The Junior Association for the Study of Medical Education (JASME) is a special interest group within ASME for medical students. One of its key goals is to encourage, promote and conduct medical education research initiated by students.
The Sir John Ellis Prize is an established and highly regarded national prize for new student work on a medical education topic. Besides being awarded the prize, winners will be invited to present their work at a plenary session of the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting.
This is intended as an individual award for work carried out as part of an undergraduate degree in medicine. Applicants must be members of JASME. Exceptionally, the award may be made jointly to not more than two undergraduate students for a collaborative project, provided each has made a substantial contribution.
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.
Categories of award
There are two potential awards each year, one for a project carried out within an intercalated year and one for a project within a student selected component or similar activity. A winner and runner-up in each category will be announced and each will receive a certificate. All entrants must include a clear indication of the category of the submission and an explanation if necessary.
Projects may range from original research, through detailed literature reviews to educational interventions. 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. It may be more appropriate to submit work for other JASME awards (e.g. Essay Prize and Innovation Award) if these criteria are not met. Only work that relates to medical education will be considered. Submissions with no relevance to this subject area will not be acknowledged.
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.
Decision making and feedback
All submissions will be assessed by two independent assessors, using the same 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 Sunday 4th February 2018.