Club will be on Friday 23rd February, from 1:00 – 2:00. All are welcome to come along and join in the discussion.

The paper under discussion will: An intersectional participatory action research approach to explore and address class elitism in medical education – Foreshew – 2022 – Medical Education – Wiley Online Library (Med Educ. 2022;56:1076–1085)

Dr Morven Shearer, RMG committee member, will be presenting the paper and facilitating the associated discussion.  All welcome!

The RMG Lunchtime Journal Club will continue on the last Friday of every month until June 28th 2024, with the next meeting on Friday March 29th 2024.

Note: The textbook highlighted at the recent RME conference in London ‘Starting Research in Clinical Education’ (Rees, Ledger & Walker, 2024) has a chapter on action research (Chapter 12: Action research: improving clinical education programmes), which provides useful background for anyone unfamiliar with the approach.


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Session speaker: Dr Morven Shearer

Morven is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews, and Director of the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies. A life scientist originally, she became interested in wider issues of bioethics and science policy and subsequently moved into the area of medical ethics and law. Her areas of interest are trust and fairness, with a policy and practice focus. She has chaired the research ethics committee (REC) in Medicine for 8 years, and served as deputy convenor for the University REC. In the education-sphere, her research interests centre around interdisciplinarity, the teaching and assessing of ethics and the ethical review of pedagogic research and scholarship. A former Director of Teaching in the School of Biology and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science, she values collaboration and led a cross-institutional faculty learning community to explore reflective academic practice.

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