The “Excellent Medical Education” Programme was established in response to a recognition of the need for further research-based evidence related to medical education and training, through supporting capacity building and increasing the volume of high-quality medical education research. Applications using quantitative or qualitative, established or innovative methods are welcome.

All Individual ASME members who are based in the UK, or staff at UK-based Institutions that are members of ASME are eligible to apply, provided their organisation is capable of fulfilling the role of a research sponsor (e.g. an NHS organisation, academic institution). ASME particularly welcomes applicants from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

ASME and the GMC do not intend to name specific topic areas and welcome applications on a wide range of issues across the continuum of medical education in the following categories:

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate / Continuing Professional Development
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI)

Three awards will be available, across the 3 categories of medical education outlined above. The programme is intended to support research which is related to the innovation, development, implementation and sustainability of excellent medical education which has an impact at either the individual (medical students, doctors in training, SAS doctors and consultants, and/or patients) or systems level (e.g. informing or leading to organisational change).


ASME is delighted to announce the 2023 recipients as follows:



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Nicola Jones, Mark Lilicrap, Charlotte Tullinius, Jeremy Webb,  (University of Cambridge), Zilley Khan (Royal Papworth Hospital) were awarded the prize for their submission: From vicious to virtuous cycle for the workforce in the NHS.

“We are delighted to have been successful in our application to the joint ASME / GMC Excellent Medical Education Award 2023 and are eager to get underway with our study to evaluate the impact of Clinical Teaching Fellows on the experience of medical students – thank you!”

@Zilley_Khan @ClinEduRes_ucam



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Lisa-Jayne Edwards (University of Warwick), Claire Stocker (Aston University), Julie Browne (Cardiff University), Cara Bezzina (University of Glagow), David Hettle (University of Bristol), were awarded the prize for their submission: Exploring the experiences and perspectives of junior doctors in Entry-Level Medical Education Roles (ELMERs) that promote pursuit of a medical education career in the United Kingdom.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this prestigious grant to further explore Entry-Level Medical Education Roles (ELMERs), the experiences of the junior doctors undertaking them and how they contribute to the development of future medical educators. We are very grateful to be given the opportunity to bring this work to the forefront and we are looking forward to presenting our findings in due course.”

@lja_ed @dave_hettle @bezzinacara @GreyLiterature



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Megan Brown, Dr Anna Harvey Bluemel (Newcastle University), Matthew Byrne (University of Oxford), Dr Neera Jain (University of Auckland), Professor Gabrielle Finn (University of Manchester), were awarded the prize for their submission: DisabLED: Disabled doctors’ Lived Experiences of the transition to Doctoring.

“We are so pleased to have been awarded this funding by ASME and the GMC to explore disabled trainees’ lived experiences of becoming a doctor utilising longitudinal qualitative research, and research poetry. We are a collaboration between the MedEd Collaborative, the University of Manchester, and the University of Auckland formed of interested academics, practitioners, educators, and those with lived experience of disability. Our work tells us that this is an important and under-researched topic in terms of disabled doctors’ wellbeing, and we are hoping to explore initial changes to improve disabled doctors’ support. We look forward to working with ASME and the GMC to promote the impact of this research. We hope to share findings and co-produced poems from the project in 2025.”

@Megan_EL_Brown @mededcollab


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