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2017 President's Medal Winner announced


 A message from our President, Dr John Jenkins CBE

 I am delighted that the 2017 ASME President's Medal is being awarded to Dr Lesley Pugsley,
 to honour her long and distinguished involvement in and contribution to ASME over many years.




As a sociologist, fascinated by a broad spectrum of educational issues and settings, Lesley developed, and willingly shared with others, her wealth of
experience as a qualitative researcher. She served two terms as an elected member on the ASME council and during this time was instrumental in setting
up the Education Research Group, of which she was an inaugural member for 5 years. More recently she has willingly undertaken the role of ASME Treasurer
and assisted the Executive Committee in guiding the organisation through the processes of restructuring and incorporation. Lesley has also undertaken
a number of other senior roles, including as editor of Teaching & Teacher Education and editing the “How to” series, a regular
feature in Education for Primary Care and as reviewer for numerous journals in the field. She has given a great many conference presentations
and led workshops in the UK and across the world, even including since her recent and well-earned “retirement”! Throughout all of this, Lesley
has been noted by all who have come to know her for her willingness to devote her time and energy unstintingly for the benefit of ASME and
medical education more widely. Her long and productive career provides an excellent example to us all of how it is possible to contribute in this
way through the generous and consistent application of ability and determination. Lesley said "On receiving the news that I was to be the 2017
recipient of the President’s Medal, I experienced a mix of emotions. Surprise to have been considered a candidate; sadness, that my formal
relationship with the organisation is coming to an end, and absolute delight at having been honoured in this way."


Dr John Jenkins, in one of his last duties before stepping down as President of ASME, will present Lesley with her award at the ASME ASM 2017, 21 - 23 June in Exeter.




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ASME Members - We want your opinion
As a membership organisation we aspire to ensure we are getting things right for our members. With this in mind, we are planning on carrying out a member survey in the coming months. We are looking to form an e-based focus group made up of members in order to glean information from this knowledge base and from this create a relevant and impactful questionnaire to send to our members. Would you like to be involved? If so, please email Jenny Ogg, Operations Manager,, with a short paragraph explaining what you feel you could contribute to the group. Deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Thursday 9th February and successful applicants will be contacted thereafter with more information.

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Record number of abstract submissions for this year's ASM!

We are happy to announce that we have received a record number of abstract submissions for this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting 

This year's ASM is already off to a great start 

All abstracts are now with our assessors. Thank you for all the submissions

For more information on the ASM and to register please click on the below picture 


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ASME Gold Medal Award Winner 2017

We are delighted to announce the ASME Gold Medal winner 2017 is Professor Mei Ling Young. Mei Ling, of the International Medical University of Malaysia, has worked tirelessly over 25 years to create and develop the IMU. She was motivated by the chronic shortage of doctors in the country in the 1990s and insufficient places in the existing government run medical schools; and the high cost for Malaysian students to study internationally. To stem the loss of talent from Malaysia and make medical education accessible to Malaysians, she established strategic, innovative partnerships with esteemed medical educators across the world. Alongside her vision for evidence based health care education, she has established the Centre for Health Professional Education Research, and a highly regarded international medical education conference which has forged partnerships in research across a variety of health sectors. The IMU medical curriculum has demonstrated that a broad foundation in Malaysia allows students to transfer successfully to a variety of medical curricula across the world, including many who come to the UK.

Mei Ling is also committed to a community engagement programme, IMU Cares, which engages and collaborates with caring organizations to promote wellness, prevent disease and deliver basic healthcare services particularly to marginalised and less privileged communities. Recently IMU have started delivering healthcare to the local population from its academic centres along with programmes of continuous professional development. 

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