Professor John McLachlan of University of Central Lancashire scoops top prize

ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2022 Gold Medal is Professor John McLachlan of UClan – University of Central Lancashire, School of Medicine.

This annual prize is awarded to highly experienced scholars in recognition of their outstanding lifetime contributions to medical education, research and innovation. 

jcmclachlan1Professor McLachlan previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Medical Education, the world-leading journal of ASME. His research work has ranged widely, from quantitative psychometric studies on the factors which predict who will make a good doctor, to qualitative work on the use of arts and humanities in medical education. In particular, his work on how anatomy should be taught in medical schools has proved influential world-wide in bringing about a shift of focus from the preserved cadaver to the living patient. He has advised national bodies such as the Department of Health, Health Education England, the General Medical Council, the UK Foundation Programme Office, and various medical Royal Colleges on policy and practice.

Professor McLachlan, said: “It is an enormous surprise and a very great honour to be awarded the ASME Gold Medal for 2022. My work has benefitted hugely from collaboration with colleagues and students over many years, so my sincere gratitude extends to them as well as to the Association.“

ASME’s Director of Awards, Dr Karen Mattick, said; ‘John is fully deserving of this award with his work making significant and sustained contribution to medical education over recent decades. He has held, and continues to hold, a number of significant positions on national and international boards and has strong track records of publications, mentorship and supervision. John has innovated in research, in assessment and evaluation, leading to the award of National Teaching Fellowship.”

Professor McLachlan has a Plenary session at this year’s ASME Annual Scholarship Meeting in Aberdeen in July, speaking on  ‘Conscientious, Competent and Caring’: producing the junior doctor of the future.


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