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ASME awards Medical Education Travelling Fellowship 2019 grant to PhD candidate Anique Atherley of Western Sydney University and Maastricht University

ASME awards Medical Education Travelling Fellowship grant to PhD candidate Anique Atherley of Western Sydney University and Maastricht UniversityAnique 2


Research project sheds light on medical students’ support networks as they transition between pre-clinical and clinical phases of their education


The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), in co-operation with academic publishers John Wiley & Sons Inc, has awarded its Medical Education Travelling Fellowship grant to Dr Anique Atherley, joint PhD candidate of Western Sydney University and Maastricht University.


Dr Atherley has over eight years of experience in medical education research, including being the lead researcher on several medical education studies conducted at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. She will use ASME’s grant to facilitate a research visit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in July 2019. 

ASME / Wiley Fellowship recipient Dr Anique Atherley says: “I am so very honoured and humbled to be selected for this grant. I am excited to have the opportunity to visit the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) in Vancouver which will allow me to propel my third PhD project forward and gain international contacts in a stimulating environment.”


Dr Atherley’s research focuses on how medical trainees’ relationships and social support networks are affected by the transition between pre-clinical and clinical training which are integral parts of their education.

The field is currently minimally researched, and Dr Atherley hopes to explore it through qualitative social network analysis (SNA), a methodology which is already being utilised by PhD students at CHES.


Dr Kim Walker, ASME’s Director of Publications, says: “Dr Atherley’s project promises to shed light on an area of medical education that is currently poorly understood. 

“As medical educators, understanding how students’ lives are affected by some of the bigger changes during their training, will allow us to address these changes and support future doctors throughout these periods. 

“This project could lead to ground-breaking findings, and we are delighted to be able to support it.” 

ASME regularly supports medical education researchers through a comprehensive range grants, prizes and awards. More information can be found here: https://www.asme.org.uk/awards.html

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The University of the West Indies is very proud of our outstanding graduate and medical education scholar. Congratulations Dr. Atherley on this award and we salute ASME for recognizing the significance of your work!

The University of the West Indies is very proud of our outstanding graduate and medical education scholar. Congratulations Dr. Atherley on this award and we salute ASME for recognizing the significance of your work!
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